I am a lecturer in the music industry program at the School of Media and Communication, RMIT University. Previously, I was a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Oslo. My PhD in music is from the University of Edinburgh, where I worked under the supervision of Simon Frith. My background is in classical piano performance and composition (BMus) and sociology (BA), from the University of New South Wales.
My current work addresses the mechanisms that promote or hinder equal participation in musical cultures. To date, I have explored this through the sounds, cultures, and technologies of contemporary, electronically-produced dance music. My forthcoming book, Electronic Dance Music and the Struggle for Better Worlds (Bloomsbury Academic), addresses social injustices in electronic dance music cultures, especially as they manifest in the experiences and practices of DJs. It delves into intellectual histories of popular music and dance, and draws on 8 years of participant observation and interviews with DJs and dancers around the world.
My next project explores social justice through the concepts of equality, diversity, and accessibility in musical communities.
I am a co-founding committee member of GeMus: Gender and Music Network.
My work as a DJ is integral to my research.