Welcome to my Website!
I am a qualitative sociologist, author, editor and (sometimes) op ed and online magazine writer. I have authored Sing Us a Song, Piano Woman: Female Fans and the Music of Tori Amos (Scarecrow 2013) and have co-edited Gender and Pop Culture: A Text-Reader (Sense 2014) which has received praise from Jean Kilbourne (Killing Us Softly), Jackson Katz (Tough Guise) and Sut Jhally (Dream Worlds). Check out the Non-Fiction link for more details, info on books I am editing as well as current calls for papers. You can check out my CV here.
My Unlikely Friendship with WWE Legend, Mick Foley.
Tori Amos fans are a diverse bunch! One of the amazing results of "Sing Us a Song, Piano Woman: Female Fans and the Music of Tori Amos" has been meeting and getting to spend time with the wonderful spirit that is Mick Foley. You may know him as "Mankind", "Dude Love" or "Cactus Jack." Check out this article I wrote on xoJane for details on the Wrestler meeting the Professor. And check here for Mick's tour dates. Even if you are not completely familiar with Mick's life, do yourself a favor and have the inspirational experience of seeing him live.
Selected Praise for Gender and Pop Culture: A Text-Reader
“An important addition to the fields of gender and media studies, this excellent compilation will be useful to students and teachers in a wide range of disciplines. The research is solid, the examples from popular culture are current and interesting, and the conclusions are original and illuminating. It is certain to stimulate self-reflection and lively discussion.”
Jean Kilbourne, Ed.D., author, feminist activist and creator of the Killing Us Softly: Advertising's Image of Women film series
"The timely, well-written pieces in Gender and Pop Culture manage to convey some of the intellectual excitement -- and dare I say it, fun -- that the best in media studies and feminism can stimulate. Students and scholars alike will appreciate how the wide-ranging chapters in this volume provide greater depth and context to some of the great debates of our time about the 'effects of media' that take place every day in university classrooms and around kitchen tables. This should be required reading for anyone who's ever watched TV, gone to a movie or put on a pair of headphones!"
Jackson Katz, Ph.D., creator of Tough Guise 2: Violence, Manhood and American Culture and author of The Macho Paradox
Selected Praise for Sing Us a Song, Piano Woman, Female Fans and the Music of Tori Amos.
"This study paves the way for future research on female singer-songwriters and their multifaceted relationships to fan culture. The text serves as a strong resource for fans of Amos, sociologists, feminists, and people investigating the role of women in music." (Journal of American Culture)
"Any music history or women's studies library will be interested in acquiring Sing Us a Song, Piano Woman. It explores now only Tori's music, but how female fans bond with feminist musicians; and it examines and analyzes her lyrics and music with an eye to blending in issues of gender and activism. Social studies classes will appreciate the focus on cultural stereotypes and how Amos represented a type of fan that went beyond the image of the screaming teen to analyze more intellectual lyrics. The focus on women's emotions and a more mature musical style makes for a powerful survey recommended for any college-level collection looking for more than light biography." (Midwest Book Review)
"This book makes significant contributions to our understanding of female fan culture, the relationship between feminist music and feminist activism and how feminist musicians negotiate and challenge stereotypes in popular culture. As Adrienne Trier-Bieniek persuasively points out, female fans have largely been ignored in studies of fandom and music." (Patricia Leavy, author of Method Meets Art)
"Until now, our understanding of fans and fan culture has focused primarily on men, or on the female fans of male rockers and boy bands. In this book, Adrienne Trier-Bieniek takes a long, deep look at Tori Amos' fans – and explores how women relate to the music and musicians that empower them. It's long overdue." Beth Winegarner, managing editor of www.undented.com and author of Read the Music and The Columbine Effect
Welcome Toriphiles/Ears with Feet!
To all the Tori Amos fans who have found me, welcome! Please see the links below to order my book, "Sing us a Song, Piano Woman: Female Fans and the Music of Tori Amos" using the discount code to get 25% off. I am so, so proud of this work and I am very excited to share it with you all. You can read more about my study by checking out the link to My Tori Amos Study, info on the book can be found in Non-Fiction Books.