dene_phoebeI am a musicologist, gender-sexuality and class theorist, and cultural historian. My work has focused on American and British popular and classical music of the twentieth century to the present, including Bernstein and the Copland-Thomson circle, 1970s disco, Morrissey, Radiohead, Springsteen, and postwar country including Dolly Parton, Gretchen Wilson, and David Allan Coe. My writings examine how musical sounds and practices shape and are shaped by shifting practices of gender and sexuality, class, and race. I have written two award-winning books—The Queer Composition of America’s Sound (2004) and Rednecks, Queers, and Country Music (2014)—and many essays and articles. My work and public scholarship have been featured in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, The Nation, Salon, Slate, VICE, Christian Science Monitor, Times Literary Supplement, NPR, Pacifica Radio, BBC, WNYC, Swedish Radio, and other media outlets. I am currently co-editing with Francesca Royster a Journal of Popular Music Studies special issue called Uncharted Country: New Voices and Perspectives in Country Music Studies (2020) and researching and writing a new book, Country Mexicans: Sounding Mexican American Life, Love, and Belonging in Country Music.


photo: Phoebe Gloeckner

Professor of Women’s Studies and Music

Faculty Associate of the Department of American Culture

Director of the Lesbian-Gay-Queer Research Initiative (LGQRI) in Michigan’s Institute for Research on Women and Gender (IRWG)

Writing Country Mexicans: Sounding Mexican American Life, Love, and Belonging in Country Music

Author, Rednecks, Queers, and Country Music and The Queer Composition of America’s Sound

Nadine Hubbs on Academia.edu

Nadine Hubbs @ ORCID iD iconorcid.org/0000-0001-7212-9207

Audio: Cajun songs performed by Nadine Hubbs with The Pittsfield Ramblers

“La Valse de 99 ans”

“Allons danser”


Video: Circles & Sensibilities Lecture-Concert, November 2013 collaboration with classical musicians based on The Queer Composition of America’s Sound.