Court Carney

Court Carney, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Louisiana State University
African American History, American Cultural History


Telephone: 936.468.2039
Office: 358 Vera Dugas Liberal Arts North


Court Carney (Ph.D. Louisiana State University, 2003) is Associate Professor of History at SFASU. He first joined the faculty in 2008 and since then has taught undergraduate and graduate courses on African American History and modern American cultural history as well as the U.S. History survey courses. Some of Carney’s course offerings include “Making Race”, “The Civil Rights Movement”, “Civil War Memory”, “American Popular Culture”, and “Jazz and American Culture.” He is interested in directing Masters theses on African American history, American popular culture, and public memory.



Carney’s scholarship synthesizes race, ethnomusicology, southern history, and cultural studies to create intersectional studies of black contributions to music and American culture. He has published several articles and essays, one monograph, and is currently working on two new book-length studies. Carney’s first book, Cuttin’ Up: How Early Jazz Got America’s Ear (University Press of Kansas, 2009), traces the origins, diffusion, and cultural impact of jazz music in the 1920s. Other publications include articles and book chapters on Bob Dylan, Lucinda Williams, and Wilco. Carney is researching and writing a book on the massacre of black soldiers at Fort Pillow in 1864 as well as a book on the contested public memory of Nathan Bedford Forrest—the slave trader, Confederate general, and early member of the Ku Klux Klan.