Mary Fogarty is a cultural sociologist with degrees in music, popular culture, and film studies. The early part of her career involved ethnographic research about the mediation of hip-hop dance globally (she was a practicing b-girl before she began her research). Her recent research addresses how posture and movement have been studied medically and understood in popular culture from a sociological perspective.
Fogarty co-edited Movies, Moves and Music: The Sonic World of Dance Films with Mark Evans (2016). Recent publications also include book chapters in The Routledge Reader on the Sociology of Music (Shepherd and Devine 2015), The Oxford Handbook of Dance and the Popular Screen (Blanco Borelli 2014) and Ageing and Youth Cultures: Music, Style and Identity (Hodkinson and Bennett 2012). She has forthcoming chapters about breaking competitions (The Oxford Handbook of Dance Competitions), Toronto’s influence on b-boy history (Hip Hop North of the 49th Parallel) and Beyoncé music videos dance fandom and aesthetic tastes (Beyoncé: Essays on Music, Culture and Politics).
Professor Fogarty has been the recipient of several awards including an Academic Innovation Fund, AMPD Teaching Award, SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship, ORSAS (University of Edinburgh) and Canada Graduate Scholarship. She has served on academic committees for KISMIF, IASPM, IMHSD, and CORD.
She is a founding member of the UK-based research collective about popular dance studies, PoP Moves and currently the Chair of the North American committee.
Prof. Mary Fogarty is an Associate Professor at York University, Toronto, Canada and an invited Visiting Scholar at New York University’s Hip Hop Education Centre (2013-2015 and 2017-2018).
Mary Fogarty is a member of KeepRockinYou, a community-focused arts collective (founded by Judi Lopez) that has organized five seasons of the Toronto B-Girl Movement, an educational program for the empowerment of females in hip-hop culture.