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Dr Ross Cole

Dr Ross Cole

Research Fellow, Homerton College

Director of Studies (Lent/Easter 2019), Homerton College


My interests extend from the fin de siècle to the 21st century, with a focus on experimental music, mass culture, and the political landscape of modernity. I have published on Steve Reich, cultural Marxism, blues and racialization, folk revivalism, Nick Cave, Stravinsky, and the historiography of popular music. Forthcoming projects include a co-edited volume entitled Remixing Music Studies, for which I’m contributing a chapter on ecological musicology.

I studied at the University of Cambridge (PhD 2015, King’s College), the University of York (MRes 2010), and the University of Oxford (BA 2009, Christ Church), where I graduated with the Gibbs Prize. I also hold an LRSM in saxophone performance.

Before taking up a four-year Research Fellowship at Homerton College in 2017 I was a Temporary Lecturer in 20th/21st-century music at Cambridge and received the Faculty of Music’s Teaching Prize.

Colleges, Departments and Institutes

Homerton College:
King's College:

Research Interests

minimalism, blues, folk revivalism, African American music, 1960s culture, fin-de-siècle Britain, experimentalism, modernism, modernity, and the poetics of song

Key Publications


  • 'For an Ecological History of Twentieth-Century Music.' In Remixing Music Studies: Essays in Honour of Nicholas Cook, ed. Ananay Aguilar, Eric Clarke, Ross Cole, and Matthew Pritchard (London: Routledge 2020), forthcoming.
  • 'Traversing the Great Divide? Stravinsky, Modernism, and Mass Culture.' In Stravinsky in Context, ed. Graham Griffiths (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 2020), forthcoming.


  • 'On the Politics of Folksong Theory in Edwardian England.' Ethnomusicology 63/1 (2019), forthcoming.