I'm a musicologist, educator, and musician. Much of my work is concerned with how music is used, experienced and mediated in everyday life, especially by those on the margins of society. My current research project PRISONS OF NOTE, aims to map the use, experience, and circumstance surrounding popular music in places of detention. Starting in Norway, this project uses mixed methodologies to gain insight into the complexities and effects of music initiatives in contemporary prison institutions.
My first monograph Dangerous Mediations: Pop Music in a Philippine Prison Video (New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2019) uses a multidisciplinary approach to examine the overlooked, every-day use of music in a prison. Using a localised case study, this book and related articles in Postcolonial Text and Torture journal, ask broader questions about the use of music as a form of discipline in the digital era and challenges notions of music as an inherently positive force.
I’m based at the Department of Musicology, University of Oslo, where I teach Master and Bachelor courses on Music and Media, and Popular Music, Archives, Heritage, and Historiography. Before this, I held academic positions and research fellowships at the Iceland Academy of the Arts, Reykjavík, the Institute of Popular Music at the University of Liverpool, Dublin City University, University College Cork, and the Institute of Philippine Culture, Ateneo de Manila University. These days you'll find me leading the Oslo-based Mná na hÉireann choir.
Editorial Board Member | Arts Journal, Switzerland
Co-Founder | Nordic Sounds: Critical Nordic Music Network Norway
Co-Founding Member | GlasDrum | Not-For-Profit Multidisciplinary Arts Organisation, Ireland
Executive Board Member | International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM) UK & Ireland | Membership Secretary & Honorary Treasurer (2011-'16)
National Committee Member | Society for Music Education in Ireland (2013-'18)
Web Manager | The Council of Heads of Music in Higher Education, Ireland