photo by Shane Lin

photo by Shane Lin

About

I am a doctoral candidate in the University of Virginia’s Corcoran Department of History and a 2018-2019 Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellow. My dissertation, “Sounding Southern: Music, Militarism, and the Making of the Sunbelt,” traces the economic and symbolic connections between popular music and the U.S. military during the Cold War. This project places particular focus on the country music industry’s role in military recruitment since World War II to show how the relationship between genre and militarism helped create the sonic and political color lines of the late twentieth century. My work has received funding from several institutions, including the Rose Library at Emory University, the Southern Historical Collection at UNC-Chapel Hill, Virginia Humanities, and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.

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