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Susan Fast, Ph.D.

Director of Gender Studies and Feminist Research (GSFR)

Professor of English

(Currently on Sabbatical)

Phone: 905-525-9140 x.24715
Office: Chester New Hall 308

Areas of Interest

English, Culture


Susan Fast is Professor in the Department of English and Cultural Studies, which she joined in 2007. Her research interests include representations of gender and sexuality, race and ethnicity, constructions of self and other, performance and performativity, and geopolitical violence/conflict in contemporary popular music. Her current project, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, investigates issues related to gender, race and normative genre boundaries in rock music; part of this study concentrates on the burgeoning scene of all-female tribute bands to hard rock and heavy metal.  Blog:



In the houses of the holy



In the Houses of the Holy:  Led Zeppelin and the Power of Rock Music. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001.











Michael Jackson: Dangerous. 33 1/3 Series. London: Bloomsbury, 2014.






music, politics and violence



Music, Politics, and Violence. Eds. Susan Fast and Kip Pegley. Middletown: Wesleyan University Press, 2012.







Refereed Journal Articles:

“Michael jackson’s queer musical belongings.” Popular Music and Society. 35.2 (2012): 281-300.

“Difference that exceeded understanding: Remembering michael jackson (1958-2009).” Popular Music and Society. 33.2 (2010): 259-266.

“Calling ellen willis: Quarreling with the ‘radicals,’ loving consumer culture, and hearing women’s voices.” Women & Music: A Journal of Gender and Culture. 12 (2008): 44-53.

“Music and canadian nationhood post 9/11: An analysis of music without borders: Live.” Journal of Popular Music Studies. 18.1 (2006): 18-39.  Co-Author with K. Pegley.

“SAME AS IT EVER WAS? MUSICOLOGY CONTINUES TO WRESTLE WITH ROCK.” Canadian University Music Review. 21.1 (2000): 40-53, 91.

“Rethinking issues of gender and sexuality in led zeppelin: A woman’s view of pleasure and power in hard rock.” American Music. 17.3 (1999): 245-299.