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
Department of History
Middle Tennessee State University
1301 E. Main Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37132
Peck Hall 223
All Other Inquiries
Oral History Association
The executive offices of the Oral History Association have opened at MTSU and will be here for the next five years.
The office will be co-directed by Albert Gore Research Center Director Louis Kyriakoudes and History Professor Kristine McCusker.
The Offices are located in Peck Hall, Room 217.