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 state institutions.
My first monograph Dangerous Mediations: YouTube, Pop Music, and Power in a Philippine Prison Video (New York: Bloomsbury Academic, forthcoming) 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 peer-reviewed articles in Postcolonial Text and Torture, 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 currently Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Musicology, University of Oslo, where I lead a Master course on Music and Media. I previously held academic positions and research fellowships at the Iceland Academy of the Arts, Reykjavík, the University of Liverpool, St Patrick's College, Dublin City University, University College Cork, and the Institute of Philippine Culture, Ateneo de Manila University. I write and record as a violinist and vocalist, and these days you'll also find me leading Oslo's Mná na hÉireann community choir.
Editorial Board Member | Arts Journal, Switzerland
Co-Convener | 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
Web Manager | The Council of Heads of Music in Higher Education, Ireland