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Rebekah Farrugia, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Office:    305 Wilson Hall
Phone:    (248) 370-2065

Beyond the Dance Floor book cover
Rebekah Farrugia (Ph.D., University of Iowa) is an associate professor with a specialization in media studies. Much of her research focuses on digital culture and the interconnections between gender, technology and popular music. Her work has been published in various national and international journals including Current Musicology, Feminist Media Studies and Journal of Popular Music Studies. She also co-produced the documentary, Copyright & Creativity in the Digital Age, which won second place in the documentary category at the East Lansing Film Festival in 2009. Her book, Beyond the Dance Floor: Female DJs, Technology, and Electronic Dance Music, was published by the academic press Intellect Books in 2012.

Dr. Farrugia’s current project examines the integration of digital technologies and hip hop music and culture in activist and community building efforts in Detroit.

Dr. Farrugia will teach an undergraduate course that stems from her research and offers a deeper look into popular music in Winter 2014 (T/R 3:00-4:47 at the Macomb University Center). Click here for more information on COM 368: Critical Approaches to Popular Media and sign up now on SAIL. This course will count for the media area of the major.

In addition to her academic interests, Dr. Farrugia enjoys hanging out in Northern Michigan and traveling with her family.