I joined the Dan School of Drama and Music (previously the School of Music) faculty as a Queen’s National Scholar in 2002 after earning a Bachelor degree from Dalhousie University, Halifax (music education) and an M.A. and Ph.D. from York University (ethnomusicology/ musicology).
My research lies at the intersections of popular music, visual culture and critical theory. My book, Coming to You Wherever You Are: MuchMusic, MTV and Youth Identities was published in 2008. More recently I co-edited (with Susan Fast, McMaster University) a volume of essays entitled Music, Violence and Politics (Wesleyan University Press, 2012). This work examines the role of music in both advancing and opposing a range of 20th and 21st-century political conflicts.
Elsewhere I’ve published book chapters on MuchMusic, MTV and nation-bound imagined communities in Medium Cool: Music Videos from Soundies to Cell Phones (Duke University Press, 2007), on music, mourning and American nationhood in Music in the Post-9/11 World (Routledge, 2007, with Susan Fast), and a chapter on the politics of Canadian benefit concerts in Music and Television: Channels of Listening (Routledge, 2011). I’ve also written for The Journal of Popular Music Studies, Women and Music: A Journal of Gender and Culture, Canadian University Music Review, and the Canadian Journal for Traditional Music.
In 2011 I launched a research program funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada in which I explore the relationship between music, war and Canadian identity. An article stemming from this work, “Music, Memory, and Ideology at the Canadian War Museum,” was published in Echo: A Music-Centered Journal, in the spring of 2012.
In addition to my research activities, I’ve served on the board for GEMS (Gender, Education, Music, Society), a theoretical online journal designed to explore gender-specific issues within educational curricula and practice.
I am cross-appointed to The Department of Film and Media, The Department of Gender Studies, The Cultural Studies Program, and The Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research.