Department of Communication, Journalism, and Public Relations

Wilson Hall, Room 316
371 Wilson Boulevard
Rochester, MI 48309-4486
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(248) 370-4120

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Rebekah Farrugia, Ph.D.

A head shot of Rebekah Farrugia.

Professor & 
Graduate Program Director
Office: 305 Wilson Hall
Phone: (248) 370-2065

Professor Rebekah Farrugia (Ph.D., University of Iowa) has a specialization in media studies. She teaches a range of communication courses focusing on the relationship between media and culture. Her scholarship explores the politics and intersections of gender, community, and place in contemporary music genres such as electronic dance music and hip hop. Her work has been published in various national and international journals including Current Musicology, Feminist Media Studies, Music & Politics, and Journal of Popular Music Studies. In 2012, Dr. Farrugia published Beyond the Dance Floor: Female DJs, Technology and Electronic Dance Music Culture. Her current research project is an ethnographic project about a women-centered, community-based hip hop movement in post-bankruptcy Detroit.

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