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Jocelyn Neal, Ph.D.
Jocelyn Neal, assistant professor of music, has turned her love of country music into a research specialty. Along with teaching courses in theory and analysis of art music, she has created a popular course on the history of country music, which several hundred students take each year.
She has written on early twentieth-century country musicians, including Jimmie Rodgers and Ernest Stoneman, as well as more contemporary developments in the music, its culture, and its social implications. Professor Neal has tapped into the rich, live-music traditions of North Carolina’s bluegrass festivals, alternative country bands, and honky tonk clubs, using them as an expanded classroom to explore southern culture, community identity, and the act of creating and performing music.
· The Early Days of Country Music
· From Bonnets to Cowboy Hats and Back: Feminist Portraits in Country Music
· Country Dancing and Community Identity: A Window into American Culture