Popular music studies, affect theory, popular culture, memory studies, media and technology, social activism
Ian is a current PhD student in Cultural Studies. He grew up in Massachusetts and earned his BA in English from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 2013. Shortly afterwards (after living in North Carolina for a time) he moved to Kansas to pursue an MA in English at Kansas State University. After completing his degree in 2015, he spent several years as an instructor in the English department at K-State before deciding to pursue his PhD in Cultural Studies at GMU.
His current research interests include cultural musicology - particularly examining subcultural music scenes in DC - and analyzing the connections between affect theory, memory, and musical aesthetics to theorize the ways in which music can be a major factor in instilling progressive growth and raising cultural, social, and historical awareness.
INTS 304: Social Movements and Community Activism
INTS 101: Narratives of Identity
Kansas State University, English, MA
University of Massachusetts Amherst, English, BA