Matthew Jones' work focuses on contemporary popular music and issues of gender and sexuality, especially queerness and music. He is currently at work on a book project about music, social justice, and HIV/AIDS activism that chronicles the life and works of Ohio-born activist and songwriter, Michael Callen (1955-1993). His work has appeared (or will appear this year) in The Journal of Popular Music Studies, The Journal of the Society for American Music, and Women & Music. Dr. Jones' next project looks at what he calls "disability virtuosity" in the guitar style of Joni Mitchell.
Jones will be presenting his work "The Hexagram of the Heavens, The Strings of My Guitar:Joni Mitchell’s Crip Virtuosity."