Dr Sarah Hill

Dr Sarah Hill

Senior Lecturer

+44 (0)29 2087 0603
1.14, 37 Corbett Road

I earned a BA in Music at the University of California, Santa Cruz, an MA in Musicology at the University of Chicago, an MA in Music, Culture and Politics at Cardiff University, and the PhD from Cardiff University. 

I have published work on Welsh-language popular music and cultural identity, female vocality, political pop, and progressive rock, and have recently finished a monograph on popular music in San Francisco (1965-69). 

I am Co-ordinating Editor of the journal Popular Music and a member of the Editorial Board of the journal Twentieth-Century Music.

Previous academic positions

  • Lecturer in Music, University of Southampton

I teach undergraduate modules in Popular Music Studies and am the Programme Director for the MA in Music, Culture and Politics. 

I supervise PhD projects in topics including popular music in Thatcherite Britain, the music scene in Portland, Oregon, the archaeology of rave culture in Nottingham, Elvis and the idea of 'myth' in popular music, and popular music and ritual. 

I would welcome the opportunity to work with PhD students on topics including politics and popular music, 'scenes', minority cultures, progressive rock, counterculture, and minimalism.

I recently finished a large-scale, AHRC-funded research project on popular music in San Francisco in the 1960s. 

Current and future projects include work on the intersection between psychedelia and progressive rock, text-setting in the work of John Adams, and the recordings of Martin Carthy.