Rosemary Lucy Hill

University of Leeds

Rosemary Lucy Hill, author of Gender, Metal and the Media: Women Fans and the Gendered Experience of Music (Palgrave), researches gender, popular music and the politics of data visualisations.

Rosemary Lucy Hill

Author Biography

Rosemary Lucy Hill is a Senior Lecturer in Media Studies at the University of Huddersfield. She researches gender, popular music and data visualisations.

Rosemary undertook her PhD on the subject of women metal fans in the Centre for Women’s Studies, University of York. She then moved to the University of Leeds to work as a researcher on the Seeing Data: are good big data visualisations possible? project with Helen Kennedy, Will Allen and Andy Kirk. She worked in the Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies at University of Leeds as a lecturer in Sociology before joining the University of Huddersfield in 2019.


Rosemary has written and spoken about the conventions and politics of data visualisations, with a particular focus on the audience. She has published on the metal media, the moral panic around emo, subcultural theory and sexual violence in music. She is the author of Gender, Metal and the Media: Women Fans and the Gendered Experience of Music and she has been interviewed on BBC Radio 4’s Thinking Allowed on the subject of women fans, metal and subcultures. She is currently investigating sexual violence at live music events and in UK rock and metal chart toppers, and the concept of patriarchy in meme culture.

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