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Faculty of Music



I have a wide range of interests that extend from the late 19th century up to the present day, with a particular focus on popular and experimental traditions. Informed by ecological thinking, I use music to understand defining aspects of our contemporary world – from the poetics of nostalgia and racial belonging to fascist ideology, democracy, digital culture, and self-expression. My first book The Folk: Music, Modernity, and the Political Imagination is forthcoming in 2021 with University of California Press.

I completed my PhD at King's College Cambridge in 2015, funded by the AHRC. Before this, I studied at York (MRes) and Oxford (BA), where I received the Gibbs Prize. Prior to taking up a Junior Research Fellowship in 2017, I spent a year lecturing at Cambridge and received the Faculty of Music’s Teaching Prize. In 2021 I will be a Fellow at Durham University’s Institute of Advanced Study.


Key publications: 


  • The Folk: Music, Modernity, and the Political Imagination (Oakland: University of California Press, 2021), forthcoming.

Journal Articles

  • 'Disciplined Melancholy: An Essay on the Songs of Leonard Cohen.' Songwriting Studies Journal (forthcoming 2021).

Book Chapters

Public Reports

  • ‘Living Archives and Creative Engagement Online: An EIRA-funded Report on Digital Interactivity in the Performing Arts’ (2021), with Professor George McKay.
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