Matthew Stahl

Matt Stahl (PhD in Communication, University of California, San Diego, 2006) is Associate Professor of Information and Media Studies at the University of Western Ontario, where he is also a member of the Digital Labour Research Group and participant in that group’s SSHRC-supported research collaboration with Canadian entertainment and media guilds. Stahl’s monograph, Unfree Masters: Recording Artists and the Politics of Work (Duke University Press, 2013) examines the representation and regulation of recording artists’ labour, professionalization, employment contracts, and intellectual property. Other peer-reviewed publications include examinations of the social relations of a San Francisco indie rock scene, film and television representations of musical labour, divisions of creative labour in film and television animation, changes to recording contracts under digitalization of the entertainment industry, contrasting conceptions of creative cultural labour, and cartoon and boy bands.

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