American Studies
American Studies

Kate Grover

Doctoral Student
Kate Grover



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 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. 


AMS 311S • Rock Music/Representation

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

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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