Andre Diehl is a first year Ph.D. student in the American Studies and Culture program at WSU. Raised in the post-industrial hamlet of Adams, Massachusetts, Andre left high school and entered the early college program at Bard College at Simon’s Rock where he studied Music. In 2011, he received a B.A. and entered the M.A. program in American Studies at the University of Massachusetts – Boston. At UMass, Andre continued undergraduate research into American folk music and theorized through historic examples of American folk revivalism. Following his graduation from UMass in 2013, Andre labored in a series of service industry and creative positions including documentary fact-checker, barista, copy writer, archivist, and (most recently) grocery store worker.
Andre’s research interests include the audiopolitics of global musical movements, popular culture through “the End of History,” ideological extremism, cultural geography, identity, narrative construction/mythmaking, and mimesis. Andre’s favorite movie is Richard Kelly’s Southland Tales (2006), his favorite show Gilmore Girls (2000-2007), and his favorite album is the Leaders of the New School’s A Future Without a Past… (1991). In his down time, Andre enjoys playing video games, taking long drives, and seeing live music.
“Tell Me I’m a Good Man”: An Open Letter to Tom Hanks Concerning History, Politics, and the Authorship of Narrative. 2021, New England American Studies Association Conference
“Feeling Like a Freak on a Leash”: Commodity Aesthetics and Fukuyama’s “Last Man” as Identity Precursor in Millennial Nü Metal. 2019, New England American Studies Association Conference
Ph.D. Student, Teaching Assistant
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