Mary Fogarty is Associate Professor of Dance at York University with degrees in music, popular culture, and film studies. The early part of her career involved ethnographic research about the globalization of hip-hop dance (she was a practicing b-girl before she began her research). Her current research project investigates the posture of surgeons and nurses, the sociology of breathing, and scientific claims about the spine.

Fogarty co-edited Movies, Moves and Music: The Sonic World of Dance Films with Mark Evans (2016), The Oxford Handbook of Hip Hop Dance Studies with Imani Kai Johnson (forthcoming), and has book chapters on a range of dance topics 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). Fogarty has collaborated with neuroscientists to scan expert b-boy brains (Neurocase, 2014), written about the struggles of independent dance artists for EQ Magazine ( and addressed the experiences of b-girls for Canada’s national Dance Current Magazine (2015). She has forthcoming chapters about international breaking competitions (The Oxford Handbook of Dance Competitions), Toronto’s influence on b-boy history (Hip Hop North of the 49th Parallel) and Beyoncé's music videos, dance fandom and aesthetic tastes (Beyoncé: Essays on Music, Culture and Politics). She is also currently collaborating on a book project with Ken Swift.

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 (current), IASPM, IMHSD, and CORD and is on the Editorial Board of IASPM Journal.

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 currently a Visiting Scholar at New York University’s Hip Hop Education Centre (2013-2015 and 2017-2018).





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