Stan Hawkins

Professor emeritus
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Short biography

Stan Hawkins is a musicologist researching within the field of popular music studies. He has a background in musicology, contemporary music composition, and analysis, with a main focus on interdisciplinary research. He started the first popular music and recording courses at Salford University, Machester in 1990, where he was Director of the Popular Music Research Unit from 1992-1995. He took up his current post at Oslo University in 1995, where he started up courses in popular music. Stan has long experience as a teacher, researcher, and editor and is series editor for Rouledge's Folk and Popular Music Series (Ashgate). In addition to leading various national and international projects, he has been guest researcher at City University London and Humboldt-Universität, Berlin. He is a leading scholar in gender and audiovisual research, with four international monographs six edited collections, and numerous chapter contributions and articles to his name. He was leader of a Norwegian Research Council state funded project (2010-2014) Popular Music and Gender in a Transcultural Context and has been an evaluator for the ERC (European Research Council) 2018 Starting, Consolidator, Advanced and Synergy Grant Calls. In 2017 he was nominated as member of The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters (Det Norske Videnskaps Akademi)

Education, Employment, and Residencies

  • Bachelor of Music (4 years), University of Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa
  • Postgraduate/MA (2 years), State Academy of Music, Frankfurt, Germany
  • Doctor of Philosophy (3 years), University of York, England
  • Senior Lecturer, University of Salford, Manchester (1989-95)
  • Director of Popular Music Research Unit, University of Salford (1992-95)
  • Professor of Popular Music, University of Oslo (since 1995)
  • Guest residency (2002), City University, London
  • Guest residency (2012), Humboldt University, Germany
  • Adjunct professor, University of Agder, Norway (since 2006)

Teaching and Tutoring

  • Popular Musicology
  • Music Analysis and Recording Aesthetics
  • Cultural Studies and Music Sociology
  • LGBTQ Studies
  • Music Analysis
  • Audiovisual Interpretation
  • Film and TV


  • Music analysis
  • Gender and popular music
  • New audiovisual aesthetics

Recent Research and Project-based Activities

Editor (with Lori Burns), The Bloomsbury Handbook of Popular Music Video Analysis. Published: 2019.

Guest editor (with Anne Danielsen) for 'Prince', Popular Music & Society. Publication year: 2020.

Co-author (with Nina Nielsen), "Gaahl—Monster or Postmodern Prometheus? Masculinity, Class, and Norwegian Black Metal" in The Bloomsbury Handbook of Popular Music and Social Class, ed. I. Peddie (Bloomsbury, 2019)

Co-author (with Tore Størvold), "‘Man of the Woods’: Lumbersexuality, Nature, and Larking Around" in The Bloomsbury Handbook of Popular Music Video Analysis, eds. L.A. Burns and S. Hawkins (Bloomsbury, 2019)

Guest editor for 'David Bowie in Retrospect', Contemporary Music Review. Publication year: 2018.

Contributor to The Pop Palimpsest: Intertextuality in Recorded Popular Music, eds. Lori Burns and Serge Lacasse, University of Michigan Press. Publication year: 2018.

Co-author (with Mikkel Ålvik) for The Routledge Companion to Popular Music Analysis: Expanding Approaches, eds. Scotto, Smith & Brackett. Publication year: 2019.

Co-author (with Kai Arne Hansen): ‘Azealia Banks: ‘Chasing Time’, erotics, and body politics’, Popular Music 37(2), 2018, pp. 157-174

Commissioned chapter for 'Rock Music and Queer Identities' - chapter commission for Global Encyclopedia of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer History. Publication year: 2018.

'Rock Personas' (Chapter 10) - chapter commission for The Bloomsbury Handbook of Rock Music Research, eds. Paul Carr and Allan F. Moore. Publication year: 2019.

Tags: Co-author (with Nina Nielsen), "Gaahl—Monster or Postmodern Prometheus? Masculinity, Class, and Norwegian Black Metal" in Popular Music and Social Class, ed. I. Peddie (Bloomsbury, 2019)


  • Bresler, Zachary & Hawkins, Stan (2022). ‘A Swarm of Sound’: Audiovisual Immersion in Björk’s VR Video ‘Family’. Music, Sound, and the Moving Image. ISSN 1753-0768. 16(1), p. 29–52. doi: 10.3828/msmi.2022.2.
  • Hawkins, Stan & Nielsen, Nina (2020). Gaahl—Monster or Postmodern Prometheus? Masculinity, Class, and Norwegian Black Metal. In Peddie, Ian (Eds.), The Bloomsbury Handbook of Popular Music and Social Class. Bloomsbury Academic. ISSN 978-1-5013-4536-4. p. 185–204. doi: 10.5040/
  • Hawkins, Stan (2020). Personas in Rock: "We Will, We Will Rock You". In Moore, Allan & Carr, Paul (Ed.), The Bloomsbury Handbook of Rock Music Research. Bloomsbury Academic. ISSN 978-1-5013-3045-2. p. 239–254.
  • Danielsen, Anne & Hawkins, Stan (2020). The Quest of Princian Research. Popular music and society. ISSN 0300-7766. 43(3), p. 231–236. doi: 10.1080/03007766.2020.1757811.
  • Danielsen, Anne & Hawkins, Edgar Stanley (2020). “The Right Amount of Odd”: Vocal Compulsion, Structure, and Groove in Two Love Songs from Around the World in a Day. Popular music and society. ISSN 0300-7766. 43(3). doi: 10.1080/03007766.2020.1757814. Full text in Research Archive
  • Hawkins, Stan & Størvold, Tore (2019). Justin Timberlake's "Man of the Woods": Lumbersexuality, Nature, and Larking Around. In Hawkins, Stan & Burns, Lori A. (Ed.), The Bloomsbury Handbook of Popular Music Video Analysis. Bloomsbury Academic. ISSN 978-1-5013-4233-2. p. 317–336. doi: 10.5040/
  • Hawkins, Stan & Ålvik, Jon Mikkel Broch (2018). A-ha's "Take on Me": Melody, Vocal Compulsion, and Retroscoping. In Scotto, Ciro; Smith, Kenneth M. & Brackett, John (Ed.), The Routledge Companion to Popular Music Analysis: Expanding Approaches. Routledge. ISSN 9781138683112. p. 77–94.
  • Hawkins, Stan (2018). Introduction: David Bowie (1947-2016). Contemporary Music Review. ISSN 0749-4467. 37(3), p. 189–192. doi: 10.1080/07494467.2018.1507349.
  • Hansen, Kai Arne & Hawkins, Stan (2018). Azealia Banks: 'Chasing Time', erotics, and body politics. Popular Music. ISSN 0261-1430. 37(2), p. 157–174. doi: 10.1017/S0261143018000053.
  • Hawkins, Stan (2018). Performative Strategies and Musical Markers in the Eurythmics’ Album Savage. In Burns, Lori & Lacasse, Serge (Ed.), The Pop Palimpsest: Intertextuality in Recxorded Popular Music. University of Michigan Press. ISSN 978-0-472-13067-2. p. 252–272.
  • Hawkins, Stan (2017). Masculinity, Race, and Transculturalism in a Norwegian Context. In Holt, Fabian & Kärje, Antti-Ville (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Popular Music in the Nordic Countries. Oxford University Press. ISSN 9780190603908. p. 295–310. doi: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190603908.013.16.
  • Hawkins, Stan (2017). Introduction chapters: Part1: Masculinities, femininities, community and transcultural practice Part 2: Audiovisuality, sex(uality), women, and the politics of looking Part 3: Vernacular soundworlds, narratives and stardom Part 4: Gender, race, and the female celebrity Part 5: Challenging hegemonic practices: new masculinities, queerness, and transgenderism. In Hawkins, Stan (Eds.), The Routledge Research Companion to Popular Music and Gender. Routledge. ISSN 9781472456830.
  • Hawkins, Stan (2017). Introduction: Sensing gender in popular music, The Routledge Research Companion to Popular Music and Gender. Routledge. ISSN 9781472456830. p. 1–12.
  • Hawkins, Stan (2017). The Sun, the Moon and Stars: Prince Roger Nelson, 1958-2016. Popular music and society. ISSN 0300-7766. 40(1), p. 124–128. doi: 10.1080/03007766.2016.1245482.
  • Hawkins, Stan (2016). 'Remembering Sheila Whiteley'. Popular Music. ISSN 0261-1430. 35(1), p. 118–121. doi: 10.1017/S0261143015000847.
  • Bjorøy, Karl-Magnus & Hawkins, Stan (2014). "When Light turns into darkness:" Inscriptions of music and terror in Oslo 22 July 2011. In Knudsen, Jan Sverre; Skånland, Marie Strand & Trondalen, Gro (Ed.), Musikk etter 22. juli. Norges musikkhøgskole. ISSN 1893-3580. p. 139–162.
  • Hawkins, Stan (2014). 'I'll Bring You Down, Down, Down': Lady Gaga's Performance in 'Judas'. In Iddon, Martin & Marshall, Melanie L. (Ed.), Lady Gaga and Popular Music: Performing Gender, Fashion, and Culture. Routledge. ISSN 978-0-415-82452-1. p. 9–26.
  • Hawkins, Stan (2013). 'Aesthetics and Hyperembodiment in Pop Videos: Rihanna's "Umbrella". In Richardson, John; Gorbman, Claudia & Vernallis, Carol (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook of New Audiovisual Aesthetics. Oxford University Press. ISSN 978-0-19-973386-6. p. 466–482.
  • Hawkins, Stan (2012). You rocked our world, Michael: your moves, your look, your music, everything! Popular music and society. ISSN 0300-7766. 35(2), p. 145–149. doi: 10.1080/03007766.2011.616295.
  • Hawkins, Stan (2012). Great, Scott! In Hawkins, Stan (Eds.), Critical Musicological Reflections: Essays in Honour of Derek B. Scott. Ashgate. ISSN 978-1-4094-2560-1.
  • Hawkins, Stan (2011). Essay Review: Composing Apartheid: Music for and against Apartheid (ed. G. Olwage). Journal of the Musical Arts in Africa. ISSN 1812-1004. 8, p. 117–120.
  • Hawkins, Stan & Richardson, John (2011). 'Remodeling Britney Spears: Matters of Intoxication and Mediation'. In Hawkins, Stan (Eds.), Pop Music and Easy Listening: The Library of Essays on Popular Music. Ashgate. ISSN 9780754629528. p. 57–81. doi: 10.4324/9781315089669-4.
  • Hawkins, Stan (2010). Unsettling Differences: Music and Laddism in Britpop. In Bennett, Andy & Stratton, Jon (Ed.), Britpop and the English Music Tradition. Ashgate. ISSN 978075466805-3. p. 145–162.
  • Hawkins, Stan (2009). 'Chelsea Rodgers' was a model - Vocality in Prince of the Twenty-first Century. In Scott, Derek (Eds.), The Ashgate Research Companion to Popular Musicology. Ashgate. ISSN 978-0754664765.

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  • Hawkins, Stan & Burns, Lori A. (2019). The Bloomsbury Handbook of Popular Music Video Analysis. Bloomsbury Academic. ISBN 978-1-5013-4233-2. 445 p.
  • Hawkins, Stan (2017). The Routledge Research Companion to Popular Music and Gender. Routledge. ISBN 9781472456830. 382 p.
  • Hawkins, Stan (2017). The Routledge Research Companion to Popular Music and Gender. Routledge. ISBN 9781472456830. 382 p.
  • Hawkins, Stan (2016). Queerness in Pop Music: Aesthetics, Gender Norms, and Temporality. Routledge. ISBN 978-1-138-82087-6. 243 p.
  • Hawkins, Stan (2012). Critical Musicological Reflections: Essays in Honour of Derek B. Scott. Ashgate. ISBN 978-1-4094-2560-1. 257 p.
  • Hawkins, Stan & Niblock, Sarah (2011). Prince: The Making of a Pop Music Phenomenon. Ashgate. ISBN 978-0-7546-6876-3. 195 p.
  • Hawkins, Stan (2011). Pop Music and Easy Listening: The Library of Essays on Popular Music. Ashgate. ISBN 9780754629528. 523 p.
  • Hawkins, Stan (2009). The British pop dandy : masculinity, popular music and culture. Ashgate. ISBN 978-0-7546-5858-0. 222 p.

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  • Hawkins, Stan (2021). Popular Music Books in Process Series - "In Concert: Performing Musical Persona" with Phil Auslander and Stan Hawkins.
  • Hawkins, Stan (2020). Approaching queerness in popular music.
  • Hawkins, Stan & Stuen, Eivend Augst Westad (2020). Stan Hawkins: Fra samtidskomponist til popforsker. [Newspaper]. KILDEN.
  • Hawkins, Stan (2020). Keynote address: On a Journey to the End of Playfulness: Queerness and Music.
  • Hawkins, Stan (2020). "Made in Ireland" book launch - keynote address.
  • Hawkins, Stan (2020). Keynote IASPM Conference: Staging the Spectacle: The Dandyist Theatrics of Jacques Dutronc.
  • Hawkins, Stan (2020). Maskulinitet er i endring i norsk black metal. [Newspaper]. KILDEN.
  • Hawkins, Stan (2020). Keynote Paper: Dandified Personas in Pop Music.
  • Hawkins, Stan (2019). Black Poesis III: What Makes a Hiphop Classic? Panel debate.
  • Hawkins, Stan (2019). Introduction: Nordic Study Day.
  • Hawkins, Stan (2019). Rock Personas and Issues of Vocality.
  • Hawkins, Stan (2018). Nordic Utopias and the Project of Daydreaming.
  • Hawkins, Stan (2018). Institutionalizing Cosmopolitanism and White Masculinity: Dandyism in Popular Music.
  • Hawkins, Stan (2018). Countless Ways to Study and Research Into Pop Music. In Kitts, Thomas (Eds.), Celebrity for the Curious: Why Study Celebrity, Music, and Film Studies?. Curious Academic Publishing. ISSN 978-1-925128-59-8.
  • Hawkins, Stan (2017). The Routledge Companion to Popular Music and Gender.
  • Hawkins, Stan (2017). Nordic Popular Music Today.
  • Hawkins, Stan (2017). Dance Music Research Today.
  • Hawkins, Stan (2017). Ny bølge med protest musikk under Trump ((interview by Matunda Bigirimana) [Internet]. NRK Kultur og Underholdning .
  • Hawkins, Stan (2016). Introduction at book launch: Peter Edward's book launch: György Ligeti's Le Grand Macabre: Postmodernism, Musico-Dramatic Form and the Grotesque.
  • Hawkins, Stan (2016). Moderator at Book launch: 'Digital Signatures'.
  • Hawkins, Stan (2016). Moderator: Prince seminar with Susan Rogers, Prince Charles Alexander, Sarah Niblock and Anne Danielsen.
  • Hawkins, Stan (2016). 'Popikonet Anohni vil få folk til å handle'. [Internet].
  • Hawkins, Stan (2016). Jente eller gutt?Kjønn og seksualitet gjorde Prince til en superstjerne. [Newspaper]. Aftenposten (Journalist: Joacim Lund).
  • Hawkins, Stan (2016). Opening Keynote address A Very Queer Construct: The Pet Shop Boys in Retrospect.
  • Hawkins, Stan (2016). Keynote Address: New trends in Hip Hop.
  • Hawkins, Stan (2016). Book Launch: 'Queerness in Pop' (New York: Routledge) with guest response by Dr Freya Jarman (University of Liverpool, UK).
  • Hawkins, Stan (2016). Hip Hop vert skeiva. [Newspaper]. Universitas - Forskerintervju med Runer B. Mæland.
  • Hawkins, Stan (2016). Masculinity and Gender Norms in Popular Music.
  • Hawkins, Stan (2016). Moderator: Book launch of 'Tranformations of Musical Modernism', eds. E.E.Guldbrandsen and Julian Johnson.
  • Hawkins, Stan & Lund, Joacim (2016). Bowie går nye veier – igjen. [Newspaper]. Aftenposten.
  • Hawkins, Stan (2015). Gender Production in Azealia Banks' 'Chasing Time'.
  • Hawkins, Stan (2015). Clues to Efficiency in PhD Supervision (with presentations by Professors Georgina Born and Øivind Varkøy) and organised by PhD leader, Nanette Nielsen.
  • Hawkins, Stan (2015). New methods and theories in Popular Music Research.
  • Hawkins, Stan; Zeiner-Henriksen, Hans T. & Danielsen, Anne (2015). Record Production in the Internet Age. Journal on the Art of Record Production. ISSN 1754-9892.
  • Hawkins, Stan (2014). Moderator at Panel on Popular Music and Transculturalism, with introduction to the field.
  • Hawkins, Stan (2014). Gender Performativity and Agency in Popular Music.
  • Hawkins, Stan (2014). Popular Music & Gender in a Transcultural Context.
  • Hawkins, Stan (2014). Finding results in Research project.
  • Hawkins, Stan (2014). Fakta biter ikke på ekte menn! Intervju med Joacim Lund om kjønn og musikk. [Newspaper]. Aftenposten.
  • Hawkins, Stan (2014). Popmusikk på utstilling. [Journal]. Ballade (intervjuet av Linn Carin Dirdal).
  • Hawkins, Stan (2013). Michael Jackson: grasping the spectacle. Edited by Christopher R. Smit. Farnham and Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2012. 243 pp. ISBN 978-1-4094-4696-5. Popular Music. ISSN 0261-1430. 32(3), p. 521–523. doi: 10.1017/S0261143013000354.
  • Hawkins, Stan (2013). 'Queer Pop's Compulsion': 'Love is a Bourgeois Construct'.
  • Hawkins, Stan (2013). Hyperembodiment and Aesthetics in Pop Videos.
  • Hawkins, Stan (2013). Review: Michael Jackson: Grasping the Spectacle, ed. Christopher Smit. Popular Music. ISSN 0261-1430. 32(03), p. 521–523.
  • Hawkins, Stan (2013). Typisk norsk musikk. [Newspaper]. Morgenbladet.
  • Hawkins, Stan (2013). Norsk popmusikk er ikke typisk norsk. [Internet].
  • Hawkins, Stan (2013). Music in a Transcultural Space: Inscriptions of Representation through Performance.
  • Hawkins, Stan (2012). 'Lady Gaga - født sånn'. [Internet]. NRK ytring.
  • Hawkins, Stan (2012). Keynote address: 'Terror, Masculinity, and Music: Implications for the Nordic Identity'.
  • Hawkins, Stan (2012). Transcultural Intertextuality in a Norwegian Space and Place.
  • Hawkins, Stan (2012). 'An Altered State: Terror, Music and War Games'.
  • Hawkins, Stan (2012). On Critical Musicological Reflections.
  • Hawkins, Stan & Niblock, Sarah (2012). WDR 3 Deutschland Aftershow: Das Prinzip Prince Redaktion: Markus Heuger.
  • Johansson, Mats & Hawkins, Stan (2012). Transcultural intertextuality in a Norwegian space and place.
  • Hawkins, Stan (2011). Music, Masculinity and Terrorism in Norway.
  • Hawkins, Stan (2011). Spoof and Hyperembodiment in Pop Videos.
  • Hawkins, Stan (2011). Localizing the Transcultural.
  • Hawkins, Stan (2011). Gender and Popular Music.
  • Hawkins, Stan (2011). ‘You Have Killed Me’ – Tropes of Hyperbole and Sentimentality in Morrissey’s Musical Expression. In Devereux, Eoin; Dillane, Aileen & Power, Martin (Ed.), Morrissey : fandom, representations and identities. Intellect Ltd.. ISSN 978-1-84150-596-1. p. 307–323.
  • Hawkins, Stan (2010). Intervju om Prince. [Radio]. NRK P2 Musikkredaksjon.
  • Hawkins, Stan (2010). "Prince Vilikke". [Newspaper]. Aftenposten.
  • Hawkins, Stan (2010). Intervju om internasjonal monografi, The British Pop Dandy. [Radio]. West Deutsch Rundfunk (WDR 3).
  • Hawkins, Stan (2010). 'Third Time Very Lucky!' "Take On Me" made the video star.
  • Hawkins, Stan (2009). Morrissey. [Radio]. NRK P2.
  • Hawkins, Stan (2009). Intervju om Stan Hawkins' ny bok. [Radio]. NRK P2 - Musikk Redaksjon (med Linn Bølstad).
  • Hawkins, Stan (2009). Parodisk og politisk pop (journalist: Kristin Engh Førde). [Internet]. Kilden: Informasjonssenter for kjønnsforskning (Kristin Engh.
  • Hawkins, Stan (2009). Reviewing the Reviewers.
  • Bresler, Zack; Hawkins, Stan & Aareskjold-Drecker, Jon Marius (2022). Immersed in Pop! Excursions into Compositional Design. University of Agder. ISSN 978-82-8427-061-6.

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