Brad Osborn is Professor of Music theory and affiliated faculty in American Studies at the University of Kansas. He is the author of the monograph Everything in its Right Place: Analyzing Radiohead (Oxford University Press, 2017). Osborn’s other research on post-millennial popular music is published in Music Theory Spectrum, Perspectives of New Music, Music Analysis, Music Theory Online, Current Musicology, and Intégral. He currently serves as Associate Editor for Music Theory Online—the most widely read music theory journal in the world. Brad is the sole author of two textbooks,  Interpreting Music Videos: Popular Music in the Post-MTV Era (Routledge, 2021), and a forthcoming music theory textbook from Oxford University Press, which is co-authored with Christine Boone and focuses on popular music. He is also a co-author along with Larry Starr and Christopher Waterman for the 6th edition of American Popular Music (Oxford, 2021). Brad writes and records shoegazy post-rock as the artist D’Archipelago, described by one recent critic as “synth droid-core for replicants.”


B.S. in Music Education, Missouri State University (2003)

M.M. in Music Theory, Florida State University (2006)

Ph.D. in Music Theory, University of Washington (2010)

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