Kenneth McLeod

Kenneth McLeod
Associate Professor
Music & Culture


Ken McLeod taught at M.I.T.'s School of Music and Theatre Arts and Belmont University (Nashville, TN) before his appointment to the University of Toronto in 2007. He has published on identity politics in popular music, popular music appropriations of art music, and the intersections between science fiction and rock music. His research has also addressed gendered and racial narratives of national identity in 18th-century English theatre music, including representations of Amazons in the music of Handel and Purcell.

Recent publications include articles in Popular Music, Seventeenth Century Music, American Music, Popular Culture, College Music Symposium, Restoration, and Popular Music and Society as well as entries in The New Grove Dictionary of American Music. He has delivered papers at numerous national and international conferences. His book We Are The Champions: The Politics of Popular Music and Sports (Ashgate, 2011) examines the role of sports and popular music in constructing racial, gender, ethnic, socio-economic and national identities. He is also researching issues surrounding technology and identity politics in Japanese popular music.

Ken McLeod has received grants and fellowships from the Handel Society, the Japan Foundation and his research is currently supported by a standard research grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRCC). His favorite colour is blue.

Research Interests: 

Music history; Popular music; Cultural theory; Gender; Identity politics; Sports; Opera


M.A. (McMaster), Ph.D. (McGill)