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Children’s Music and the Politicized Child [Research Assistantship]

Department: American Studies
Professor Gayle Wald

Project Description: I am beginning a project about children‘s music in the United States. I am interested in particular in music that addresses children as political subjects. Artists and/or albums that interest me include: Ella Jenkins (a black women who pioneered children‘s music and who is on the Smithsonian Folkways label); Johnny Cash (“The Johnny Cash Children‘s Album,” 1975); They Might Be Giants (“Here Comes Science,” 2009), “Free to Be You and Me” (feminist album from Ms. Foundation in 1972), and others.

Duties: I need help assembling a bibliography of what has been written on the subject; I also want someone who can help me assemble a list of potential albums and artists.

Time Commitment/Credits: 4-6 hours per week (average); 2 credit hours

To Apply: Submit Cover Letter/Resume to gwald@gwu.edu