Jason Kirby

Program: CCS (Critical & Comparative Studies)

Term Graduated: Summer 2016

Dissertation: "Antimodernism and Genre from Country-Rock to Alt.Country, 1968-98."

Bio Information:

Jason Kirby is a Ph.D. graduate of the Critical & Comparative program at UVA. His research interests include genre in popular music, American "roots" music, sound and music in cinema, and the relationship of popular music to regional identity. He is working on a dissertation examining the relationship between identity politics and anti-modernism in the "alternative country" genre as it developed, from the late 1960s to the present. Jason has presented his work at national and international conferences, including IASPM International, the EMP Pop Conference, and the American Studies Association annual meeting. He earned a master's degree (2006) in American Culture Studies from Bowling Green State University in Ohio, and bachelor's degrees (2002) in sociology and literature from the University of California, Santa Cruz.


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