Music, memory and post-memory
Popular music history (electronic, post-punk, hip hop, metal, jazz, rock and dance music)
Music in inter-Asian and trans-Asian contexts
Cultural histories of Central and West Asia and diasporas
Migration histories, music and literature of Germany, Austria and Australia
Music and literature in Jewish and Indigenous contexts
Mourning and performance
Gay researches popular music history in Australian, Iranian and diasporic contexts. She is also founding convener of the Central and West Asia and Diasporas Research Network.