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Christa Bentley

Music History

Christa Anne Bentley researches the politics of popular music in the United States, taking special interest in the political meaning of music in the private sphere. Her current project takes up this issue through a study of the singer-songwriter movement in Los Angeles during the 1970s. She brings ethnographic methods together with historical-archival research to weave a cultural history of the political impact of such songwriters as Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne, James Taylor, and Carole King on American life during the Nixon Era. This study has led to a published chapter in the Cambridge Companion to the Singer-Songwriter (2016) and will culminate in the monograph, Modern Day Troubadours: Confessional Songwriting as Political Discourse.

Dr. Bentley holds a B.A. from Texas Christian University and earned her masters and doctorate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2016). Before coming to Georgia State, she taught courses at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and at University of North Carolina, Greensboro. At Georgia State, Dr. Bentley teaches the music history sequence and music appreciation.