American Studies
American Studies

Kate Grover


Doctoral Student
Kate Grover

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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.

Biography


Kate Grover is a doctoral student from Phoenix, Arizona. Her research and writing centers on gender and popular music with a focus on moments of feminist resistance in 20th and 21st century rock culture.  

Kate received her MA in American Studies from the University of Texas in 2018. For her Master's project on the Chicago Women's Liberation Rock Band (CWLRB), a feminist collective that performed nationwide between 1970 and 1973, Kate conducted archival research at the Chicago History Museum and oral history interviews with former band members. Kate presented her Master's research at the 2018 Pop Conference in Seattle and will also present on "The Chicago Women's Liberation Rock Band and Emergences of Rock and Roll Feminism" at the upcoming American Studies Association meeting in Atlanta. 

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 organized 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 tutors UT student athletes in American Studies, U.S. History, American Literature and writing. Over the past two summers, Kate has served as a Program Assistant for the UT International Office, facilitating customized and intercultural programs such as the UT Austin Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program for Iraq. Kate also volunteers as a camp counselor and "Women Who Rock" workshop leader with Girls Rock Austin, a nonprofit empowering women and girls through music, education, and performance. 

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