MATT MALSKY has been at Clark University full time since 1994. As associate provost and dean of the college, he is responsible for providing academic leadership and vision for the undergraduate college and for administration for undergraduate programs and related activities. He has previously served as the George N. & Selma U. Jeppson Professor of Music, chair of the Department of Visual & Performing Arts and the director of the interdisciplinary Culture Studies and Communication program.
Matt is a composer whose music has been performed and acclaimed internationally. His compositional style is characterized by its rhythmic vitality and dramatically crafted gestures, and has been described as economical, eloquent, intellectually rigorous, and emotional compelling. His virtuosic works for acoustic instruments with live computer processing have attracted the interest of outstanding soloists including John Bruce Yeh (Chicago Symphony Orchestra), Esther Lamneck (NYU), Frank Cox (c-squared), Seth Josel and Isabel Ettenauer. The Penderecki String Quartet commissioned his second string quartet, Lacan. His third quartet, Berlin, Symphony of a Great City is an accompaniment to that classic silent film. Together with his first string quartet, these have been released on compact disc through the Centaur label. His recent chamber music, an aural map of emotions, is available on Ravello Records as GEOGRAPHIES & GEOMETRIES with the Radius Ensemble and the Worcester Chamber Music Society. His music for silent film may be heard at here.
Matt studied composition with Conrad Pope and Harold Shapero as an undergraduate at Brandeis University. He holds the Ph.D. in music composition from The University of Chicago where he studied with Ralph Shapey, Shulamit Ran and Howard Sandroff. His work has been recognized with awards and grants from ASCAP, Brandeis University, Kurt Weill Gesellschaft, the Hillery Family Charitable Trust, NSF/Chicago Materials Research Center, Hultgren Solo Cello Works Biennial, American Composer’s Forum, and others.
As a scholar, his research examines from a psychoanalytic perspective the intersections of music, technology and culture in the post-World War II period. His articles are published in the areas of ethnomusicology, cultural and film studies by the Illinois and Wesleyan University Presses, Palgrave Macmillan, Bloomsbury Publishing, and journals Search, Reconstructions and World Picture Journal.
MICHELLE BATA is associate dean and director of the LEEP Center. She oversees the offices of the LEEP Center — including Career Services, Community Engagement, Study Abroad, and the Writing Center. She has responsibility for LEEP Center Advising and LEEP Projects.
Prior to joining the Clark community, Michelle was assistant dean and director of undergraduate research at Fordham University. She also served as a member of the sociology faculty, for which her research and teaching interests focused on global inequalities and gender and families.
Michelle received both her M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Arizona. She received her AB in sociology and Hispanic studies from Boston College.