I am currently in the third year of my PhD working on a thesis entitled, '"A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You": American and British Cross-Cultural Influence and Exchange During the British Invasion.'
I am interested in ideas of networks of cultural exchange, especially within music. I am exploring this idea of national identity, and what it meant to be 'American' or 'British' within in a musical context. At the same time, I am tracing how these musicians influenced each other and society around them. The arrival of the Beatles into America in 1964 launched a 'British Invasion' in American music. Suddenly American musicians wanted to be British and British artists wanted to come to America.
My research looks into what music can tell us about society and the interplay of cultures across the Atlantic.