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Andrew Mall

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Music

Education

  • Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology, University of Chicago, 2012
  • M.A. in Social Sciences, University of Chicago, 2003
  • M.S. in Computer Science, Lehigh University, 2002
  • B.A. in Music, Lehigh University, 2002
  • B.S. in Computer Science, Lehigh University, 2001

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Dr. Mall teaches ethnomusicology, music industry, and popular music courses. He also advises independent studies, undergraduate honors projects, and student researchers. His research and teaching interests include, among other topics, mainstream and underground musics; ethnographic research methods; DIY music scenes, resilience, and public health; histories of music industries; music festivals; nostalgia, collecting, and consumption; and the political economies of Christian musics. Dr. Mall earned his Ph.D. in ethnomusicology at the University of Chicago in 2012. Prior to coming to Northeastern, he taught at the University of Chicago and DePaul University.

Dr. Mall is author of God Rock, Inc.: The Business of Niche Music (University of California Press, 2021) and co-editor of Studying Congregational Music: Key Issues, Methods, and Theoretical Perspectives (Routledge, 2021). His research has been appeared in American Music; the Journal of Popular Music Studies; the Journal of Religion, Media and Digital Culture; the Journal of the Society for American Music; Popular Music; Punk & Post-Punk; Twentieth-Century Music; the Yale Journal of Music and Religion; and several edited volumes.

An active performer of Javanese gamelan since 2006, Dr. Mall currently performs with Gamelan Laras Tentrem (formerly Boston Village Gamelan). In his free time, Dr. Mall enjoys spending time with his family, hiking and bicycling, cooking, visiting craft breweries, and collecting vinyl records.

For more information, follow Dr. Mall’s work at https://www.andrewmallphd.com

Research/Publications Highlights

Books

Studying Congregational Music: Key Issues, Methods, and Theoretical Perspectives. Co-edited with Jeffers Engelhardt and Monique M. Ingalls. Routledge (2021)

God Rock, Inc.: The Business of Niche Music. University of California Press (2021)

Articles

“Vinyl Revival.” Journal of Popular Music Studies (2021)

“ ‘Beer & Hymns’ and Community: Religious Identity and Participatory Sing-alongs.” Yale Journal of Music and Religion (2021)

“Selling Out or Buying In? CCM Magazine and Anxieties over Commercial Priorities in Christian Music, 1980s–1990s.” Journal of Religion, Media and Digital Culture (2020)

“Music Festivals, Ephemeral Places, and Scenes: Interdependence at Cornerstone Festival.” Journal of the Society for American Music (2020)

“Worship Capital: On the Political Economy of Worship Music.” American Music (2018)

Book chapters

“Music Business, Ethics, and Christian Festivals: Progressive Christianity at Wild Goose Festival.” In Ethics and Christian Musicking, edited by Nathan Myrick and Mark Porter, Routledge (2021)

“Political Economy and Capital in Congregational Music Studies: Commodities, Worshipers, and Worship.” In Studying Congregational Music: Key Issues, Methods, and Theoretical Perspectives (2021)

“ ‘Lift Each Other Up’: Punk, Politics, and Secularization at Christian Festivals.” In Christian Punk: Identity and Performance, edited by Ibrahim Abraham, Bloomsbury Academic (2020)

“Tuning in to Locality: Participatory Musicking at a Community Radio Station.” In The Routledge Companion to the Study of Local Musicking, edited by Suzel A. Reily and Katherine Brucher, Routledge (2018)

In the News

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Music

How unusual is Taylor Swift's new album announcement?

"“Very few of them use the public broadcast of an award ceremony as their own press release. … I can’t remember this ever happening at the Grammys (before)," says associate professor of music Andrew Mall.

February 5, 2024

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Music

How TikTok and TV help give music a new life

Social media has shifted how listeners find new music, leading to songs from previous decades like Kate Bush's "Running Up That Hill" and Brenda Lee's "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" headed to the top of the charts. 

December 11, 2023

Music

Preparing students for the world of music festivals

Want to try your hand at a designing a music festival or learn about the history of these events? These Northeastern experiential learning courses help create the next generation of festival organizers.

December 11, 2023