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Theo Cateforis

Theo Cateforis

Director of Undergraduate Studies in Fine Arts; Associate Professor, Music History and Cultures
Art & Music Histories

308 J Bowne Hall

Research and Teaching Interests

Theo Cateforis’s research is in the areas of popular music, American music and film music, with a specific focus on the history of rock music. He has published and presented widely on various rock genres and movements, such as new wave, post-punk, math rock and riot grrrl. He has also explored issues of youth and gender in teen movies and emerging adulthood in indie rock music of the 2000s. His most current research is on 1990s’ alternative rock.


Ph.D. Music History, State University of New York at Stony Brook, 2000


Undergraduate Courses
  • American Popular Music
  • European and American Music Since 1800
  • The History of Jazz
  • Indie Music
  • Junior Seminar: Musicology in Action
  • Music and Gender
  • Music and Media
  • Music and Sports
  • Music of the 1960s
  • Music Videos: From MTV to YouTube
  • Rock Music

Graduate Courses
  • Music, Space and Place
  • Popular Music Studies

Selected Articles/Book Chapters

  • “Between Artifice and Authenticity: Music and Media in Wag the Dog.” In The Oxford Handbook of Sound and Image in Digital Media, eds. Carol Vernallis, John Richardson, Amy Herzog, 369-78. New York: Oxford University Press, 2013.
  • “Sources and Storytelling: Teaching the History of Rock Through its Primary Documents.” Journal of Popular Music Studies 21, no. 1 (2009): 20-58.
  • “Rebel Girls and Singing Boys: Performing Music and Gender in the Teen Movie.” Current Musicology 87 (Spring 2009): 161-90.