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dr. K.A. McGee

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dr. K.A. McGee


Kristin McGee initiatied the popular music program in the Arts, Culture and Media Department in 2004 to provide students grounding in popular music theory and practice in a rigorous academic environment. The program ranges from the study of local musical cultures to historical and aesthetic developments related to popular music genres in mediated and transnational contexts.

She has also worked as a professional musician, composer, and saxophonist in a number of groups in Chicago and Groningen including Los Toallitas, Funkadesi, The Blue Turtle Tea Party, Redmoon Puppet Theatre, the University of Chicago X-Tet, The Northwestern Big Band, the Hericane Saxophone Quartet, the Tinsel Trio and the multi-arts collective Hora Est. 

From 2013 to 2019 she was president of the Benelux chapter of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM Benelux) and has served on the boards  of KVNM (The Royal Society for Music History of the Netherlands), the Faculty Council of the University of Groningen and The Department of Arts, Culture and Media. She is the current secretary for the Center for Gender Studies and helped initiated the first gender and sexuality minor at the Univeristy of Groningen. She was co-editor for a special issue on Beyoncé in Popular Music and Society and media editor of Jazz Perspectives. She is also active with the Arts in Society Research Center and the Society for Ethnomusicology.

After finishing her Masters in Saxophone Performance at Northwestern University under Fred Hemke and her PhD in ethnomusicology at the University of Chicago with a Franke dissertation writing Fellowship under the supervision of Phil Bohlman, (with Martin Stokes, Ron Radano, and Jacqueline Stewart), she continued research on jazz women, audio visual media, and the film and music industries for her book Some Liked it Hot: Jazz Women in Film and Television, 1928-1959 (Wesleyan University Press 2009), which was nominated for a TLA Richard Wall Memorial Award recognizing scholarly writing on cinema and recorded performance and the American Musicological Society's Lewis Lockwood Award. Her monograph Remixing European Jazz Culture was published by Routledge in 2020.

In 2013, she organized the first ever University of Groningen Big Band for students to perform big band arrangements from a variety of periods. In 2013, she also initiated the Music Matters series, a lunch-time concert and lecture series aimed at bridging the larger community of Groningen to the academic community of the University of Groningen.  



Beyonce in the World: Making Meaning with Queen Bey in Troubled Times, C. Baade, M. and K. McGee, editors (Wesleyan University Press, in press).

“Beyoncé special issue.” Popular Music and Society, M. Smith, K. McGee, and C. Baade, guest editors, Popular Music and Society (2019).

Remixing Jazz in the New Europe (Routledge, 2020).

Some Liked it Hot: Jazz Women in Film and Television, 1928-1959 (Hanover: Wesleyan University Press, 2009).

Articles, book chapters, web content


"Straight to Baby: Scoring Female Jazz Agency and New Masculinity in Henry Mancini's Peter Gunn." Cold War Film Genres. (Edinburgh University Press, 2018).

“Crossover Collectivities and Electronic Samples: Jazz's Popularization in the Digital Era” in Made in the Low Countries: Studies in Popular Music, L. Mutsaers & G. Keunen, editors (Routledge Global Popular Music Series 2018).


“Staging Jazz Pasts Within Commercial European Jazz Festivals: The Case of the North Sea Jazz Festival” in European Journal of Cultural Studies (April 2016).

“Swinging the Classics, Hazel Scott and Hollywood’s Musical-Racial Matrix” in Jazz Worlds / Worlds Jazz, edited by Philip V. Bohlman and Goffredo Plastino (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2016).


“Musical Hybridity in the New European City: The Jazz Hip Hop Collectives of C-Mon & Kypski and Kytopia” in The Cultural Politics of Jazz Collectives (Routledge, 2015).

“Assimilating and Domesticating Jazz in 1950's American Variety Television: Nat King Cole’s Transformation from Guest Star to National Host” in Watching Jazz: Encountering Jazz Performance on Screen (Oxford University Press, 2015).


“Promoting Affect and Desire in the International World of Smooth Jazz” in Jazz Perspectives 7/3: 251-286 (Routledge, 2013).


“Collectivities, Cosmopolitanisms and Mixed-Mediations in Amsterdam’s Crossover Jazz Scene” in Musical Performance and the Changing City: Postindustrial Contexts in Europe and the United States, edited by Carsten Wergin and Fabian Holt (Routledge 2012).

“Orientalism and Erotic Multiculturalism in Popular Culture: From Princess Rajah to the Pussycat Dolls” in Music, Sound and the Moving Image 6/2: 209-238 (Liverpool University Press 2012).

“Representing Gender and Race in (American) Jazz Film and Television, 1920-1960” in Jazz Women in Film and Television website.

“Musician Bios” on Jazz Women in Film and Television website (2012) for: Ada Leonard and her all-girl orchestra; Babe Egan and her Hollywood Redheads; Bessie Smith; Billie Holiday; Blanche Calloway; Clora Bryant; Dave Schooler and his 21 Swinghearts; Dinah Shore; Dina Washington; Dorothy Donegan; Eddie Durham’s All-Star Girl Orchestra; Harlem Playgirls; Hazel Scott ; Ina Ray Hutton; The Ingenues; The International Sweethearts of Rhythm; Lena Horne; Lil Hardin Armstrong; Peggy Gilbert; Peggy Lee; Phil Spitalny and his Hour of Charm Orchestra; Thelma White; Valaida Snow.


“Remixing Jazz Culture: Hybridity and Collectivity in the New European City” in Jazz Research Journal 5.1/2: 67-88 (Equinox 2011).

“New York Comes to Groningen: Jazz Star Circuits in the Netherlands” in Migrating Musics: Media, Politics and Style, edited by Byron Dueck and Jason Toynbee (London: Routledge 2011).

Review of Jazz: The Smithsonian Anthology, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings 2010 (SFW CD 40820) in Jazz Perspectives 5/3: 237-243 (Routledge, 2011).


“The Gendered Jazz Aesthetics of That Man of Mine: The International Sweethearts of Rhythm and Independent Black Sound Film” in Big Ears: Listening for Gender in Jazz Studies , edited by Nichole T. Rustin and Sherrie Tucker (Durham:  Duke University Press 2008). 

“The Feminization of Mass Culture and the Novelty of All-Girl Bands: The Case of the Ingenues” in Popular Music and Society 31/5: 629-662 (Taylor & Francis 2008).


“Black All-Girl Bands and Film: From Vaudeville to Soundies” in Rocktober 40, 2005: 30-35 (Chicago:

“Women in Jazz: An Annotated Bibliography” in Jazz Educator’s Journal 27/2, 1994: 17-23.


“Gendering Jazz and Feminizing Mass Culture: Novelty and Uplift in the Films of the Ingenues and the International Sweethearts of Rhythm.” Invited speaker, University of California Los Angeles, March 12, 2013.

“Situating Orientalism in Popular Culture.” Invited speaker, Grieg Academy of Music, University of Bergen, January 10th, 2013.

“Musical Collectivities and Hybrid Economies in the Netherlands ‘Nu’ Jazz World,” Invited colloquium speaker for the FUAIM Colloquium series, Cork College University, Ireland, January 31, 2012. 

“Jazz’s Changing Configurations in the New Europe,” panel chair. Society for Ethnomusicology Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, November 3rd, 2012.

“Popular Jazz, Digital Aesthetics and Transnational Networks in the New Europe.” Society for Ethnomusicology Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, November 3rd, 2012.

“The Netherlands.” (Panel Chair). Rhythm Changes: Jazz and National Identities Conference, Amsterdam, September 1-4, 2011.

“Belly Dancing and the Orientalist Debate in Music Television Videos and Re-mix Communities.” The Future of Media Studies , RMes (Research School for Media Studies), University of Amsterdam, June 27, 2011.

“Remixing Jazz Culture: Dutch Crossover Jazz Collectivities and Hybrid Economies in the Late-Capitalist Era.” Rhythm Changes: Jazz and National Identities Conference, Amsterdam, September 1-4, 2011; Popular Music: Theory and Practice in the Lowlands , InHolland: University of Applied Sciences, the Netherlands, April 15, 2011; Mediation, Writing & Performance , British Forum for Ethnomusicology, University College Falmouth, April 7-10, 2011; Sound Ecologies , Society for Ethnomusicology Annual Conference, University of California, Los Angeles, November 10-14, 2010.

“Remixing the Future of Music," panel participant. The UnConvention, Groningen, the Netherlands, January 14, 2010.

"Wicked Jazz Sounds: Amsterdam's Cosmopolitan and Mixed-Mediated Jazz Collectivity." Society for EthnomusicologyAnnual Meeting, Mexico City, Mexico, November 20, 2009.

“Simulating Orientalism and Gender in Transnational Contexts: From Little Egypt to MTV." Representing Gender in the Performative Arts, the University of Groningen, the Netherlands, November 13, 2009.

“Jazz in American Film: Shorts, Soundies and Film Noir.” USVA Midnight Express Jazz Festival, Groningen, The Netherlands, October 13, 2009.

“Popular Music, Political Debates and Presidential Elections.” Election Night 2008. Stadsschouwburg Groningen, the Netherlands, November 4, 2008.

“Smooth Jazz, Transnationalism and Mobile Representations.” Panel Convener, European Association of Social Anthropologists Biennial Conference, Ljubljana, Slovenia, August 2008.

“From Little Egypt to MTV: Simulating Orientalism and Gender in Transnational Contexts.” British Forum for Ethnomusicology Annual Conference, Cardiff, England, April 2008.

“Swinging the Classics, Hazel Scott and Hollywood’s Racial Musical Matrix.” British Forum for Ethnomusicology Annual Conference, Newcastle upon Tyne, England, April 2007.

“Race, Class and Musical Mediation in American Musical Film Shorts, 1928-1946.” Sookmyung Women’s University Centennial Lecture Series in American Studies, Seoul, Korea, May 2006.





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9712 GK Groningen
The Netherlands

Arts, Culture and Media

Job title:
Associate Professor of Popular Music