Gabrielle Kielich


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Gabrielle Kielich is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie/UKRI-funded Senior Research Fellow. She is a popular music scholar with research interests in live music and touring, rock music history and culture, gender and popular music, and qualitative interviewing. Kielich is currently working on a postdoctoral project that examines the impact of online spaces on women’s electric guitar practice and the factors that enable and motivate women to become electric guitarists. The project consists of four stages: an extensive literature review, magazine analysis, social media analysis, and in-depth interviews.

Kielich is the author of The Road Crew: Live Music and Touring (Routledge, 2024). The book is an in-depth study of road crews and their working lives on concert tours. Her work has also been published in the edited collection Researching Live Music: Gigs, Tours, Concerts and Festivals (Taylor & Francis, 2021) and she was a co-editor of the Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World, Volume 12, Genres: Sub-Saharan Africa (Bloomsbury, 2019).

In addition to her role as a researcher, Kielich gives guest lectures in modules in the department of Music and Design Arts. She has also been a Lecturer at McGill University, where she taught courses on the history of communication.

She is actively involved in service and leadership roles in the university as the co-chair of the Popular Music Studies Research Group for the 2023–2024 academic year, a member of the Athena Swan Self-Assessment Team, and is completing the Aurora programme.

Kielich has PhD in Communication Studies from McGill University, a Master of Arts in Music and Culture and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Carleton University, and a Bachelor of Arts from Aquinas College.

Outside of academia, she has a background in journalism and was the Editor-in-Chief and the Entertainment Editor for regional magazines in the United States focused primarily on music and culture.

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  • Live music and touring
  • Gender and popular music
  • Women and the electric guitar
  • Rock music history and culture
  • Sociology of popular music
  • Music industries
  • Creative industries


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