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Caroline Koons

Doctoral Candidate in Communication Arts and Sciences

316 Sparks Building
University Park , PA 16802

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  1. B.A., Appalachian State University, 2012
  2. B.S., Appalachian State University, 2012
  3. M.A., Baylor University, 2015
  4. Ph.D., Penn State University, anticipated Spring/Summer 2022

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. Her dissertation, titled "Composing Civic Harmony" takes a historiographic look at how musical and civic notions of harmony change at particular moments of tension in United States history. 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 and has presented her archival research at the Library of Congress.

Advisor: Dr. Michele Kennerly