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Univ. of California, Los Angeles
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race, whiteness studies, popular music, country music, popular culture
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About Me

I am a doctoral candidate in history at the University of California, Los Angeles. My dissertation, “Keepin’ It Country: Race and the Popular Music Industry in the Age of the New Right, 1969-1998,” traces the connections between race, popular music, and conservatism during the second half of the twentieth century.

Specifically, I research and write on the relationship between race and the marketing practices of the Nashville-based country music industry between the 1970s and 1990s. I am interested in why we continue to think of country music as “white” music (and the role the music industry has played in perpetuating this belief), and seek to challenge this widespread understanding by highlighting the historic and constant presence of Black and Brown country artists and listeners.

Recent Publications

“Redneck Chic: Race and the Country Music Industry in the 1970s,” Journal of Popular Music Studies: Uncharted Country Special Issue (June 2020)

Media Coverage
Country Focus
20th Century U.S.
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
20th century
Expertise by Topic
Capitalism, Politics, Race