Monique Ingalls is Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Popular Music & Culture and Visiting Fellow at Wolfson College. She completed her undergraduate training in music at John Brown University and her PhD work in ethnomusicology at the University of Pennsylvania.
Monique’s research interests centre upon the intersections of music, religion, and popular culture. She is working on her first monograph, an exploration of how US evangelical Christians use praise & worship music, a mass-mediated congregational song repertory, to negotiate ethnic, religious, and denominational identities. She is also co-editing a book on music in Pentecostal and charismatic worship. Recent and forthcoming publications explore the globalization of Christian popular devotional music; the intersections between spiritual practice and popular music performance; and the use of popular congregational music in pilgrimage, public demonstrations, and “virtual devotion” via YouTube.
Honours include the Society for Ethnomusicology’s Charles Seeger Prize and the Janet Levy Award from the American Musicological Society. She is co-founder and co-chair of the Society for Ethnomusicology’s Sacred/Religious Music Special Interest Group and the co-organizer of the conference “Christian Congregational Music: Local and Global Perspectives” at Ripon College Cuddeson, Oxford.
Monique enjoys teaching interdisciplinary courses in ethnomusicology, popular music studies, and religious studies. A classically-trained pianist who also plays gospel and pop/rock keyboard, Monique has directed contemporary music ensembles in Anglican churches and designed workshops for church musicians on integrating a wider variety of styles into their services.