Dr. Shaun Cullen

Assistant Professor

Dr. Shaun Cullen
(615) 898-5644
Room 342, Peck Hall (PH)
MTSU Box 70, Murfreesboro, TN 37132
Office Hours

TR 2:30-4 or by appointment

Departments/Programs

Degree Information

  • Ph.D., University of Virginia (2013)
  • M.A., University of Chicago (2005)
  • B.F.A., New York University (2002)

Areas of Expertise

Modern and contemporary U.S. literature and popular culture; cultural studies; American studies; film; popular music; critical theory.

Biography

Shaun Cullen is a specialist in modern and contemporary U.S. literature and culture, especially popular music and film. He received a Ph.D. in English from the University of Virginia, M.A. in Humanities from the University of Chicago, and B.F.A. in Cinema Studies from New York University. His research has been published in Journa...

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Shaun Cullen is a specialist in modern and contemporary U.S. literature and culture, especially popular music and film. He received a Ph.D. in English from the University of Virginia, M.A. in Humanities from the University of Chicago, and B.F.A. in Cinema Studies from New York University. His research has been published in Journal of Popular Music Studies and Criticism. He is currently completing a book on the New York City punk scene at the rock club CBGB in the 1970s and is starting a second project on gaming and the culture of risk in the contemporary U.S. He is a proud native of the Philadelphia suburbs, guitar player, and traveler.

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Publications

2016 “White Skin, Black Flag: Hardcore Punk, Racialization, and the Politics of Sound in Southern California,” Criticism , 58:1, 59-85

2016 “The Innocent and the Runaway: Kanye West, Taylor Swift, Racial Melodrama, and the Epistemology of Ignorance,” Journal of Popular Music Studies , 28:1, 33-50

Presentations

Panels Organized


2016 “United States<...>

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Panels Organized


2016 “United States of Intoxication: On Temperance and Excess in the Homeland,”

American Studies Association Annual Meeting, Denver, CO (chair), November 17-20 2014 “On the Pleasures of Speculation: The Cultural Imaginary of American Gambling,”

American Studies Association Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, CA, November 6-9 2011 “Subcultural Crossings: Intersectionality and the Politics of Cultural Identity,”

American Studies Association Annual Meeting, Baltimore, MD, October 20-23 2011 “Good Vibrations and Globalization: LA Pop and the Urban Crisis,” Modern

Language Association Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, CA, January 6-9
2010 “Rock
Music and the Politics of Cultural Belonging,” American Studies Association

Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX, November 18-21

Conference Papers Delivered

2017 “Filling in the Blank Generation: Beat and Punk in an Expanded Frame,” Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present, Oakland, CA, October 26-28

2015 “Rockin’ in the Free World: Cold War Liberalism and the Lyrics of Neil Young,” Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present, Greenville, SC, September 24-27

2014 “What Happens in Vegas, or Time Travel, the Primal Scene of Heteronormativity in Post-9/11 Hollywood Cinema,” American Studies Association Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, CA, November 6-9

2012 “The CBGB Scene and the End of History,” Modern Language Association Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA, January 5-8

2011 “Racialization and Asceticism in Hardcore Punk,” American Studies Association Annual Meeting, Baltimore, MD, October 20-23

2011 “White Skin, Black Flag: SST Records and the Politics of White Ethnicity,” Modern Language Association Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, CA, January 6-9

2010 “The Punk Event: The CBGB Scene and Avant-Garde Aesthetics,” American Studies Association Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX, November 18-21

2010 “William Gibson’s Soundscapes,” Futures of American Studies Institute: States of American Studies, Dartmouth College, Dartmouth, NH, June 21-27

2008-2010 2009

2006-2010

2010 “Decoding the Lattice of Coincidence: Repo Man (1984), Punk Rock, and the Critique of Postmodernity,” Society for Cinema and Media Studies Annual Conference: SCMS at 50/LA: Archiving the Future/Mobilizing the Past, Los Angeles, CA, March 17-21

2009 “On Gangster Citizenship: Young Jeezy’s Recession (2008),” Cultures of Recession, Duke University, Durham, NC, November 20-21

2009 “‘The Sound of a Little Voice and the Touch of a Little Hand:’ Burroughs, Punk, and the Problem of Self-Mediation,” Futures of American Studies Institute: Re-Configurations of American Studies, Dartmouth College, Dartmouth, NH, June 22-26

2009 “American Gangster Time: The Rhetoric of Gangsterism after Bush,” Chesapeake American Studies Association Conference: America after Bush, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, April 2

2008 “Composing for the Films, or, Bruce Springsteen’s Film Theory,” Futures of American Studies Institute: Re-Configurations of American Studies, Dartmouth College, Dartmouth, NH, June 16-21

2006 “‘What Was He Thinking?’ Populism, Paranoia, and the Politics of Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11,” Film and History League Fourth Biennial Conference: Documentary, Dallas, TX, November 8-12

2006 “Envisioning Childhood Sexual Abuse in Gregg Araki’s Mysterious Skin,” Midwest Popular Culture Association Annual Conference, Indianapolis, IN, October 27-29

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