Postdoctoral Teaching Associate
Dr. Carleton Gholz was raised in Detroit’s northern suburbs before graduating from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. After college, he became a high school history and government teacher on Detroit’s East Side while earning a teaching certificate at Wayne State University. In 2005, he left Detroit for the Department of Communication at the University of Pittsburgh to pursue his Doctorate while teaching classes in media studies and rhetoric. He successfully defended his dissertation, “‘Where the Mix is Perfect’: Voices of the Post-Motown Sound,” in the spring of 2011.Trained broadly in communication and culture, Dr. Gholz’s research focuses on media and identity. How have people imaginatively struggled with technology and meaning in the past and how have those struggles changed over time? To this end, Dr. Gholz published a chapter-length history of Detroit hip hop entitled, “‘Welcome to tha D.”: Making and Remaking Hip Hop in Post-Motown Detroit” in Hip Hop in America: A Regional Guide (2009) and, more recently, an article, “Maintaining ‘Synk’ in Detroit: Two Case Studies in the Remix Aesthetic” was published in the online academic journal Dancecult (2011). He continues to conduct oral history interviews relating to contemporary mediamaking and is presently working on a proposal to transform his dissertation into a book. In addition, Dr. Gholz is a freelance journalist, DJ, and founder of the Detroit Sound Conservancy, an organization dedicated to musical preservation and conservation in the city of Detroit.
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