Diane Pecknold

Ph.D. History, Indiana University, 2002.

Dr. Diane Pecknold is Associate Professor in Women's and Gender Studies.

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Selected publications:

  • Hidden in the Mix: The African American Presence in Country Music (Duke University Press, 2013).
  • 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.
  • "Heart of the Country? The Construction of Nashville as the Capital of Country Music," in Sounds and the City: Essays on Music, Globalization and Place, ed. Brett Lashua, Karl Spracklen and Stephen Wagg (Palgrave, in press).
  • "Making Country Modern: Ray Charles and the Constructions of Class, Race, and Region in the Nashville Sound" in Hidden in the Mix: The African American Presence in Country Music, ed. Diane Pecknold (Duke University Press, 2013).
  • "Travel with Me: Country Music, Race, and Remembrance," in Eric Weisbard, ed., Pop When the World Falls Apart (Duke University press, 2012).


Current and recent courses:

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


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 at work on a book about tween girls' music practices.