Erin R. McCoy

Assistant Professor of English and Liberal Studies


Ph.D., University of Louisville, Humanities, 2013
Graduate Certificate, University of Louisville, Latin American & Latino Studies, 2011
M.A., Clemson University, English, 2007
B.A., Wingate University, English, 2004

The global “go green” movement, the War on Drugs in the U.S. and Latin America, and the U.S.’s foreign relationships are all topics that make their way into Dr. McCoy’s classroom. She has published various articles studying the cultural importance of music lyrics in Vietnam War-era America, including “'National Advisory: Explicit Lyrics:' Considering Censorship of Anti-Vietnam War Era Songs” (Music and Lyrics, Cambridge Scholars Press, 2013) and “Star-Spangled Lyrics: The Cultural and Historical Importance of Analyzing Popular American War Songs” (The International Journal of Communication & Linguistic Studies, 10.4). She’s currently working on a book proposal for a monograph series, A Cultural Historiography of the Vietnam War, as well as articles on the representation of the Vietnam War in Michael Herr’s Dispatches, la pollera of Panamá, and Mexican/Mexican-American narcorridos .

Alongside her work with the Vietnam War, Dr. McCoy’s broader interests in cultural studies include intercultural explorations of Latin America. Her research in Peru produced the article “Disputed Worlds: Performances of Heritage in Cusco’s Tourism Economy.” (Rupkatha Online Interdisciplinary Studies of Humanities Journal, 2012). Her next conference presentation, “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” (But There Will Be a Soundtrack): Exploring 20th and 21 st Century Revolt through Popular Music” argues that social protest – and protest music – was stronger during the Vietnam War era than in contemporary American culture (’s 1st Global Conference, Revolt & Revolution. Athens, Greece. November 2013). She is an active member of the Humanities Education & Research Association.