- B.A., Appalachian State University, 2012
- B.S., Appalachian State University, 2012
- M.A., Baylor University, 2015
- Ph.D., Penn State University, anticipated 2019
Caroline Koons studies the intersections of music and politics through a rhetorical lens. Her current research focuses on the uptake, circulation, and appropriations of popular American songs as they interact with religion, war, race, gender, and labor. For the last few years, the lyrics of the “Battle Hymn of the Republic” have been the particular text through which these elements of music are explored. Her future projects look to the ancient and bodily investments in rhythm, melody, time, and other parts of composition as influential components of musical critique. Her writing on the “Battle Hymn” is published in the Southern Journal of Communication with several other pieces in progress. She currently teaches Effective Speech, CAS100A, and served as Editorial Assistant for Rhetoric & Public Affairs from 2013-2015.
Advisor: Dr. Michele Kennerly