Dr Rosemary Lucy Hill

Dr Rosemary Lucy Hill


I research gender, big data and popular music. I am currently researching sexual violence at live music events (funded by Leeds' Cultural Institute) and sexual violence in chart topping rock and metal lyrics (funded by BA/Leverhulme). My PhD (Centre for Women’s Studies, York) looked at representations and experiences of women hard rock and metal music fans. My postdoc (Seeing Data: are good big data visualisations possible?, Leeds) explored how people engage with data visualisations.


  • Acting Director of Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies
  • MA Gender Studies programme leader

Research interests

My research interests include the following.

  • Gender and sexism
  • Feminist methodologies
  • Popular music fandom
  • Rock and metal
  • Digital data and data visualisations
  • Digital lives
  • Culture and the media
  • Semiotics
  • Reader and audience response
  • 20th century and contemporary literature

I was instrumental in putting together a website of guidance for non-experts users of data visualisations.

I am on the editorial advisory board of the journal Metal Music Studies. 

I am the treasurer of the International Association for Popular Music (UK & Ireland branch) 

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Student education

I convene the following modules:

The Sociology of Gender (level 2)

The Social Life of Data (level 3)

Theorising Gender (MA)

I supervise gender, music and social media dissertations

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