Bill Doggett

Bill Doggett is a published scholar on race and performing-arts history with a national profile. He is the author of the San Francisco Historical Society Journal’s Summer 2015 feature, “Emancipation Proclamation: San Francisco and African American Concert Singers: In Paradisum 1880–2000,” and co-author of “Racial Representation in Popular Songs and Recordings 1901,” for the Fall 2019 Journal of the Association for Recorded Sound Collections.

In addition to his summer 2021 WNYC Radiolab and NPR engagement with the multi-episode podcast The Vanishing of Harry Pace, he has been a 2020–2021 artist scholar for Manhattan School of Music’s inaugural Cultural Inclusion Initiative, the 2021 annual William Levi Dawson Lecture presenter for Tuskegee University, and the 2017 annual Valente Lecture presenter for UC Davis’s Music Department. During 2021, Doggett authored interviews for the American Composers Forum’s I Care If You Listen with countertenor John Holiday, composer Daniel Bernard Roumain, and performance artist Damien Norfleet for their connections with Opera Philadelphia’s digital productions. His website is

Articles By This Author

Bill Doggett - August 16, 2022

How a great American composer discovered the value of his African roots.

Bill Doggett - February 16, 2022

This expansive essay explores the cultural contradictions of the Harlem Renaissance and American culture informing Still’s musical achievements.

Bill Doggett - February 15, 2022

The remarkable documentary brings viewers intimately close to the fabled singer.

Bill Doggett - September 2, 2021

Harry Pace’s recording company publicized important artists but faced impossible hurdles.