Max Katz received his Ph.D. in Music (Ethnomusicology) from the University of California, Santa Barbara. His current research concerns the North Indian city of Lucknow, focusing on an extended family of hereditary sarod and sitar players with long roots in the city. Katz's broader research interests include Hindustani music, jazz music, Marxist theory, postcolonial theory, and popular culture. His research has been funded by Fulbright-Hays, the American Institute of Indian Studies, and the American Musicological Society, and has been published in the Journal of the Society for Ethnomusicology.
Katz teaches courses cross-listed in Anthropology, American Studies, and Africana Studies, including Music of India, Worlds of Music, History of Jazz, Race and Music, and American Popular Music.