Daniel Shanahan

Assistant Professor

Daniel Shanahan is assistant professor of music theory and cognition at The Ohio State University. Before arriving at OSU, Daniel 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.

Daniel’s research interests include music and emotion, the diffusion of musical style, corpus studies, and the computational analysis of jazz and folk music. His work has been published in Music Perception, The Journal of New Music Research, The Journal of Jazz Studies, The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, Frontiers in Psychology, and Empirical Musicology Review, among others. In addition to numerous speaking engagements at many national and international conferences, Daniel has given invited lectures at the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics in Frankfurt (Germany), the University of British Columbia, the University of South Carolina, and Northwestern University.
He recently contributed the chapter on tonality, harmony and counterpoint to The Routledge Companion to Music Cognition (Routledge, 2017), and has chapters in Over and Over Again: Exploring Repetition in Popular Music (Bloomsbury), Scholarly Approaches to Mathematical Music Theory (World Scientific, forthcoming), as well as multiple chapters in the Oxford Handbook of Music and Corpus Studies (Oxford University Press, forthcoming), for which he is also serving as co-editor. He has contributed book reviews to Theory and Practice and Music Theory Online.
Since 2012, Daniel 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 board for Musicae Scientiae and the Journal of Creative Music Systems, and is currently the chair of the Music Informatics Interest Group for the Society for Music Theory. Daniel also serves as the society’s Sustainability Coordinator, working on environmentally-friendly initiatives and proposals for the national and regional meetings. He holds a bachelor’s degree in jazz composition from the Berklee College of Music, and a PhD in musicology from the University of Dublin, Trinity College.

Areas of Expertise
  • Theory
  • Music Cognition
  • Computational Musicology
  • Digital Humanities
Daniel Shanahan
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