American Studies
American Studies

Kate Grover

Masters Student



American musical cultures and communities, 20th and 21st century cultural history, critical race and gender studies, feminist histories and practice, popular culture studies, performance studies, media studies, women in rock culture, the 1990s, historical memory and meaning-making processes, fandom, nostalgia, the politics of taste, stardom and celebrity studies, "cool"/"coolness" in the US.


Kate Grover is an American Studies graduate student from Phoenix, Arizona. Although Kate has many scholarly interests, her research centers on gender and music and the ways women navigate rock culture as performers, creators, critics, fans, or any combination thereof. 

Before moving to Austin, Kate studied at Tulane University where she was one of twenty undergraduate women selected to participate in the third cohort of Tulane's Newcomb Scholars Program. While working on her own interdisciplinary research, Kate edited submissions to Women Leading Change, the Newcomb College Institute's journal of case studies on women and leadership, and planned the 2015 Newcomb Scholars research symposium. She received her BA in American Studies and English in 2015, and her honors thesis examining 1990's women rock artists' use of confessional lyricism won both the English Department's American Literature Award and the School of Liberal Arts Top Honors Scholar distinction for best senior thesis in American Studies. 

In addition to her graduate studies, Kate works as a Program Assistant for the UT International Office. In this role, Kate organizes and facilitates events for the 2017 Fulbright Visiting Scholars Program for Iraq and assists with other customized intercultural programming at UT. Kate also volunteers as a camp counselor and "Women Who Rock" workshop leader with Girls Rock Austin, a nonprofit empowering girls and women through music, education, and performance. 

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