Daniel Shanahan has been appointed tenured associate professor of music theory and cognition in the Bienen School of Music, effective September 1, 2022.

Shanahan is currently an associate professor of music theory and cognition at The Ohio State University. Before arriving at Ohio State, he was director of the Music Cognition and Computation Lab at Louisiana State University, where he also taught undergraduate and graduate music theory. He previously taught music theory, history, and cognition at the University of Virginia.

Shanahan’s research interests include music and emotion, the diffusion of musical style, corpus studies, and the computational analysis of jazz and folk music. He has published articles or reviews in journals such as Music Perception, The Journal of Jazz Studies, Memory and Cognition, Music Analysis, Music Theory Spectrum, Music Theory Online, and Musicae Scientiae, among others, and has contributed chapters to the Routledge Companion to Music Cognition, The Routledge Companion to Music Theory Pedagogy, and Over and Over Again: Exploring Repetition in Popular Music.

Since 2012, Shanahan has been the managing editor of Empirical Musicology Review, and since 2016 he has served as co-editor alongside Daniel Müllensiefen. He also serves on the editorial boards of Music Theory Spectrum, Musicae Scientiae, and the Journal of Creative Music Systems. He is co-editor of the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Music and Corpus Studies.

Shanahan was awarded the Rising Faculty Research Award from Louisiana State University in 2018, and he received the Distinguished Scholar Award from the School of Music at Ohio State in 2021. He holds a PhD from the University of Dublin, Trinity College.

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