Dr Kimberly Cannady

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Senior Lecturer in Ethnomusicology School of Music


Teaching in 2020


BMus (Utah); MA, PhD (Washington)


  • Programme Director, Music Studies
  • Lecturer in Ethnomusicology, Music Studies - Ethnomusicology


Kimberly Cannady is Programme Director of Music Studies and lecturer in ethnomusicology at the New Zealand School of Music. She teaches courses in contemporary ethnographic approaches to the study of music.

Kimberly completed her PhD at the University of Washington (Seattle) in 2014. Her dissertation combined ethnographic and historical approaches in a study of the relationships between music making and nation-building in Iceland. This research was based on fieldwork conducted in Iceland between 2011 and 2012 with funding from the American Scandinavian Foundation and a Fulbright grant. During this time, Kimberly was a guest researcher at the University of Iceland’s Department of Anthropology. She has also conducted fieldwork in Denmark and the Faroe Islands, and has been both a guest student and a guest researcher at the University of Copenhagen.

In addition to her research, Kimberly is also a practicing musician and holds a BMus in vocal performance. She remains engaged as a singer and has been involved in a number of Danish, Icelandic, Faroese, and Greenlandic vocal ensembles.


Dr Kimberly Cannady’s primary research area is contemporary music in Iceland, Kalaallit Nunaat/Greenland, the Faroe Islands, and Denmark. She is particularly interested in the connections between music making and the colonial legacies of the region. Her previous research projects have examined cultural policy and popular music as export in Denmark and Iceland, the relationships between traditional dance and modern nationalism in the Faroe Islands, and the relationship between tropes of exoticism and marketing of popular music in the region today. Her current book project considers the implications of climate change, new tourism, and the ongoing negotiation of national identity for music making in Iceland. Dr Cannady is also interested in music and migration in Aotearoa/New Zealand and has recently launched a research project on music and local refugee resettlement efforts.

Recent Publications

Cannady, Kimberly. 2017. “Echoes of the Colonial Past in Discourse on North Atlantic Popular Music.” The Oxford Handbook of Nordic Popular Music, ed. Fabian Holt and Antti-Ville Kärjä. New York: Oxford University Press.

Cannady, Kimberly. 2016. “National artikulationer af danskhedspositioner gennem musikeksport.” (Articulating ‘Danishness’ through State-Sponsored Music Export) Perspektiver på dansk populærmusikkultur efter 2000 (Perspectives on Danish Popular Music Culture after 2000), ed. Henrik Marstal and Mads Krogh. Odense, Denmark: Syddansk Universitet Forlag (University of Southern Denmark Press), 365-381.

Cannady, Kimberly. 2014. “Dancing on the Fissures: Alternative Senses of Crisis in the Faroe Islands.” Europe and Beyond: Politics, Identities and Globalization in the Crisis Discourses, ed. Kristín Loftsdóttir and Lars Jensen. Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 87-100.


Teaching in 2020