Phoebe Hughes is a PhD student and graduate teaching associate in musicology at Ohio State. Her research interests include gender, sexuality, identity and genre in country and other popular musics. She has specific interest in the relationship of music to current politics and society in the United States. Her work has been presented at the International Association of Popular Music Studies–U.S. Branch, the International Country Music Conference, and the Allegheny Chapter Meeting of the American Musicological Society. Ms. Hughes also holds degrees in music and history from Northern Arizona University, and the MA in musicology from West Virginia University.