Daniel Shanahan, PhD

Primary Investigator, Music Cognition and Computation Lab


Daniel Shanahan is Assistant Professor of Music Theory at Louisiana State University, where he also runs the Music Cognition and Computation Lab. Before arriving at LSU, Daniel taught music theory, history, and cognition at the University of Virginia, and was a post-doctoral research fellow at Ohio State University, where he worked with David Huron. Daniel’s research interests include music and emotion, the diffusion of musical style, corpus studies, and the computational analysis of jazz and folk music. His work has been published in Music Perception,  The Journal of New Music Research, The Journal of Jazz Studies, The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America,Frontiers in Psychology, and Empirical Musicology Review, among others. In addition to many speaking at many national and international conferences, Daniel has given invited lectures at the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics in Frankfurt, Germany, the University of British Columbia, the University of South Carolina, and Northwestern University.
Daniel recently contributed the chapter on tonality, harmony, and counterpoint to the Routledge Companion to Music Cognition (Routledge, 2017), and has forthcoming chapters in Over and Over Again: Exploring Repetition in Popular Music (Bloomsbury, forthcoming), Scholarly Approaches to Mathematical Music Theory (World Scientific, forthcoming), as well as multiple chapters in the Oxford Handbook of Music and Corpus Studies (Oxford University Press, forthcoming), for which he is also serving as co-editor. He has contributed book reviews to Theory and Practice and Music Theory Online.
Since 2012, Daniel has been the managing editor of Empirical Musicology Review, and since 2016 he has served as co-editor alongside Daniel M├╝llensiefen. He also serves on the editorial board for Musicae Scientiae and the Journal of Creative Music Systems, and is currently the chair of the Music Informatics Interest Group for the Society for Music Theory. Daniel also serves as the society’s Sustainability Coordinator, where he has works on environmentally-friendly initiatives and proposals for the national and regional meetings. He holds a PhD from the University of Dublin, Trinity College.



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