IASPM-US represents the United States branch of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music. IASPM-US has been an important part of the popular music landscape since the early 1980s and serves as a forum for a range of scholarly and other approaches to popular music. The past several decades have witnessed a period of dramatic and exciting growth in the field of popular music studies. The centrality of popular music to notions of personal and collective identity, geographic identity, political affiliation, technological change and adaptation, the economic and legal parameters of “intellectual property,” and the sociology of consumer-based fan cultures, makes it likely that popular music studies will only continue to grow in importance and intellectual value.

The US branch of IASPM holds true to the goals of our parent organization in the belief that popular music has much to teach us about this world. We place an emphasis on the writings and other activities of US-based scholars, journalists, and musicians–focusing not only on American music but also on musics from across the globe, and “Music 2.0″ made and consumed in virtual soundscapes.

For a professional organization, we are unique for our inter-disciplinary scope–spanning fields such as musicology, sociology, cultural anthropology, literary studies, cultural studies, American studies, and so on. The democratic, inclusive outlook of IASPM-US extends not only across different academic disciplines but also to the inter-professional level. In other words, we seek the contributions and expertise of popular music critics, journalists, industry workers, and cultural administrators in addition to university academics. Click our “How to Join” page for information on becoming an IASPM-US member.

This launch of the new IASPM-US website is undertaken in this same spirit. The site is designed to be inclusive and interactive–a forum where we can interact and learn from one another given our diverse backgrounds and interests. We hope to start many vigorous dialogues and debates among our members–dialogues that will, ideally, engage the everyday popular music fan who happens across our site. As a meeting place for professional academics, critics, musicians, and casual web browsers, this website aims to bring together people who share a passion for popular music–not only as a form of leisure, but also as a worthy professional (and amateur) pursuit and a serious subject of study.


IASPM-US Board of Directors

Executive Committee

  • Journal Editors – Gayle Wald and Oliver Wang
  • Web Editor/Webmaster: Mike D’Errico
  • Assistant Web Editor: Jessica Dilday
  • Open Seats: Rebekah Farrugia, Devon Powers, Anthony Kwame Harrison, and Justin Burton
  • Student Seat: Benjamin Court, Mike D’Errico
  • Honorary Board Members: Reebee Garofalo, Portia Maultsby

Association Committees

IASPM-US Program Committee (2013 Conference)
Chair: Anthony Kwame Harrison (Virginia Tech)); Members: Justin D Burton (Rider), Kevin Fellezs (Columbia), Elias Krell (Northwestern), Andrew Mall (DePaul), Katherine Meizel (Bowling Green), Karl Hagstrom Miller (University of Texas), and Ali Colleen Neff (University of North Carolina)

Fair Use Committee
Chair: Patrick Burkhart; Associate Chair: Kembrew McLeod; Members: Michael Carroll, Steve Jones, Marc Perlman, John Tehranian, Siva Vaidhyanathan

Ethnic Studies Committee
Chair: David F. Garcia. Members: Reebee Garafalo, Jason Lee Oakes

Popular Music Pedagogy Committee
Chair: Susan Oehler Herrick. Members: Dan Cavicchi, Robert W. Fry, Kathryn Metz

Committee on Diversity and Inclusion
Chair: Daphne Carr. Members: Sarah Dougher, Erica Flores, Luis-Manuel Garcia, Elizabeth Keenan, Caroline Polk O’Meara, Devon Powers, Barry Shank, Karen Tongson, and David García


Please send comments, questions, and suggestions to iaspmus@gmail.com.