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Diane Pecknold

Ph.D. History, Indiana University, 2002.

Dr. Diane Pecknold is Assistant Professor in Women's and Gender Studies and Program Coordinator for the College of Arts and Sciences Office of International Programs.

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Selected publications:

  • The Selling Sound:  Country Music, Commercialism, and the Politics of Popular Culture (Duke University Press, 2007).
  • A Boy Named Sue: Gender and Country Music (University Press of Mississippi, 2004), co-edited with Kristine McCusker.
  • "Travel with Me: Country Music, Race, and Remembrance," in Eric Weisbard, ed., Pop When the World Falls Apart (Duke University press, forthcoming, 2011).
  • "Eva and Zsa Zsa Gabor: Hungary Meets hillbilly U.S.A.," in Pamela Robertson Wojcik, ed., Screen Stars of the 1960s (Rutgers University Press, forthcoming, 2011)
  • “Holding Out Hope for the Creedence:  Music and the Search for the Real Thing,” in Aaron Jaffe and Edward Comentale, eds, The Year’s Work in Lebowski Studies (Indiana University Press, 2009).
  • “Selling Out or Buying In?  Alt.Country’s Cultural Politics of Commercialism,” in Barbara Ching and Pamela Fox, eds., Old Roots, New Routes:  The Cultural Politics of Alt.Country Music (University of Michigan Press, 2008).


Current and recent courses:

  • Women in American Culture (introductory course in WGS)
  • History of U.S. Feminisms
  • Gender & Popular Music
  • Gender & Consumer Culture  


Research interests:

My research focuses on United States popular culture of the twentieth century, with a particular emphasis on the ways that gender and race have shaped the production and reception of popular music.  I am currently completing Hidden in the Mix, an edited collection of essays on African American engagements with country music.


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