A first year PhD candidate in musicology, Brian Rossiter's primary research interest lies in the relationship between popular music and celebrity culture. Prior to undertaking his studies at the University of Edinburgh, he spent a year at Newcastle University, where his Master's thesis was entitled Lucky Me: Celebrity and Selfhood in Contemporary R&B. His undergraduate degree, in music and philosophy, is from the University of Limerick, Ireland.
Brian currently has conference presentations scheduled at Edinburgh College of Art, Leeds Metropolitan University, the University of Salford, and the University of Central Lancashire. His first publication - an article dealing with constructions of black nationalism in Michael Jackson's "They Don't Care About Us" - will appear in a special Jackson-themed issue of Popular Music and Society in 2011.
This article was published on Sep 16, 2010