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Amanda Marie Martinez

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Email    amamartinez@ucla.edu
Office  amandamariemartinez.com


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Field of Study

United States


20th Century U.S. History; Race and Popular Music; Urban/Suburban History; Political History


My dissertation, "Keepin' It Country: Race and the Popular Music Industry in the Age of the New Right, 1969-1998," traces the connections between race, popular music, and conservatism during the second half of the twentieth century. While most studies on popular culture focus on sites of resistance, my work considers the role the popular music industry has played alongside structural forces to reaffirm power dynamics with regard to class, gender, and especially race and white supremacy. Specifically, my dissertation explores the relationship between race and the marketing practices of the Nashville-based country music industry between the 1970s and 1990s. I am interested in why we continue to think of country music as “white” music (and the role the music industry has played in perpetuating this belief), and seek to challenge this widespread understanding by highlighting the historic and constant presence of Black and Brown country artists and listeners.


  • “Redneck Chic: Race and the Country Music Industry in the 1970s,” Journal of Popular Music Studies: Uncharted Country Special Issue (June 2020)


Eric Avila, Committee Chair

Robin Kelley

Robert Fink

Charles Hughes (Rhodes College)


C. Phil, History, University of California, Los Angeles, 2018

M.A. History, University of California, Los Angeles, 2018

B.A. History, University of California, Berkeley, 2012