Ross Fenimore


Ph.D., M.A. University of California, Los Angeles
B.A. Davidson College


I completed my Ph.D in musicology and specialize in the cultural criticism of music with an emphasis on popular music and interdisciplinary methods of research and teaching. More broadly, my courses examine how Western art music and popular music interpret modes of identity such as race, nationality, gender, and sexuality.

I'm the author of the chapter "Voices That Lie Within: The Heard and Unheard in Psycho" in Music in the Horror Film: Listening to Fear (Routledge) and co-author, with Susan McClary, of the Madonna entry in the Grove Dictionary of American Music (Oxford, 2013). I'm currently revising my dissertation, "Madonna's Confession: Sound, Self, and Survival in a Love Song," into a book that examines subjectivity, sexuality, and narrative in the songs of Madonna. I've presented my work with the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (both in Canada and the U.S.) and will read at the annual meeting of the American Musicological Society this fall. I was awarded an Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in Humanistic Studies from the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.

Formerly a Vail music scholar at Davidson, I continue to play the viola with cheer, and I'm especially fond of chamber music. Of the many Angeleno traits I adopted, yoga remains my favorite.


WRI 101 Musical Anxieties and Social Change
MUS 122 Music of the United States
MUS 221 Queer Perspectives on Popular Music
MUS 328 Music History II (after 1800)
MUS 401 Senior Seminar, "Musical Cultures of the 1980s"