Nick Shea is a PhD student in music theory and a member of the Cognitive and Systematic Musicology Laboratory. His research primarily focuses on rhythm and meter in tonal music, perception of pulse, empirical studies, and tonality in popular music. Some of this work has been presented at various national and regional conferences, including the annual meetings of the Society of Music Theory, New England Conference of Music Theorists, the Music Theory Society of New York State, and the Society for Music Perception and Cognition. He previously completed a master's degree in music theory at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and holds a Bachelor of Education in instrumental music education from the University of Missouri St. Louis. Visit his website at sheatheory.com.