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    PhD projects

    Popular Music; Popular Music Studies; Popular Music and Media; Sound and Music in Cinema and Television; Video Game Soundtracks.


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    Personal profile


    James is a Lecturer in Popular Music and Media in the Department of Creative Arts at Edge Hill University. He is the Programme Leader for the BA in Media. He has previously lectured in popular music, media, and performance at the University of Liverpool and the University of Northampton. Funded by the School of the Arts at the University of Liverpool and the National University of Ireland (NUI), where he became a Travelling Scholar in Music in 2016, his doctoral thesis explored the relationship between hip hop music and the narrative film soundscape in New Black Realism, independent Black American cinema of the 1990s. His research and teaching interests sit at the intersections of popular music and audiovisual media generally and he has published on such topics on both sides of the Atlantic. His current research explores the role and possibilities of popular music in video game soundtracks. James is also a performer and band leader and has worked extensively with popular music ensembles and groups in both capacities, particularly in the Republic of Ireland. James is currently an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA).

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

    Education/Academic qualification

    Popular Music and Audiovisual Media, PhD, Keepin' in Reel: Hip Hop, Remediation, and the Performance of the New Black Realist Soundscape, University of Liverpool

    Sept 2014May 2020

    Music and Cultural History, MA, Inglourious Intertextuality: Music and Meaning in the Soundtrack of Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds, University College Cork

    Sept 2011Sept 2012

    Music and History, BA, University College Cork

    Sept 2008Jun 2011

    Research Groups

    • Emergent Media & Entertainment Research Group


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