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 writing her next book, which focuses on the history of college radio. It is under contract with the University of North Carolina Press, working with editor Brandon Proia.
As a historian of the business and politics of culture, 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: a History of College Radio, the product shifts from cotton textiles to albums produced by independent music labels and the market shaped by college radio.
She grew up in New England. She currently lives outside of Boston with her family — which includes three children and two cats (Timony and Tweed).
Tweed is an internet star and a very poor research assistant.
About that middle name.