Rebekah Farrugia holds a PhD from the University of Iowa and is Professor of Media Studies in the Department of Communication at Oakland University where she teaches a range of courses focusing on the relationship between media and culture. Her scholarship explores the intersections of gender, community, and place in contemporary music genres such as electronic dance music and hip hop. Her work has been published in various national and international journals.
Her first book Beyond the Dance Floor: Female DJs, Technology, and Electronic Dance Music (Intellect Books) examines the gendering of dance music culture, issues of representation, and community building practices of women DJs and producers in the early 2000s. Her co-authored monograph Women Rapping Revolution: Hip Hop and Community Building in Detroit (University of California Press) is an ethnographic study that explores the contributions of women to the intersecting hip hop and cultural organization movements in the city of Detroit. She is currently working on a new project concerning non-profit arts organizations in Detroit and their relationship to the local music economy.