I am lecturer in the music industry program in the School of Media and Communication at 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 composition and classical piano (BMus) and sociology (BA), from the University of New South Wales.
My work addresses the mechanisms that promote or hinder equal participation in musical cultures. To date I have primarily explored this through the sounds, cultures, and technologies of contemporary, electronically-produced dance music. My postdoctoral project addressed social injustices in electronic dance music cultures, especially as they manifest in the experiences and practices of DJs. My forthcoming book, Electronic Dance Music and the Struggle for Better Worlds (Bloomsbury Academic), addresses this through intellectual histories of popular music and dance, and 8 years of participant observation and interviews with DJs and dancers in countries such as Germany, India, Australia, Japan, Norway, South Africa, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Whether "commercial" or "underground," the book makes the case that club cultures are ordinary cultures that exist in tandem (not at odds) with global free-market capitalism, thereby reproducing social injustices such as gender discrimination and violence.
My continued research explores social justice through the concepts of equality, diversity, and accessibility in musical communities across genres.
I am a co-founding committee member of GeMus: Gender and Music Network.
My work as a DJ is integral to my research.