Biography

NielScobieWelcome to my website. I’m a PhD student in Media Studies at the University of Western Ontario.

My research examines diasporic cultural expressivity within early Canadian hip-hop music (approx. 1983-89) and is generously supported by a Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship – Doctoral Award. My advisor is Dr. Keir Keightley.

Further research and teaching interests include Canadian media theory (particularly the works of Harold Innis), the political economy of communication, sports and propaganda, and curriculum design.

In 2015, my article “‘We Wanted Our Coffee Black’: Public Enemy, Improvisation, and Noise” was published in Critical Studies in ImprovisationI am currently co-authoring two essays with Dr. Jesse Stewart of Carleton University on early Canadian hip-hop for forthcoming edited volumes.

Before enrolling at Western, I earned an MA in Music and Culture at Carleton University (Ottawa). I also hold a BA in Digital Media Studies from Vancouver Island University, in my beautiful hometown of Nanaimo, BC.

I’m a music industry veteran who enjoyed a successful 20-year career in Vancouver’s hip-hop scene as a producer, recording engineer, journalist, and DJ playing clubs and opening for acts such as The Roots, De La Soul, and George Clinton. I also collaborated on recordings nominated for Canada’s Juno Award for Rap Recording of the Year (2003 and 2005). I am fortunate to apply my passion for music to academic endeavours and feel that I am uniquely positioned to contribute to Canadian hip-hop scholarship.

I would like to teach at the post-secondary level, specializing in Canadian media, digital technology, popular music and culture, and hip-hop studies. I am also interested in teaching media awareness to elementary and high school students.

More information here and here (page 7).