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St Peter's welcomes Dr Sarah Hill as Tutorial Fellow in Popular Music

The college is delighted to welcome Dr Sarah Hill as its new Fellow and Tutor in Popular Music. Dr Hill, who was appointed to her fellowship in August 2020 and will also be an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Music, officially took up her post at St Peter's on 1 April.   

Formerly Senior Lecturer in Music at Cardiff University, Dr Hill's research to date has largely focused on issues of identity and popular music, particularly in Welsh-language culture, and in the historiography of popular music. She has been Co-ordinating Editor of the journal Popular Music since 2012, and served two terms as Chair of the UK and Ireland branch of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music between 2016 and 2020.

Sarah entered the field of popular music studies from a background in classical musicology, with a study of the relationship between post-war popular music and fifty years of political activism around the survival of the Welsh language. 

Her most recent book, San Francisco and the Long 60s (Bloomsbury, 2016) is a sustained microhistory of the Haight-Ashbury neighbourhood. It examines the development of the psychedelic musical culture in the years 1963-69, and offers an assessment of the legacy of the hippie era in the present day Bay Area. Some of the ethnographic material that Dr Hill collected for that book was the basis for a Radio 2 documentary, A Taste of Summer, which focused on the myth of the Summer of Love.

Prof Sarah Hill