I studied violin and music theory at Ingesund College of Music, Arvika, Sweden (MA Music Education), music theory at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm (Post-Graduate Diploma), and musicology at McGill University in Montreal (MA Musicology), and received my Ph.D. (Fil. Dr.) from University of Gothenburg. My dissertation Back to the Future: Towards an Aesthetic Theory of Bengt Hambræus was published by the University of Gothenburg in 1999.
Before joining the faculty of Bowling Green State University in 2003, I worked at the International Relations Department of the Swedish Broadcasting Corporation and taught music theory at the Swedish Conservatory in Jakobstad, Finland, The University College of Music Education in Stockholm, Örebro University, Sweden, Luleå University of Technology's School of Music in Piteå, Sweden, and Butler University, Indianapolis. My teaching interests include pedagogy of music theory and music history, twentieth-century analytical techniques and aesthetics, and film music.
I have presented papers at national and regional conferences of the American Society for Aesthetics, the Bartók Archives of the Institute for Musicology of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, American Musicological Society, Canadian University Music Society, College Music Society, the International Musicological Society, Royal Musical Association, Society for Music Theory, and the Swedish Musicological Society, and have contributed articles to a number of Swedish periodicals, journals, and newspapers, such as Nutida Musik, Swedish Journal of Musicology [Svensk Tidskrift för Musikforskning], Musikrevy, and Svenska Dagbladet; as well as Perspectives of New Music, the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians; Ex Tempore, College Music Symposium, Journal of Popular Music Studies, Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy, and Music Theory Online as the Swedish correspondent. I have also contributed liner notes for numerous CDs on the BIS label and two for Deutsche Grammophon. My chapter "New Music of Sweden" appears in New Music of the Nordic Countries (Pendragon Press, 2002).
I am a member of the editorial board for the Canadian journal Ex Tempore: A Journal of Compositional and Theoretical Research in Music, and was the editor of the internet journal STM-Online between 1998 and 2010. I have been a member of the editoral boards for Musikrevy, Culturekiosque, and Nutida Musik, and was editor-in-chief of Crosscurrents and Counterpoints: Offerings in Honor of Bengt Hambraeus at 70 (Gothenburg: University of Gothenburg, 1998). Most recently, I have completed an anthology together with Nora Engebretsen, What Kind of Theory Is Music Theory?, dealing with epistemological issues in music theory and a monograph on composer Sven-David Sandström.