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Olivia Mather

Music History
College of Performing Arts; Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music
Office Location: Bertea Hall 207A


Olivia Carter Mather is a scholar of American popular music specializing in rock, country, and folk. Her work examines stylistic hybridity, regional identity, and race. Her most recent project investigated race in country music scholarship ("Race and Country Music," The Oxford Handbook of Country Music). Other publications include an article on the Eagles and American regionalism (for American Music), a book chapter on vocality and Gram Parsons (in Old Roots, New Routes: The Cultural Politics of Alt.Country Music), and an interview with U2 producer Daniel Lanois (in Echo: A Music-Centered Journal, http://www.echo.ucla.edu/Volume6-issue1/lanois/lanois1.html). At Chapman, Dr. Mather teaches MUS 203 Global Pop Music, MUS 201D Country Music, and MUS 201G Music of the 80s.