Faculty Profile for Dr. Katie Kapurch
Biography and EducationKatie Kapurch, Ph.D. Katie Kapurch is Associate Professor of English at Texas State University. As a scholar of pop culture, she has written widely about Disney and the Beatles. She is currently working on two books, one about the Disneyfication of pop musicians and the other about the mermaid as pop icon. Katie also serves as co-editor of the journal AMP: American Music Perspectives.
Research InterestsKatie's scholarship focuses on icons and the iconic, especially popular phenomena at the intersections of literature, music, and film. Her first monograph is about melodrama in girl culture and uses Twilight and Jane Eyre as touchstones.
To be published in 2023, her next co-authored monography, Blackbird: How Black Musicians Sang the Beatles into Being-- and Sang Back to Them Ever After is supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
In addition to many chapters and articles, Katie has also published two edited collections about the Beatles, and her current projects focus on Disney, pop music, and mermaids.
Selected Scholarly/Creative Work
- Kapurch, K., Mills, R., & Heyman, M. (Eds.). (2023). The Beatles and Humour: Mockers, Funny Papers, and Other Play. Bloomsbury Press.
- Kapurch, K., & Everett, W. (2023). Come Together: Feeling the Distemper of Murk and Elation with the Beatles (1969) and with Sheila E. and Ringo Starr (2017 and 2020). In W. Moylan, L. Burns, & M. Alleyne (Eds.), Analyzing Recorded Music: Collected Perspectives on Popular Music Tracks. Routledge.
- Kapurch, K., & Smith, J. M. (2023). Blackbird: How Black Musicians Sang the Beatles into Being-- and Sang Back to Them Ever After. Penn State University Press.
- Kapurch, K. (2023, September 12). Why ‘Barbie’ and ‘The Little Mermaid’ made 2023 the dead girl summer. The Conversation. Retrieved from https://theconversation.com/why-barbie-and-the-little-mermaid-made-2023-the-dead-girl-summer-210436
- Kapurch, K. M. (2022). Unvaulting “Disney Plus Pop” in 2021: Romance, Melodrama, and Remembering in Taylor Swift’s All Too Well, McCartney’s Lyrics, and The Beatles: Get Back. AMP: American Music Perspectives, 1(2), 159–172. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.5325/ampamermusipers.1.2.0159
- Award / Honor Nominee: Gustave O. Arlt Award, Council of Graduate Schools. January 31, 2018 - December 2018
- Award / Honor Nominee: Presidential Excellence Award: Scholarly, College of Liberal Arts, Texas State University. February 1, 2018 - July 2018
- Award / Honor Nominee: Presidential Excellence Award: Scholarly, Department of English, Texas State University. November 1, 2017 - February 2018
- Award / Honor Recipient: College of Liberal Arts Achievement Award for Scholarly Excellence, College of Liberal Arts, Texas State University. August 2016
- Award / Honor Nominee: Presidential Excellence Award: Scholarly, Department of English, Texas State University. November 1, 2015
- Kapurch, Katie (Principal). Awards for Faculty at Hispanic-Serving Institutions, National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), Federal, $60000. (Submitted: April 2018, Funded: January 2020 - December 2020). Grant.
- Kapurch, Katie. Research Enhancement Program, Texas State University, $8000. (Submitted: October 2020, Funded: January 2021 - May 2022). Grant.
- Kapurch, Katie (Principal). Research Enhancement Program, Texas State University. (Submitted: October 2016, Funded: January 2017 - September 2017). Grant.
Selected Service Activities
Senior Lecturer Annual Review Committee
Editorial Review Board Member
AMP: American Music Perspectives
Faculty Recognition Day
Therese Kayser Lindsey Literary Series Committee