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Shaugn O’Donnell
Position: Associate Professor, The City College and Graduate Center
Campus Affiliation: City College of New York|CUNY Graduate Center
Phone: 212-650-7683
Degrees/Diplomas: PhD, CUNY
Research Interests: 20th Century; transformational networks; rock music

Shaugn O’Donnell is a theorist specializing in twentieth-century music. His research interests include post-tonal analysis, transformation networks, metaphor theory, and rock music, particularly psychedelia.


“American Chaos: Charles Ives and the Grateful Dead.” In The Grateful Dead in Concert: Essays on Live Improvisation, edited by Jim Tuedio and Stan Spector, 58–70. Jefferson, NC: McFarland Publishers, 2010.

“Embracing Relational Abundance.” Music Theory Online 13.3 (2007).

“Bobby, Béla, and Borrowing in ‘Victim or the Crime’.” In All Graceful Instruments: The Contexts of the Grateful Dead Phenomenon, edited by Nicholas Meriwether, 38–51. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2007

“Review of What to Listen for in Rock: A Stylistic Analysis by Ken Stephenson (Yale University Press, 2002).” Music Theory Spectrum 28.1 (2006): 132–140

"On the Path: Tracing Tonal Coherence in Dark Side of the Moon." In "Speak to Me": The Legacy of Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon, edited by Russell Reising, 87–103. Aldershot, England: Ashgate Publishing, 2005.

“Sailing to the Sun: Revolver's Influence on Pink Floyd.” In 'Every Sound There Is': The Beatles' Revolver and the Transformation of Rock and Roll, edited by Russell Reising, 69 – 86.  Aldershot, England: Ashgate Publishing, 2002.

 “Klumpenhouwer Networks, Isography, and the Molecular Metaphor.” Intégral 12 (2000): 53 – 80.

 “Space, Motion, and Other Musical Metaphors.” In Perspectives on the Grateful Dead: Critical Writings, edited by Robert G. Weiner, 127 – 135. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1999.

“Linear Ordering of the Chromatic Aggregate in Classical Symphonic Music,” co-authored with Henry Burnett. Music Theory Spectrum 18.1 (1996): 22 – 50.