Prof. Dr. Justin London



Academic Education


Ph.D. in the History and Theory of Music, University of Pennsylvania.  Thesis research focused on rhythm-meter interactions at phrase boundaries in the music of Haydn and Mozart; Leonard B. Meyer, thesis advisor.


M.M. in Music Theory, University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music, studies in music analysis and linguistics; Jonathan Kramer and Arthur Komar, thesis advisors.


B.M. in Classical Guitar performance, summa cum laude, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, primary study with Clare Callahan; master classes with Oscar Ghiglia, Manuel Barrueco, and George Sakellariou

Teaching and Research Positions

2016 – Present:

Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Music, Cognitive Science, and the Humanities, Carleton College, Northfield MN USA


Visiting Professor of Musicology, University of Oslo, Norway


Fulbright Professor, University of Jyväskylä, Finland


Fulbright UK Distinguished Scholar/Lecturer, The University of Cambridge, UK

1990 – 2016

Assistant Professor of Music, Carleton College, Northfield MN USA (Associate 1996; Full Professor 2002)


Selected Publications

Books and Longer Publications

Hearing in Time, Oxford University Press (August 2004; 2nd Edition 2012).

Rhythm. in The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, revised edition, John Tyrrell and Stanley Sadie (2001).

Recent Articles

The Problems of Rhythm Perception. In The Aesthetics of Rhythm: Science, Philosophy, Music, Dance, Poetics, Max Paddison and Andy Hamilton, eds. Oxford: Oxford University Press (2018): in press

R. Polak, N, Jacoby, T. Fischinger, D. Goldbert, A. Holzapfel, & J. London. Rhythmic prototypes across cultures: A comparative study of tapping synchronization. Music Perception 36.1 (2018): 1-23.

D. J. Levitin, J. Grahn, & J. London. The Psychology of Music: Rhythm and Movement. Annual Review of Psychology 69.1 (2018): 13.1-13.25.

B. Burger, J. London, M. Thompson, and P. Toiviainen. Synchronization to Metrical Levels in Music Depends on Low Frequency Spectral Components and Tempo. Psychological Research (2017).

J. J. Neiworth, J. London, M. J. Flynn, D. Rupert, O. Aldritt, & C. Hyde. Artificial Grammar Learning in Tamarins (Saguinus oedipus) In Varying Stimulus Contexts. Journal of Comparative Psychology 131.2 (2017): 128-138.

J. London, R. Polak, & N. Jacoby. Rhythm Histograms and Musical Meter: A Corpus Study of Malian Percussion Music. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review 24.2 (2017): 474-480.

Polak, R., Jacoby, N., & London, J. Kulturelle Diversität in der empirischen Rhythmusforschung: Drei Analysen eines Audio-Korpus von Percussion-Ensemblemusik aus Mali. Zeitschrift der Gesellschaft für Musiktheorie, (2016) 3(2).

R. Polak, J. London, & N. Jacoby. Both Isochronous and Non-Isochronous Metrical Subdivision Afford Precise and Stable Ensemble Entrainment: A Corpus Study of Malian Jembe Drumming. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience: Special Issue on the Evolution of Rhythm: Timing in Music and Speech (2016).

J. London, B. Burger, M. Thompson, & P. Toiviainen. Speed on the Dance Floor: Auditory and Visual Cues for Musical Tempo. Acta Psychologica 164 (2016): 70-80.

R. Polak and J. London. Timing and Meter in Mande Drumming from Mali. Music Theory Online 20.1 (2014).

Building a Representative Corpus of Classical Music, Music Perception 31.1 (2013): 68-90.

Ephemeral Media, Ephemeral Works, and Sonny Boy Williamson’s ‘Little Village.’ The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 71.1 (2013): 45-53.

B. Repp, J. London, & P. Keller. Distortions in Reproduction of Two-Interval Rhythms: When the “Attractor Ratio” Is Not Exactly 1:2. Music Perception 30.2 (2012): 205-223.

Rhythm in Twentieth-Century Theory. In The Cambridge History of Western Music Theory, ed. Thomas Christensen, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (2002): 695-725.


Awards & Grants

Major Grants, Awards and Professional Honors

  • President, Society for Music Perception and Cognition (President-Elect 2016, President 2017-18, Past President 2019)
  • Core Fulbright Scholar Grant, Finnish Centre of Excellence in Interdisciplinary Music Research, University of Jyväskylä, January-May 2014.
  • Visiting Fellow, Wolfson College, Cambridge, 2005-2006 and Fall 2013.
  • Co-Chair, 2012 Interdisciplinary College (IK), focus theme "Emotion and Aesthetics," Gunne at Lake Mohne, Germany, 16-23 March 2012.
  • President, Society for Music Theory, (President-Elect 2006-2007; President 2007-2009; Past-President 2009-2010).
  • Guest Professor, International Orpheus Academy for Music & Theory on Tempo, Meter, Rhythm: Time in Music after 1950, Ghent, Belgium, April 2007.
  • Fulbright UK Distinguished Scholars Lecturing/Research Grant, Centre for Music and Science and Faculty of Music, University of Cambridge, Fall 2005-Spring 2006.
  • Workshop Leader, Mannes Institute for Advanced Studies in Music Theory, institute on Rhythm and Temporality, June 2005.


  • Projects

    Microtiming, Meter, and Ensemble Coordination in West African Percussion Music: collaborative research with Rainer Polak and Nori Jacoby (Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, Frankfurt).