John Vilanova

Doctoral Candidate

John Vilanova is a third-year Ph.D. candidate at the Annenberg School for Communication. His broad research and writing agenda focuses on race and racism within the global recorded music industry and the production, reception, and consumption of African American and Afro-diasporic music. He is developing dissertation research on a racial genealogy of the GRAMMY Awards, using flash points throughout the show's history to tell a story about the music industry's framing of and response to blackness in the industry. His secondary research examines the contemporary Jamaican music industry, cultural industries development, and the coloniality of media systems and industrial organizations, with ongoing fieldwork on creative industries workers in Kingston, Jamaica. 

Vilanova holds a master’s degree in American Studies from the University of Kansas and an undergraduate degree in English from the University of Pennsylvania. He is also an accomplished journalist who has contributed in various written and research capacities to a multitude of publications including Rolling Stone, the Los Angeles Times, Entertainment Weekly, The Wall Street Journal, Vogue, and Paste. He is a producer at Annenberg’s 3620 Podcast and the managing editor of MusiQology, the blog of esteemed music scholar Dr. Guthrie P. Ramsey, Jr.

John Vilanova is a doctoral candidate at the Annenberg School for Communication.


Vilanova's Network

  • Culture and Communication
  • Global and Comparative Communication
  • Media Institutions and Systems
  • Center for Advanced Research in Global Communication
  • Scholars Program in Culture and Communication
  • Working Group on Media Industries and Public Policy