Hagen, Ross
Lecturer - Musicology
Last Updated: 7/1/15 -

Ross Hagen is a Lecturer in Musicology at Utah Valley University. He joined the faculty in 2010 and 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 and MUSC 1030.

Hagen received his Ph.D. in Musicology from the University of Colorado - Boulder, in 2010. He also received 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, Hagen taught at the University of Colorado and at Regis University in Denver.

Hagen's research interests include music and ritualism, music fan cultures, underground music scenes, and 20th/21st century avant-garde music. He is actively publishing articles in peer-reviewed journals and edited collections on a diverse range of topics and is currently working on his first monograph. Hagen has also written entries for the New Grove Dictionary of American Music and the Encyclopedia of American Music and Culture. Hagen has presented papers at national meetings of the Popular Culture Association, the International Association for the Study of Popular Music, and the Society for Ethnomusicology. Hagen is also on the editorial advisory board for the journal Metal Music Studies.

In addition to his academic work, 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, a decent guitarist, and a recovering oboist.

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Selected Publications 

“Wooden Pints: Folk Metal and Nostalgia for a Drunken Pagan Past,” for “Music and Alcohol” special issue of Popular Music, 2016. In progress.

“Heathen Crusades?: Palästinalied and Medieval Song in Folk Metal,” for Folk Metal: Critical Essays on Identity, Myth and Culture, edited by Jenny Butler. Sheffield, UK: Equinox Publishing. In progress. 

“‘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 Ashgate Research Companion to Fan Cultures, edited by Linda Duits, Koos Zwaan, and Stijn Reijnders. 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. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2014.

“A Warning to England: Monstrous Births, Teratology, and Feminine Power in Elizabethan Broadside Ballads.” Horror Studies 4/1 (Spring 2013): 21-43.

“Ideology and Mythology in Norwegian Black Metal.” In Metal Rules the Globe, ed. Harris Berger, Paul Greene, and Jeremy Wallach. Durham. NC: Duke University Press, 2011.


Selected Papers & Presentations


“Perpetual Horrors: Ritualism and Musical Cosmography in Black Metal Music.” Invited lecture at the “Fridays with Faculty” series sponsored by the University of Utah School of Music, Salt Lake City, February 20, 2015.

“‘Pay No Attention to the Man behind the...:’ Ritualism and Depersonalization in Underground Extreme Music.” Paper presented at the Metal and Cultural Impact Conference, Dayton, OH, November 7, 2014.

“The Great Abuse and Vice that Here in England Doth Reign: Succession Anxiety and Monstrous Birth Ballads in Elizabethan England.” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the North American British Music Studies Association, Las Vegas, August 2, 2014.

Hagen, Ross. “No Fun: Noise Music, Avant-Garde Aggression, and Sonic Punishment.” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Popular Culture Association, Boston, MA, April 11-14, 2012.

Hagen, Ross. “Blackened Historiography: The Battle Over Norwegian Black Metal’s Official History.” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music, Cincinnati, OH, March 9-13, 2011.

Hagen, Ross. “The Ritualized Use of Music in Group Exercise Classes.” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology, Los Angeles, CA, November 11–14, 2010.

Hagen, Ross. “Bandom Ate My Face: The Practice of Music Fan Fiction.” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology, Middletown, Connecticut, October 25–28, 2008.