Joanna Demers

Associate Professor

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

Expertise: Popular and Experimental Music Since 1945
Phone: (213) 740-3213
Email: jtdemers@usc.edu
Office: MUS 310
Website: www.joannademers.com

Biography

Joanna Demers, associate professor of musicology. PhD in musicology (Princeton, 2002); DMA in contemporary flute performance (UC San Diego, 2002). Research interests include aesthetics and the philosophy of art, post-1945 popular and concert music, and sound art. Monographs: Steal This Music: How Intellectual Property Law Affects Musical Creativity (University of Georgia Press, 2002); Listening Through the Noise: the Aesthetics of Experimental Electronic Music (Oxford University Press, October 2010). Peer-reviewed articles published in Organised Sound, Popular Music, Journal of Popular Music Studies, and the Social Science Research Network. Essays in Modernism and Copyright, and Journal of Music. Grants and awards: Alvin Johnson AMS 50 Fellowship (2001); Book of the Year award from the Popular Culture Association (2006); a postdoctoral fellowship from the American Association of University Women (2007-8). Graduate seminar topics: aesthetic theory; British popular music since 1970; semiotics; music and technology; intellectual property and music. Undergraduate class topics: hip-hop; music video; popular music history. Co-founder and Co-Editor-in-Chief of Evental Aesthetics, a journal dedicated to philosophical and critical approaches to art.


Academic degrees

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