Dr. Kristine McCusker

Kristine McCuskerProfessor

CONTACT:
E-mail: Kristine.McCusker at mtsu.edu
Phone: (615) 898-2544
Office Location: Peck Hall Room 271
MTSU Box 23
Murfreesboro, TN 37132

TEACHING FIELDS:
U.S. history, Post-1918 U.S. history, women's history, cultural and social history

COURSES:

  • History 2020 Survey of United States History II
  • History 3020 Topics in American History: The Great Depression
  • History 4070/5070 Modern America, Post-1945
  • History 6230/7230 Seminar: American Women's History

RESEARCH INTERESTS:
The Great Depression and World War II; mass media, especially country music; gender

OUTSIDE INTERESTS/PUBLIC SERVICE:
Partnership with Murfreesboro School Distric and their Even Start Program: As administrator, I schedule MTSU professors and staff to mentor Murfreesboro students who are earning a GED. Since its inception, eight students in the program have matriculated to MTSU.

PUBLICATIONS AND OTHER CREATIVE WORKS:

Co-edited with Diane Pecknold, A Boy Named Sue: Gender and Country Music (University of Mississippi Press, 2004).

"Dear Radio Friend: Listener Mail to the National Barn Dance," American Studies.

"Bury Me Beneath a Willow": Linda Parker and the National Barn Dance, 1932-1935," Southern Folklore.

WORK IN PROGRESS:

"'A Voice Like a Locomotive Whistle and a Heart of Gold': The Women of Barn Dance Radio" (manuscript under consideration at the University of Illinois Press)

"Dave Macon's America: Family Life and Economics during the Great Depression" (manuscript)

"The Nation's Number One Economic Problem? Murfreesboro on the Eve of the Great Depression"

Academic advisor for the documentary film "The Hayloft Gang"

EDUCATION:

B.A. University of Massachusetts-Amherst 1987
M.A. University of Kansas 1994
Ph.D. Indiana University 2000