Ms Rachel McCarthy

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Educational background

PhD in Music, Royal Holloway, University of London, 2019.

Thesis title: ‘Mocking the Mainstream: Pop, Parody, and Politics in the Twenty-first Century’.  The thesis analyses the music, videos, lyrics and cultural context of 21st-century parodic pop songs which target the aesthetic conventions of mainstream pop, exploring their potential for socio-economic critique. Supervisor: Professor J. P. E. Harper-Scott.

MMus Musicology (Distinction), University of Southampton, 2014. Dissertation: 'Marking the "Unmarked" Space: Sex, Gender and Subversion in Female Electronic Artists'. Supervisor: Professor Laurie Stras. 

BA (Hons) Music (First Class), New College, University of Oxford, 2012. Dissertation: 'Gender Construction in Turnage's Anna Nicole and Gounod's Faust'. Supervisor: Professor Elizabeth Eva Leach.



Lecturer and seminar leader, 'Global Popular Music', King's College London (2020)

Lecturer and seminar leader in Sound studies, King's College London (2019)

Seminar leader in Jazz studies, King's College London (2019)

Seminar leader, 'Contemporary Debates in Music', Royal Holloway, University of London (2015-17)

Undergraduate dissertation advisor, University of Southampton (2014)


Research interests

21st century popular music, gender, critical theory, history and ethics of musicology, satire and comedy, fringe/underground music


Research interests

Rachel's blog can be found here.

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