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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, the politics of mass culture, and the poetics of song. I've published essays on Steve Reich, British Marxism, blues and racialization, folk revivalism, fascism, Nick Cave, Stravinsky, and the historiography of popular music. I’ve also written shorter comment pieces on populism and alt-right paranoia in higher education. 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 received the Gibbs Prize.

Before taking up a four-year Junior Research Fellowship in January 2017 I spent a year as a Temporary Lecturer at Cambridge and received the Faculty of Music’s Teaching Prize for courses on 1960s countercultures and popular music of the black Atlantic.

Colleges, Departments and Institutes

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Key Publications


  • 'On the Politics of Folk Song Theory in Edwardian England.' Ethnomusicology 63/1 (2019), forthcoming.
  • 'Vernacular Song and the Folkloric Imagination at the Fin de Siècle.' 19th-Century Music 42/2 (2018): 1–23.


Book Chapters

  • '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.