CCS (Critical & Comparative Studies)
Caitlin is a Ph.D. candidate in UVa’s Critical and Comparative Studies program. Her research interests include British popular music, reggae music, music video analysis, and the UK’s music industry. She is especially interested in issues surrounding self-deprecation, gender, sexuality, and race within the scope of popular music study.
Caitlin graduated from Mount St. Mary’s University in 2016 with a B.A. in Music (Piano Performance Concentration) and History. Caitlin’s diverse interests culminated in three capstone theses: an honors thesis about Elizabethan imagery titled Images of a Female-King: Elizabeth I in Print and Portraiture; a musicological thesis titled ‘Inglan is a Bitch’: The Development of the Political Agency of Sexual Language and Themes in Black British Music, 1948-1984; and a lecture recital titled The Taubman Approach in Shaping Piano Technique and Performance: Selections of Character Pieces by Tchaikovsky and Granados. While at the Mount, Caitlin received various recognitions and awards for her research and performances including the Lewis McAllister Prize for overall excellence in music.
In addition to her academic work, Caitlin enjoys playing piano, singing, adding to her Grime Spotify playlist, exploring VA wine country, and travelling around the world. She especially enjoys the music of Beethoven and Lana Del Rey.