Staff profile

Simon Philo

Senior Lecturer in American Studies

Simon Philo


College of Arts, Humanities and Education



Research centre

Identity, Culture and Representation Research Centre




Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



I am Programme Leader for BA Liberal Arts; and Subject Leader for American Studies and Popular Music in Society.

Teaching responsibilities

I currently teach on the following modules:

Research interests

I have published extensively on American popular culture, with particular reference to its transatlantic "flow."  My book British Invasion: The Crosscurrents of Musical Influence was published in November 2014; and my journal article "Not Sucking in the Seventies: The Rolling Stones and the Myth of Decline" was published in Rock Music Studies in October 2015.  My resume also features book chapters and articles on ska, punk, MTV, Pop art, youth TV, and The Simpsons at the BBC.  My latest book, Glam Rock: Music in Sound and Vision, will be published in late 2018.

Membership of professional bodies

I am a member of the British Association of American Studies (BAAS), and of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM).


Recent conferences

In the last few years, I have given guest lectures at the Universities of Loughborough, Nottingham and Northumbria.

International experience

I am the department of Humanities' Study Abroad Coordinator for Europe, overseeing student and staff mobility between ourselves and our various European partners.

Additional interests and activities

I DJ retro-pop music events; I am also a keen cyclist.

Recent publications