Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Media and Communication


Dr Leslie Meier

Lecturer in Media and Communication

0113 343 6906

Clothworkers' Building North, 2.25

Office hours: Mondays 3-4:30pm and Fridays 2-3pm during teaching weeks (aside from week 7)

BComm (Saskatchewan), MA (Simon Fraser), PhD (Western Ontario)


I joined the School of Media and Communication in 2013 after completing my PhD in Media Studies at the University of Western Ontario. My doctoral research on popular music and promotion was supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and Fulbright Canada, which sponsored a Visiting Doctoral Researcher position at New York University’s Department of Media, Culture, and Communication in 2010-2011.

Research Interests

My research interests include:

  • The music industries
  • The media and cultural industries
  • Critical perspectives on advertising, public relations, and promotional culture
  • Digital, creative, and cultural labour
  • Popular music, culture, and society



COMM1960 Studying Media

COMM2135 Critical Theories of Media

COMM5225M Public Relations, Culture and Society


Assessment Lead



  • Meier LM (2016) Popular Music as Promotion: Music and Branding in the Digital Age. Cambridge, UK: Polity.

Journal articles

  • Hesmondhalgh D, Meier LM (2017) “What the digitalisation of music tells us about capitalism, culture and the power of the information technology sector”, Information, Communication & Society.
    DOI: 10.1080/1369118X.2017.1340498, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/118507/

  • Klein B, Meier LM, Powers D (2017) “Selling Out: Musicians, Autonomy, and Compromise in the Digital Age”, POPULAR MUSIC AND SOCIETY. 40.2: 222-238.
    DOI: 10.1080/03007766.2015.1120101, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/92954/

  • Stahl M, Meier LM (2012) “The Firm Foundation of Organizational Flexibility: The 360 Contract in the Digitalizing Music Industry”, Canadian Journal of Communication. 37.3: 441-458.

  • Meier LM (2011) “Promotional ubiquitous musics: Recording artists, brands, and "rendering authenticity"”, Popular Music and Society. 34.4: 399-415.

  • Meier LM (2008) “In excess? Body genres, "bad" music, and the judgment of audiences”, Journal of Popular Music Studies. 20.3: 240-260.


  • Klein B, Meier LM (2017) “In sync? Music supervisors, music placement practices, and industrial change”, In: The Routledge Companion to Screen Music and Sound. 281-290
    DOI: 10.4324/9781315681047, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/117204/

  • Meier LM (2015) “Popular Music Making and Promotional Work inside the ‘New’ Music Industry”, In: Oakley K; O'Connor J (eds.) The Routledge Companion to the Cultural Industries. Routledge. 402-412

  • Hesmondhalgh DJ, Meier LM (2014) “Popular music, independence and the concept of the alternative in contemporary capitalism”, In: Bennett J; Strange N (eds.) Media Independence: Working with Freedom or Working for Free?. Routledge Research in Cultural and Media Studies. New York and Abingdon: Routledge.
    Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/82310/

  • Meier LM (2011) “In excess? Body genres, "bad" music, and the judgment of audiences”, In: Pop music and easy listening. The Library of Essays on Popular Music. Burlington, VT: Ashgate. 119-139

Research Centres & Groups

I am a member of the Media Industries and Cultural Production Research Group and the Music Reading Group.

PhD & Postdoctoral Supervision

Currently supervising:

Chris Hladowski

Ellis Jones


PhD Thesis

“Promotional ubiquitous musics: New identities and emerging markets in the digitalizing music industry” (University of Western Ontario, 2013)

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