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Christine Kelly

Christine Kelly


Advisor: Kirsten Swinth

MA, History, George Washington University, 2013
BA, History, Messiah College, 2011

Research Interests:
Christine's interests include the social movement activity and cultural production of the American left in the early to mid-twentieth century. She is especially interested in the contributions of the American folk music revival to progressive activism in the labor, civil rights, and peace movements. Her dissertation will explore the role of women and gender in American folk music from the 1950s through the 1970s, exploring how women folk artists produced and negotiated gendered artistic and political images in their performance careers.

Awards and Fellowships:

  • Loomie Prize for seminar paper entitled, “Gender, the Popular Front, and the Folksong Revival through Sing Out! Magazine, 1950 – 1968,” Fordham University Dept. of History, December 2015
  • Grant to attend the Futures of American Studies Institute at Dartmouth College, Fordham University Department of American Studies, Summer 2015
  • Fordham GSAS Fellowship to participate in the Cornell School of Criticism and Theory (SCT), Summer 2014
  • Elmer Louis Kayser Prize for Master's thesis entitled, “‘Wasn’t That a Time:’ Pete Seeger and Folk Song Activism in the Cold War Era, 1948 – 1972," The George Washington University Dept. of History, May 2013


Review of Racial Imperatives: Discipline, Performativity, and Struggles against Subjection, by Nadine Ehlers (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2012). New York History. The New York State Historical Association, Winter 2015.

Review of A Dancer in the Revolution: Stretch Johnson, Harlem Communist at the Cotton Club, by Howard Eugene Johnson with Wendy Johnson (New York: Fordham University Press, 2014). Working USA: The Journal of Labor and Society. Immanuel Ness and Wiley Periodicals, Inc., March 2015.

Encyclopaedia Entry on “Ground Zero (New York, New York)." Encyclopaedia of American Historic Sites and Landmarks. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, September 2016.

Encyclopaedia Entry on “Washington, D.C.” Sage Encyclopaedia of World Poverty, by Mehmet Odekon and J. Geoffrey Golson, 2nd ed., Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, 2015.  Co-authored with Dr. Steven Stoll.

“‘A Link in a Chain:’ An Audiotopic Analysis of Pete Seeger, 1955 – 1962,” Fisher Digital Publications, Spring 2013.

Conference Presentations:

The Futures of American Studies Institute
Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, June 2015
“Gender, the Popular Front, and the Folksong Revival through Sing Out! Magazine, 1950 – 1968"

The Northeast Regional Popular / American Culture Association (NEPCA)
Providence College, Providence, RI, October 2014
“Gendering the Folk Music Revival through Sing Out! Magazine, 1950-1968"

The 2014 Left Forum
John Jay College of Criminal Justice, The City University of New York, New York, New York, May 2014
“Music from the ‘Struggles of the People:’ The IWO and the Folksong Movement, 1930 – 1954"

First Annual Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference: “Investigating Inequalities”
Fordham University, Bronx, NY, April 2014
“Hailing the ‘People’s Century:’ The IWO and the Making of the Popular Front, 1930 – 1954"

The Northeast Regional Popular/American Culture Association (NEPCA)
St. Michael’s College, Colchester, VT, October 2013
“Girls Say ‘Yes’ to Boys Who Say ‘No:’ Joan Baez and the Anti-War Movement, 1964 – 1968"

The Northeast Regional Popular/American Culture Association (NEPCA)
St. John Fisher College, Rochester, NY, October 2012
“‘A Link in a Chain:’ An Audiotopic Analysis of Pete Seeger, 1955 – 1962"