Joanna Demers

Joanna Demers

Joanna Demers

Professor of Musicology | USC Thorton School of Music

Joanna Demers is Professor of Musicology at USC Thornton. She received a PhD in musicology (Princeton, 2002) and a DMA in contemporary flute performance (UC San Diego, 2002). Her teaching interests include popular and experimental music since 1945, philosophy, aesthetics, and electronic music. Joanna writes both scholarly and creative works that explore philosophical issues in recent music. She has published two scholarly books: Listening Through the Noise: The Aesthetics of Experimental Electronic Music (Oxford University Press, 2010), and Steal This Music: How Intellectual Property Law Affects Musical Creativity (University of Georgia Press, 2006). She has also written two novels: Drone and Apocalypse: An Exhibit Catalog for the End of the World (Zero Books, 2015), and Anatomy of Thought-Fiction: CHS Report, 2214 (Zero Books, 2017), and is currently at work on a novel describing the disappearance of the humanities from North American universities.