PhD Music (2015), University of Liverpool, UK
MA Music & Cultural History (2009), University College Cork, Ireland
Previously held academic posts at Listaháskóli Islands | Iceland University of the Arts, the Institute of Popular Music, University of Liverpool (UK), Dublin City University, and University College Cork (Ireland).
My work is 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 Academic 2019) 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.
My research on popular music, sound, and place has been published in the Journal of World Popular Music, the Mapping Popular Music in Dublin Executive Report and the research-informed Dublin Music Map. My most recent book, Made in Ireland: Studies in Popular Music (Routledge (Global Popular Music Series), 2020) is the first comprehensive introduction to the history, sociology, and musicology of contemporary Irish popular music, co-edited with John O'Flynn (Dublin City University) and Lonán Ó Briain (University of Nottingham).
Teaching & Supervision
I am course convenor for MUS2531, MUS4531 Music and Media (Vår 2017 og 2018), and MUS4501 Aktuell musikkvitenskap "Popular Music & Dust: Archives, Memory, Heritage, Historiography" -- a new collaborative course taught in partnership with the popular music archive in Nasjonabiblioteket (the National Library of Norway) (Høst 2017). I lecture on the following courses: MUS2605 - Populærmusikkstudier (Popular Music Studies), MUS2445 - Musikkens historie (Music history) and MUS4661: Nordic Music Histories, Genres, and Identities.
Current and recently completed Master supervision projects include ethnomusicology, popular music and media, and folk music heritage. I have supervised Master and Bachelor students working on topics including: audiovisual media, app albums, popular music and politics, music and digital cultures. I'm happy to hear from prospective Master and PhD students interested in researching any of these areas.
I was postdoctoral researcher on the AHRC-funded Music and Stories from the Archives project at the Popular Music Archive. Working closely with Prof. 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.
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. My research on popular music, sign-language videos, and online fandom appears in Beyoncé Knowles (Indiana University Press, 2021). I am the author of two reports on the Sing Out with Strings music project, commissioned the Irish Chamber Orchestra.