Josh Kun is an American author, editor, academic, artist and curator.
He received a B.A. in literature in 1993 from Duke University, and graduated from University of California, Berkeley, with a Ph.D in ethnic studies. He became an associate professor of English at the University of California, Riverside. As an artist and curator, he has worked with SFMOMA, the California African American Museum, the Grammy Museum, the Los Angeles Public Library, the Hammer Museum and The Getty Foundation, among others.
He is Director of the Annenberg School for Communication, Chair in Cross-Cultural Communication, and Professor of Communication at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at USC. As an artist and curator, has worked with SFMOMA, the California African American Museum, the Grammy Museum, the Los Angeles Public Library, the Hammer Museum, and The Getty Foundation, among others. As a critic and journalist, Kun has contributed to the New York Times, The New Yorker, Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Magazine, and other publications. He is a 2016 MacArthur Fellow, and the winner of a 2018 Berlin Prize and a 2006 American Book Award. He is the author and editor of several books, including Audiotopia: Music, Race, and America (UC Press, 2005); Songs in the Key of Los Angeles (Angel City Press, 2013) and The Tide Was Always High: The Music of Latin America in Los Angeles (UC Press, 2017).
At Loop this year, Kun’s multimedia presentation on the parallels and differences between musical cultures of migrant communities in California and Germany will examine the ways in which music travels and the meanings it accumulates in transit.