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Head of Musicology and Ethnomusicology, The University of Melbourne

Dr Nicholas Tochka is Senior Lecturer in Music (Ethnomusicology) at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, University of Melbourne. A historian and ethnographer, he researches popular, traditional, and art musics in Europe and the Americas, with a particular emphasis on the politics of music-making since 1945. In 2016, Oxford University Press published his first book, Audible States: Socialist Politics and Popular Music in Albania. He is currently working on a second book manuscript, Rocking in the Free World: Popular Music and the Politics of Freedom in Postwar America, as well as smaller projects on music and citizenship, record collecting, and cartoon music. He plays bass, ukulele, and a little bit of guitar.


  • –present
    Head of Musicology and Ethnomusicology, University of Melbourne


  • 2012 
    Stony Brook University, PhD Music (Ethnomusicology)