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Dr Madison Moore


Postdoctoral Research Associate

Department of English
King's College London
Room 6.25, Virginia Woolf Building
22 Kingsway
London, WC2B 6LE

Madison Moore (Ph.D., American Studies, Yale University, 2013) is a research associate in ‘Modern Moves’ in the Department of English at King’s College London. Trained in performance studies and popular culture, madison is a DJ, writer and pop culture scholar with expertise in nightlife culture, fashion, queer studies, contemporary art, alternative subcultures and urban aesthetics. He is a staff writer at Thought Catalog, Splice Today, and his other writing has appeared in Vice, Interview magazine, Art in America, the Journal of Popular Music Studies and Theater magazine. With Francisco Raul Cornejo he is also guest editing a special issue of the Journal of Popular Music Studies on “Global Club Cultures.” 

A 2006 Ford Foundation Pre-Doctoral scholar, madison has been profiled by Color Lines, Black Book magazine, “Page Six” of the New York Post, and also appeared in a front-page profile in The New York Observer. madison has given invited plenary lectures at Reed College, Virginia Commonwealth University, the University of Pennsylvania, the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art and Ryerson University. He has also been  featured as an expert on race and gay issues on HuffPost Live. He appears in a Vice documentary on nightlife culture and has given a TED talk on “Communicating Brooklyn Style.”

Madison is the author of the Thought Catalog original e-book How to Be Beyoncé. He is currently working on two book projects, The Theory of the Fabulous Class, which will be published by Yale University Press, and a new project called A Cultural History of Saturday Night. 

Research Interests

Performance Studies

Creative Industries

Queer Studies 

Popular Culture and Music 

Ethnic Studies 

Media Studies 

Selected Publications

Special Issue Guest Editor, “Global Club Cultures,” Journal of Popular Music Studies (forthcoming).

“James Blake, Digital Lion,” The Cambridge Companion to the Singer-Songwriter (forthcoming, 2015).

 “Walk for Me: Postmodern Dance in the House of Harrell,” Theater magazine. (January 2014).

How to Be Beyoncé (2013).

“Looks: Studio 54 and the Production of Fabulous Nightlife,” Dancecult: A Journal of Electronic Dance Music Culture (2013).

“Tina Theory: Notes on Fierceness,” Journal of Popular Music Studies (May 2011).

Expertise and Public Engagement

Madison Moore has participated in a range of radio programs and media appearances on the topics of popular culture, fashion, contemporary queer culture and nightlife. As pop culture journalist who has written for Art in America, Vice and Interview magazine madison regularly interviews a number of celebrities, artists and pop music performers. He is happy to talk to the media about any area of popular culture, music and performance. 

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