Newswise — John Dougan, an associate professor in the Department of Recording Industry at MTSU, teaches on the history of country music and the recording industry in the College of Media and Entertainment. He received his BA in English from Westfield State College in Massachusetts, and an MA and Ph.D. in American Studies from the College of William & Mary with concentrations in 20th-century American music, African-American studies, and cultural studies. His research focuses on popular music and music making and its relationship with media such as journalism, television and film, the political, economic, and social contexts within which popular music is created and consumed, and the material culture of popular music (e.g., record collecting). Prior to coming to MTSU he spent 15 years as a freelance music critic contributing essays and reviews on music and popular culture to numerous magazines and newspapers including Rolling Stone and Spin. More recently he has published dozens of artist biographies and discographies for the All Music Guide series of books and website (, and has published essays and reviews in American Music, Journal of Popular Music Studies, Appalachian Journal, Journal of Southern History, the Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, and online publications and Perfect Sound Forever. His first book The Who Sell Out was published by Continuum in 2006. He is currently completing his second book, The Mistakes of Yesterday, The Hopes of Tomorrow: Prison, Pop Music, and the Prisonaires, which will be published by the University of Massachusetts Press. Dr. Dougan is a member of the American Studies Association and the International Association for the Study of Popular Music, and is Executive Director of the Kentucky-Tennessee Chapter of the American Studies Association. He also serves on the editorial board of “Tracking Pop,” a popular music studies book series published by the University of Michigan Press.