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Tanya Pearson

 

Ph.D. Student

Fields: 20th century U.S. History, Gender and Sexuality, Latin American History

Education: B.A., American Studies, Smith College (2016)

Interests: Oral history, archives, rock history, 20th century U.S.

I curate the Women of Rock Oral History Project, a collection of digital interviews and written transcripts, housed at the Sophia Smith Collection at Smith College www.womenofrock.org. I am interested in rock music and popular culture, and how political and cultural trends affect women-identified rock musicians and their access to audience. I am more generally interested in popular culture as a whole, and the cyclical trend of “women in rock” in mainstream music media. I am currently investigating the removal of nonconformist women from mainstream rock radio after the World Trade Center attack on September 11th.