Research Areas:  Popular music and media culture; digital technologies

James Gabrillo is a popular music researcher of global culture industries and digital technologies. He was previously a lecturer at The New School and a postdoctoral fellow at Princeton University. He earned his PhD at the University of Cambridge.

His research has been published in the Journal of Popular Music Studies, Musical Quarterly, and Rock Music Studies. His current book project, Sounds of Where We Are, examines Manila’s musical cultures during the 1990s and onwards.

Prior to pursuing graduate studies, he worked as a journalist and editor for various publications, including The National, Al Jazeera English, and The Japan Times.

Courses: MUS 342 Pop Music Criticism & JournalismMUS 303P Global Popular Music

Recent Publications:

  • “Rak en Rol: The Influence of Psychedelic Culture in Philippine Music,” Rock Music Studies, special issue on Global Psychedelia and Counterculture, edited by Kevin Moist, 5/3 (Sep 2018), 257-274.
  • “The Sound and Spectacle of Philippine Presidential Elections, 1953-1998,” Musical Quarterly, 100/3-4 (Jul 2018), 297-339.
  • “The Rapper Is Present: Sound Art, Liveness, and the Negotiation of Identity in Jay Z’s ‘Picasso Baby’,” Journal of Popular Music Studies, 29/1 (Mar 2017).