I teach courses in African American literature, American Popular Music, Law and Literature, Creative Nonfiction, Ethics, and Introduction to Literature. My research focuses mostly on post-Civil Rights era African American literature, popular music and the intersection between law and African American culture.
…American Musicological Society (LGBTQ Study Group, Popular Music Study Group)
Society for American Music
International Association for the Study of Popular Music, U.S. Branch
Society for Ethnomusicology…
American popular music scholar with a focus on intersections of race, gender, and sexuality in hip-hop
Popular Music Studies, Performance Studies, Cuplé, Gender and Sexuality, Contemporary Spanish Literature and Film, Cultural Theory
African American literature and culture, U.S. popular music, feminism/feminist theory, media studies (especially sound and television)
PhD, Musicology, September 2014-Present
University of Western Ontario
Master’s of Arts, Popular Music and Culture
Bachelor of Music (Honors) Major in Music History,
Bachelor of Arts, Major in Popular Music Studies, Minor in English
Doctoral Student at McGill University Lecturer “Popular Music After 1945” Lecturer “Rap Music and Hip-Hop Culture”
…“Jep Sting Radica with Rum and Roti: Trinidadian Social Dynamics in Chutney Music,” Popular Music and Society 37.2 (2014): 152-168. Print….
Caribbean popular music culture, Indo-Caribbean popular culture, Caribbean Carnival culture, Caribbean cultural studies, Indo-Caribbean diaspora, cultural identity, remix culture, remix theory, hybridity
Performance studies, Caribbean studies, Latino/a studies, popular music and dance, digital humanities, community engagement, service-learning, carnival, opera
John Covach is Director of the University of Rochester Institute for Popular Music, Professor of Music in the School of Arts and Sciences, and Professor of Theory at the Eastman School of Music. He has published dozens of articles on topics dealing with popular music, twelve-tone music, and the philosophy and aesthetics of music. He is the principal author of What’s That Sound? An Introduction to Rock Music (W.W. Norton) and has co-edited Understanding Rock (Oxford University Press), American Rock and the Classical Tradition (Routledge) and Traditions, Institutions, and American Popular Music (Routledge), Sounding Out Pop (University of Michigan Press), and the Cambridge Companion to the Rolling Stones (Cambridge).
Ninteenth-century social history.
Working class movements.
Popular music Studies.
…Society for Ethnomusicology, American Musicological Society, Society for American Music, Society for Cinema and Media Studies, Latin American Studies Association, International Association for the Study of Popular Music (US, UK)…
…Co-editing the Oxford Handbook on the Global Music Industry Studies.
Co-editing a journal issue on digital music in the streaming era.
Starting a new project on transnational political affiliations in popular music in the lusophone world.
A commissioned chapter on Spotify “fake artists.”…
…idge Companion to Music and Digital Culture, eds. N. Cook, D. Trippett, and M. Ingalls (co-authored with Nick Seaver). (expected October 2019)
English Translation of Rodrigo Cantos Savelli Gomes and Maria Ignez Cruz Mello, “Gender Relations and Brazilian Popular Music: A Study of Female Bands,” A Latin American Music Reader: A View from the South, edited by Javier León and Helena Simonett, University of Illinois Press (2016).
“Eumir Deodato,” “Astrud Gilberto,” “Bebel Gilberto,” “Samba,”…
Ethno/musicologist specializing in Luso-Brazilian music and the Global Media Industries. I teach courses on popular music, jazz, film music, and world music. Prior to Wellesley College, I worked for University of Cambridge, Ringling College of Art and Design, New College of Florida, and Colby College. Pronouns: they/their/them