PhD Music (2015), University of Liverpool, UK
MA Music & Cultural History (2009); BMus (2007); BA Honours Music & History of Art (2006), University College Cork, Ireland
I previously held academic posts at Listaháskóli Islands | Iceland Academy of the Arts (Iceland), the Institute of Popular Music, University of Liverpool (UK), St Patrick's College, Dublin City University, and University College Cork (Ireland).
My work is primarily concerned with how music is used, experienced and mediated in everyday life, particularly by those on the margins of society. My current project Prisons of Note, aims to map the use, experience, and circumstance surrounding popular music in places of detention. Starting in Norway, this project uses mixed methodologies to gain insight into the complexities of establishing -- and maintaining -- music initiatives in contemporary state institutions.
My first monograph Dangerous Mediations: YouTube, Pop Music, and Power in a Philippine Prison Video (New York: Bloomsbury, forthcoming) uses a multidisciplinary approach to examine the overlooked, every-day use of music in a prison. Using a localised case study, this book and related peer-reviewed articles in Postcolonial Text and Torture, ask broader questions about the use of music as a form of discipline in the digital era and challenges notions of music as an inherently positive force.
I was recently postdoctoral researcher on the AHRC-funded Music and Stories from the Archives project at the Popular Music Archive. Working closely with Sara Cohen (PI) University of Liverpool, this research and public-engagement project examined popular music materiality, and culminated in a curated public exhibition of music memorabilia at the Open Eye Gallery. I directed and produced a short documentary film Music, Photographs and Stories from the Archives that captured musical memories inspired by the archives.
Additional research is focused on music ecologies, cultures, and place. As postdoctoral research follow with PI John O'Flynn, I carried out a twelve-month ethnography of Dublin's popular music experience, incorporating perspectives of fans (citizens and tourists), musicians, and music industry personnel. The results are published in the Mapping Popular Music in Dublin Executive Report and the research-informed Dublin Music Map. Building research partnerships between St Patrick's College, the Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO), Fáilte Ireland and Dublin City Arts Office among others, this project was shortlisted for the DCU President's Award for Engagement.
I have life-long interests in community music, music as social integration, and inclusive music education, with a focus on music among Deaf and hard-of-hearing communities. I am the author of two reports on the Sing Out with Strings music project, commissioned the Irish Chamber Orchestra.
Teaching & Supervision
I convene the Master course MUS4531 Music and Media, and co-convene the course "Popular Music and Dust: Archives, Memory, Heritage, Historiography" (with Kyle Devine and the National Library of Norway). I lecture on the following courses: MUS2605 - Populærmusikkstudier (Popular Music Studies) and MUS2445 - Musikkens historie (Music history).
I have supervised Master students working on topics including: audiovisual media; app albums; popular music and politics; music and digital cultures; music, sign-language, and Deaf culture. I'm happy to hear from prospective Master and PhD students interested in researching any of these areas.
Academic Service, Awards, & Impact
I am Co-Convenor of Nordic Sounds: Critical Music Research Network, Department of Musicology, University of Oslo
I serve on the Editorial Board for Arts, an international scholarly open access journal, Switzerland
I was AHRC (Arts & Humanities Research Council) Cultural Engagement Fellow and the recipient of a Knowledge Exchange & Impact Bursary, Business Gateway, University of Liverpool, 2016
I serve on the national committee for the Society for Music Education in Ireland since 2014
I was an Executive Board Member of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM) UK & Ireland, serving as Membership Secretary, Honorary Treasurer, and Ireland Representative, from 2011-16
I am Peer-Reviewer for Asian Studies (University of the Philippines), Ethnomusicology Ireland (International Council for Traditional Music), Kritika Kultura (Ateneo de Manila University), Networking Knowledge (Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association), MUSICultures (Canadian Society for Traditional Music / La Société canadienne pour les traditions musicales), Open Library of Humanities (UK), Popular Music (Cambridge University Press).
As Co-Chair of the Local Committee for the International Association for the Study of Popular Music UK & Ireland Biennial Conference, held at University College Cork, 2014 I received the Cork Conference Ambassador Award -- a civil recognition awarded by the Lord Mayor & Cork Convention Bureau.
I was the first recipient of the Institute of Popular Music 21st Anniversary PhD Scholarship at the University of Liverpool, 2010
My research has been featured in articles and interviews with BBC Radio Merseyside, The Dublin Inquirer, The Irish Times (in "On the Record" and "How Music Works" features), RTÉ Radio 2, Dublin's 98FM Radio, and Liverpool Community Radio.