Professor O’Donnell is a theorist specializing in twentieth-century music. His research interests include set theory and analysis, transformation networks and voice leading, metaphor theory, and rock music, particularly psychedelia. He has presented papers on these topics at regional, national, and international conferences, and he has published articles and chapters in several professional theory journals and edited collections. Professor O'Donnell is also a member of the theory faculty at the CUNY Graduate Center, where he offers seminars on post-tonal and popular musics. He has previously taught at the University of Pennsylvania, Tulane University, and the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Professor O’Donnell will be on sabbatical leave for the 2008-09 academic year to pursue research on the early music of Pink Floyd.
B.A., M.A., Queens College; Ph.D. The City University of New York