Kaitlin Graves

PhD Student

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Kaitlin Graves (rhetorical studies, cultural studies and psychoanalysis) studies the relationship between popular music, especially rock and roll music, and cultural politics. She is particularly interested in the affective dimensions of rock including both the sensations and experience of being in live music settings as well as the psychic economies of public desire and ideology. She received her MA in Communication Studies from Florida Atlantic University. Her MA thesis, "No Surrender: Bruce Springsteen, Neoliberalism and Rock and Roll's Melancholic Fantasy of Sovereign Rebellion" examined ways that calls to revive rock, or to live a rock (star) life, reinforce disturbing aspects of freedom restricting neoliberal mindsets. As an MA student Kaitlin presented her work at a number of venues including the Southern States Speech Convention, the Rhetoric Society of America Convention and the National Communication Association Convention.


M.A. Communication Studies, Florida Atlantic University
B.A. Communication Studies, Florida Atlantic University