William (Bill) C. Banfield joined the Berklee faculty in 2006 as professor of Africana Studies/Music and Society. He came to Berklee from the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota, where he served as endowed chair in humanities and fine arts, professor of music; director of American cultural studies; and chair of jazz, American popular, and world music studies.
A composer, jazz guitarist, and recording artist, Banfield has written works that have been commissioned by several leading orchestras, performed by a series of jazz luminaries, and recorded by prominent labels. Banfield served as a W.E.B. Dubois Fellow at Harvard in 2002 and was invited by Toni Morrison to serve as a visiting Princeton Atelier artist in 2003. He is the author of Landscapes In Color: Conversations with Black American Composers (2002) and Black Notes: Essays of a Musician Writing in a Post-Album Age (2004). Banfield received his undergraduate degree from The New England Conservatory of Music, a master's in theology from Boston University, and his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, in composition.