American Studies
American Studies

Kate Grover


Doctoral Student
Kate Grover

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Women's and gender studies, popular music studies, media studies, feminisms and feminist historiography, representation in U.S. popular culture, 20th and 21st century cultural history, rock music, historical memory, stardom and celebrity studies, cool/coolness.

Biography


Kate Grover is a PhD Candidate in American Studies from Phoenix, Arizona. Her research, writing, and teaching examines gender, feminisms, and representation in U.S. music and popular culture. 
 
Kate is currently working on her doctoral dissertation, "Amplified Activists: Feminist Responses to the Modern American Music Industry." A historical study of U.S. women musicians across popular music genre, "Amplified Activists" argues that women musicians from 1960-2020 utilized a variety of tactics aimed at combating gender-based inequalities in the music industry. Kate's dissertation research is supported by fellowships from The University of Texas at Austin College of Liberal Arts and Harvard University's Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America.  
 
Kate earned her MA in American Studies from the University of Texas in 2018. Her Master's project examined the Chicago Women's Liberation Rock Band, a feminist collective that performed anti-sexist rock music between 1970 and 1973. An article based on this research, "Rocking the Revolution: The Chicago Women's Liberation Rock Band and the Politics of Feminist Rock and Roll," has been recently published in Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society.
 
Before moving to Austin, Kate studied at Tulane University where she was one of twenty students selected to participate in the third cohort of Newcomb Scholars, a leadership program for undergraduate women. She received her BA in American Studies and English with a Minor in Gender & Sexuality Studies in 2015.

Kate has also worked as a Supplemental Instruction Supervisor with the UT Austin Sanger Learning Center and as an editor for AMS:ATX, the blog of the UT Austin Department of American Studies. During the summers of 2017, 2018, and 2019, Kate served as a Program Assistant with Texas Global, facilitating customized and intercultural programs including the Fulbright Junior Faculty Development Program for Egypt and the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program for Iraq. Kate also volunteers as a camp counselor and "Womxn Who Rock" workshop leader with Girls Rock Austin, a nonprofit empowering women and girls through music, education, and performance. 

 

Courses


AMS 311S • Rock Music/Representation

31080 • Spring 2020
Meets MWF 11:00AM-12:00PM BUR 436A
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Writing, reading, and discussion on an American studies topic, with emphasis on the evaluation of information, analytical reading, and critical writing. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary.

AMS 311S • Rock Music/Representation

30518 • Fall 2019
Meets MWF 11:00AM-12:00PM BUR 436A
Wr

What are the “roles” of rock music and culture? Who gets to be a guitar god, and why? Where do artists like Selena, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, and Lady Gaga belong in rock history? What is rock music, and who plays it?

This course considers 20th and 21st century American rock music and culture as a site for ongoing struggles over identity, belonging, and power. Using the framework of “roles,” students will explore how race, class, gender, sexuality, age, and ability have shaped how various groups of people engage with rock music and culture and what insights these engagements provide about “the American experience” over time. While examining rock’s players, students will also consider the roles of different rock media and institutions such as MTV, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and Rolling Stone magazine. Students will analyze music videos, write their own album reviews, and contribute to a weekly class playlist.

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