Dr. Kristine McCusker
- Ph.D., Indiana University (2000)
- M.A., University of Kansas (1994)
- B.A., University of Massachusetts-Amherst (1987)
Areas of Expertise
Death Rituals and Culture
Ethnomusicology (especially Country Music)
Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Dr. McCusker earned a Ph.D. in History, Folklore and Ethnomusicology from Indiana University in 2000. She has published two books, Lonesome Cowgirls and Honky-Tonk Angels: The Women of Barn Dance Radio (Illinois, 2008) and, co-edited with Diane Pecknold, A Boy Named Sue: Gender and Country Music (Mississippi, 2004). She is currently working on a National Institutes of Health/National Library of Medicine-funded book, Just Enough to Put Him Away Decen...Read More »
"Patsy Cline and Narratives of Invisibility in the 1950s,"in Warren Hofstra, ed., Sweet Dreams: The Life and Times of Patsy Cline (Urbana: University of Illinois Press,
"At "Sunrise Tomorrow," I'll be "Safe in the Arms of Jesus" by "The Old Rugged Cross": Funeral Music and the Transformation of Southern Culture, 1935-1945," American Music (forthcoming).
With Laurie Witherow, "Bereavement and College Campuses: Establishing an Effective Ritual for the Classroom and Beyond," About Campus 17:1 (March-April, 2012),12-17.
National Institutes of Health/National Library of Medicine, $122,000
John Hope Franklin Fellow, John Hope Franklin Research Center, Duke University, Summer, 2009, $600
Andrew W. Mellon Fellow, Virginia Historical Society, Summer, 2009, $500;
Works in Progress
Just Enough to Put Him Away Decent (Under option, University Illinois Press);
With Diane Pecknold, A Boy Named Sue, Too: New Essays in Gender and Country Music (under consideration by the University of Mississippi Press).
"As They Lay Dying: Funeral Ledgers and the Emergence of a Modern South, 1917-1950."
Undergraduate Courses Taught
History 2020, Survey U.S. History II
History 3020, Topics in American History: The Great Depression
History 4070, Modern America Post-1945
Graduate Courses Taught
History 5070, Modern America Post-1945
History 6230/7230, Seminar: American Women's History