Stan Hawkins

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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)
Published May 19, 2006 12:00 AM - Last modified Nov. 10, 2020 8:44 PM