Dr. Ross Hagen is Assistant Professor in Music Studies at Utah Valley University. He teaches/has taught MUSC1010 - Introduction to Music, MUSC1030 - American Popular Music, MUSC3450/3451 - Music History and Literature I & II, Modern Legacies (Honors Program), and online sections of MUSC 1010, MUSC 1030, and MUSc 102G - World Music.
Dr. Hagen received his Ph.D. in Musicology from the University of Colorado - Boulder, in 2010, his Master of Music from the University of Colorado in 2005 and his B.A. in Music from Davidson College in 2001. Before joining the Music faculty at UVU in 2010, he taught at the University of Colorado and at Regis University in Denver.
Dr. Hagen's research interests include music and ritualism, music fan cultures, underground music scenes, and 20th/21st century avant-garde music. Dr. Hagen has presented papers at national meetings of the Popular Culture Association, the International Association for the Study of Popular Music, the North American British Music Studies Association, and the Society for Ethnomusicology. He has also written entries for the New Grove Dictionary of American Music and the Encyclopedia of American Music and Culture. Recent and forthcoming publications include:
“Pagan Crusades?: Palästinalied and Medieval Song in Folk Metal.” In Folk Metal: Critical Essays on Identity, Myth and Culture, edited by Jenny Butler. Forthcoming.
“‘Bandom Ate My Face’: The Collapse of the Fourth Wall in Online Fan Fiction.” Popular Music and Society 38/1 (2015): 44–58.
“Kvlt-er than Thou: Power, Suspicion, and Nostalgia within Black Metal Fandom.” In The Ashgate Research Companion to Fan Cultures, edited by Linda Duits, Koos Zwaan, and Stijn Reijnders, 223–236. London: Ashgate, 2014.
“No Fun: Noise Music, Avant-garde Aggression, and Sonic Punishment.” In Hardcore Punk and Other Junk: Aggressive Music in the Contemporary World, edited by Eric James Abbey and Colin Helb, 91–106. Lanham, MD: Lexington, 2014.
“A Warning to England: Monstrous Births, Teratology, and Feminine Power in Elizabethan Broadside Ballads.” Horror Studies 4/1 (2013): 21–41.
“Ideology and Mythology in Norwegian Black Metal.” In Metal Rules the Globe, edited by Harris Berger, Paul Greene, and Jeremy Wallach, 180-199. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2011.
In addition to his academic work, Dr. Hagen is active as a performer and composer specializing in electro-acoustic music, free improvisation, and extreme metal, with more than a dozen album releases on various American and European record labels. Hagen also composed music and sound for UVU productions of Blood Wedding (2014), Eurydice (2012), and Antigone (2010). He is a pretty good bassist (even though he plays with a pick), a decent guitarist, and a recovering oboist.