Devon Powers, PhD

Director, Communication Undergraduate Programs; Associate Professor of Communication

Devon Powers

Office: PSA 325
Phone: 215.571.3550


  • BA, Women's Studies and English, Oberlin College, 1999
  • PhD, Media Culture and Communication, New York University, 2008

Research and Teaching Interests

  • Popular Music
  • Cultural Intermediaries
  • Promotional Culture
  • 20th Century History
  • Journalism Studies


Devon Powers researches historical and contemporary consumer culture—branding, promotional culture, and the culture industries, especially popular music. She is particularly interested in cultural circulation (how culture moves through the world) and cultural intermediation (the people, processes, technologies which guide its movement). She is the author of Writing the Record: The Village Voice and the Birth of Rock Criticism (University of Massachusetts Press, 2013) and co-edited Blowing Up the Brand: Critical Perspectives on Promotional Culture (Peter Lang, 2010). She has also published more than a dozen journal articles and book chapters in venues such as Popular Communication, Popular Music and Society, Critical Studies in Media Communication, The Routledge Companion to Advertising and Promotional Culture, and others.

Powers holds a BA (1999) in Women's Studies and English from Oberlin College and a doctorate (2008) in Media Studies from New York University. She joined Drexel in 2008, and commonly teaches classes on consumer culture, popular music, and media criticism.

Selected Publications

  • Writing the Record: The Village Voice and the Birth of Rock Criticism. Amherst, MA: University of Massachusetts Press, 2013.
  • Lost in the Shuffle: Technology, History, and the Idea of Musical Randomness. Critical Studies in Media Communication 31, 3 (2014): 244–64.
  • Notes on Hype. International Journal of Communication 6 (2012): 857–73.
  • Long-Haired, Freaky People Need to Apply: Rock Music, Cultural Intermediaries, and the Rise of the “Company Freak.” Journal of Consumer Culture 12, 3 (2012): 3–18.