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Ph.D. Candidate

Alexander Marsden grew up in Lancaster, in the U.K. He holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in music from the University of Cambridge (2010-2014). To date, his primary research has centered around electronic dance music and rap in Britain, focusing on issues of critical reception, the politics of genre definition, and the relationship between concepts of modernism and popular music. Outside of his academic work, Alexander enjoys cycling, walking, and curries.

Conference Papers

‘The Blind Beatmaker: Evolutionary Metaphors of Stylistic Change in the Hardcore Continuum’ (18th IASPM Biennial 2015, Universidade Estadual de Campinas)

  • James W. Pruett Summer Research Fellowship in Music at the Library of Congress, 2016

Teaching Assistant:

  • Music and Politics (MUSC291)