Program Details

Popular Music and American Politics

Kristin Shockley
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Course Description

This lecture will explore the interplay between popular music and American politics. We will take a chronological approach looking at how popular music interacts with the American government, politics, and society within given historical contexts, exploring both what the music reveals about the dominant values, identities, norms, politics, and experiences of that era and for what the music does. Music can serve an agentic role in American politics and society, serving as a source of information, engagement, and participation. As a form of political communication, music mobilizes and recruits people and creates a sense of identity or community.

About the Instructor

  • Kristin Shockley, M.A. is a senior instructor in the FAU department of political science since 2007. With a background in both history and political science, she teaches a broad array of courses in the sub-fields of American government and politics, comparative politics, and international relations. Her research examines the intersections of religion and politics and politics and popular culture.