Joanna Demers

Associate Professor

Division: Scholarly and Professional Studies
Program: Musicology
Chair, Musicology

Expertise: Popular and Experimental Music Since 1945
Phone: (213) 740-3213
Office: MUS 310


Joanna Demers is associate professor and chair of Musicology.  She received a PhD in musicology (Princeton, 2002) and a DMA in contemporary flute performance (UC San Diego, 2002).  Her research and teaching interests include popular and experimental music since 1945, philosophy and aesthetics, and electronica.

She has published two books: Listening Through the Noise: the Aesthetics of Experimental Electronic Music (Oxford, 2010), and Steal This Music: How Intellectual Property Law Affects Musical Creativity (Georgia, 2006).  Two other books are forthcoming: Drone and Apocalypse, as well as Musical Fictions: Conditions for the Possibility of Musical Thought.  Her articles have appeared in Organised SoundJournal of Popular Music StudiesCurrent Musicology, and Popular Music.  Her essays have been published in The Oxford Handbook of Sound and Image in Digital MediaTomorrow Is the Question: New Directions in Experimental Music Studies, and Modernism and Copyright, as well as in Oxford’sEncyclopedia of Aesthetics.  She has received grants and support from the American Association for University Women, the DAAD, and the Joseph Kerman Fund of the American Musicological Society.

More information on Joanna’s writings can be found at

Academic degrees

  • PhD, Princeton, 2002; DMA, UC San Diego, 2002