Personal profile


Catherine Haworth joined the Huddersfield staff in 2011 as a Research Fellow, and is currently Senior Lecturer in Music. She gained a first class BA (Hons) Music and an MA in Film Music Studies from the University of Leeds, before being awarded a PhD in film musicology in 2011. Her doctoral thesis, ‘Dames, darlings, and detectives: women, agency, and the soundtrack in RKO Radio Pictures crime films’, explored sonic constructions of femininity in classical Hollywood crime pictures and films noirs.

Catherine’s interdisciplinary research focuses around two main themes: music and sound in audiovisual media, and issues of representation and identity in music and musical culture. She is a member of Huddersfield’s Centre for the Study of Music, Gender and Identity (MuGI), the Sound Music Image Collaboration research centre, and the Popular Music Studies Research Group. Catherine sings with the Clothworkers Consort of Leeds and Leeds Baroque Choir, and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Research Expertise and Interests

Catherine's research and teaching reflect the interdisciplinary nature of her interests, which focus around musical issues of representation and identity across various media. Her primary research area is film and television music, with specialisms in classical Hollywood cinema of the 1930s and 40s, crime films, the James Bond series, the economics and aesthetics of popular scoring, and the role of musical performance within film. Catherine is also interested in contemporary critical approaches to aesthetics and musicology across a range of styles and eras, with a particular focus on popular music cultures, including Motown, Northern soul, and disco.    

Catherine has published on topics including scoring the female detective in 1940s Hollywood; music, gender, and medical discourse in the female gothic film; women and music in James Bond films; and issues of representation and identity across the classical and contemporary soundtrack. She guest edited a special edition of Music, Sound and the Moving Image on the theme of gender and sexuality, and co-edited the Ashgate collection Gender, Age and Musical Creativity with Dr Lisa Colton. Catherine is also in the initial stages of research into musical constructions of girlhood and national identity in British girls' school stories, ‘Latin’ music in classical Hollywood, and various projects on stardom, music, and voice in film and television.


  • film music
  • soundtracks
  • audiovisual media
  • music and identity
  • 1940s cinema
  • film musicals
  • music and culture
  • RKO Radio Pictures
  • music and literature
  • popular music
  • voices and vocality
  • stardom

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Research Output 2008 2017

Open Access

Gender, age and musical creativity

Haworth, C. & Colton, L. 1 Jan 2015 Ashgate Publishing Ltd.223 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

private institution

Introduction: Gender, age and musical creativity

Haworth, C. & Colton, L. 1 Jan 2015 Gender, Age and Musical Creativity. Ashgate Publishing Ltd., p. 1-6 6 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingForeword/postscript

Medical Discourse

Book review: Seeing Through Music: Gender and Modernism in Hollywood Film Scores. By Peter Franklin

Haworth, C. 1 May 2013 In : Music and Letters. 94, 2, p. 365-367 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Film music
Hollywood Film

Activities 2011 2018

British Forum for Ethnomusicography and the Royal Musical Association Research Students' Conference

Haworth, C. (Organiser)
4 Jan 20186 Jan 2018

Activity: Organising a conference, workshop, ...

International Association for the Study of Popular Music Biennial Conference

Haworth, C. (Organiser)
3 Sep 20185 Sep 2018

Activity: Organising a conference, workshop, ...

Sources and Archives in Screen Sound Studies

Haworth, C. (Chair), Nathan Platte (Organiser), Ben Winters (Organiser)
1 Jun 2017

Activity: Organising a conference, workshop, ...