Madera Edwards PhD

Assistant Director of Interdisciplinary Studies

Petrocelli College

Program Affiliations:

Madera Edwards is the Assistant Director of Interdisciplinary Studies. She has a degree in Music History from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She also has a Masters in Philosophy from Drew University in New Jersey and a Masters in African American History from Eastern Michigan University. She completed her work on her Doctoral dissertation in Intellectual History entitled "Somewhere in the Middle" - The Story of Plainfield, New Jersey: Riots and Racial Reconciliation at Drew University, where she received her PhD in 2014. Dr. Edwards has an extended history with FDU and is an active faculty member and advisor for student organizations on the Metropolitan and Florham campuses.

Short Abstract

Review: The Interdisciplinary Science of Consumption. Summer 2016 for IMPACT: The Journal of the Center for Interdisciplinary Teaching and Learning forthcoming

Interviews: Spring, 2008 – Justice – The Kerner +40 Report (an assessment of the nation’s response to the report of the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders)

Current paper presentations:

April 2016 – Atlanta, GA – The Association of Core Texts and Courses: Does Hip Hop Belong in the Core: Is there room for modern music in the Core intellectual tradition? I argue so.

March 2016 – Saginaw Valley State University – Michigan Academy of Arts and Letters: Rethinking the Black Power Movement in the Age of Black Lives Matter

February 2014 – Oakland University (MI) – Michigan Academy of the Arts and Letters: Electric Miles: Looking at Miles Davis’s life and art through an interdisciplinary lens


  • Bachelor in Musical Arts (BMA) University of Michigan—Ann Arbor
  • MA Eastern Michigan University
  • M.Phil Drew University
  • PhD Drew University

Grants and Awards

  • 2008-2009 Imaging America PAGE (Publically Active Graduate Education) Fellowship 2008 EOF Faculty of the Year award Fairleigh Dickinson (FDU)


  • My research agenda includes an investigation of public racial attitudes through a scholarly analysis of 1970s television, concentrating on the work of Norman Lear. And, I am also collecting data for a project that explores the ties between the Black Power Movement and the music of Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis.

Courses Taught

  • INTER1100 Intro to Interdisciplinary Studies (Florham)
  • INTER 1007 Gender and Identity
  • INTER 2008 Literature and Culture
  • INTER 2013 The American Experience
  • INTER 2025 Music and Culture
  • INTER 3003 Intro to Interdisciplinary Studies (Florham)
  • INTER 4000 Intro to Interdisciplinary Studies Capstone Research (Florham)
  • INTER 4001 Capstone
  • Philosophy:2459 – African American Political Thought
  • Humanities:2445 – Democracy in America
  • Humanities:2455 – American Jazz and the Quest for Civil Rights


  • Race and Gender studies, Music (Jazz and Hip Hop), Urban studies, 20th century intellectual and cultural history, 1960s and 1970s