Katherine Rye Jewell is currently Associate Professor of History at Fitchburg State University, where she teaches modern U.S. history. She is a historian of the business and politics of culture in the twentieth-century United States. Her book, Dollars for Dixie: Business and the Transformation of Conservatism in the Twentieth Century (Cambridge Studies on the American South) is now available.
She is currently researching her next book, which focuses on the history of college radio.
She is broadly interested in how groups outside of traditional politics nevertheless interact with and reshape policy, regulation, and political discourse.
These groups not only added new dimensions to political conversations, they were also instrumental in shaping markets and the meaning of the consumption that took place within them. In the next project, tentatively titled Live from the Underground: College Radio and the Culture Wars, the product shifts from cotton textiles to albums produced by independent music labels and the market shaped by college radio.
About that middle name.
Contact her by email at kjewell1 @ fitchburgstate . edu.