Michèle Duguay (she/her) is an Visiting Assistant Professor of Music at Harvard University. Her research focuses on the intersection of popular music analysis and gender studies, the construction of virtual space in recorded popular music, voice studies, and gesture in contemporary piano music. Her dissertation, “Gendering the Virtual Space: Sonic Femininities and Masculinities in Contemporary Top 40 Music,” has been awarded the SMT-40 Dissertation Fellowship by the Society for Music Thepry.

In 2019, Michèle received the Patricia Carpenter Emerging Scholar Award from the Music Theory Society of New York State (MTSNYS), the Arthur J. Komar Award from Music Theory Midwest (MTMW), and a doctoral grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada. She presented her research at various national and international conferences, including the annual (SMT) and regional (NECMT, MTSNYS, MTMW) meetings of the Society for Music Theory, the Society for American Music (SAM) annual meeting, and the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM-US).

She received a Ph.D. in music theory from the CUNY Graduate Center, where she also completed a Certificate Program in Women’s Studies, an M.A. in music theory from McGill University, and a B.Mus. from the University of Ottawa. Michèle is a former faculty member at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and has taught music theory at the City College of New York and Lehman College.

Michèle is a co-founder of the Engaged Music Theory working group.


The Graduate Center, CUNY (2016-2021)
Ph.D. in Music Theory
Certificate Program in Women’s Studies

McGill University (2014-2016)
M.A. in Music Theory

University of Ottawa (2010-2014)
B.Mus. in Music

Other Publications

Review of Analytical Essays on Music by Women Composers: Concert Music, 1900–1960, edited by Laurel Parsons and Brenda Ravenscroft (New York: Oxford University Press, 2022). Music Theory Spectrum 45/2 (Forthcoming).

“Analyzing Vocal Placement in Recorded Virtual Space.” Music Theory Online 28/4 (2023). https://mtosmt.org/issues/mto.22.28.4/mto.22.28.4.duguay.html.

“Physical Balance, Gravity, and Tension in Contemporary Piano Works.” 2019. Theory and Practice Vol. 44.

Review of A Blaze of Light in Every Word: Analyzing the Popular Singing Voice by Victoria Malawey (Oxford University Press, 2020). Music Theory Online 27/2 (2021). https://mtosmt.org/issues/mto.21.27.2/mto.21.27.2.duguay.html.

Blog Posts

    Michèle Duguay

    Profile picture of Michèle Duguay


    Active 4 months ago