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Maggie C. Cobb

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Maggie C. Cobb

Meet Maggie C. Cobb

Assistant Professor, Sociology

Education: 2016 University of South Florida, Ph.D.
2011 University of Arkansas, M.A.
2008 University of Arkansas, B.A.

Courses Taught: Intro to Sociology
Individual and Society

Career Specialties: Maggie Cobb's areas of expertise include the sociology of culture, specifically music and narrative, social psychology, particularly emotions and identity, and qualitative methods.

Professional and Community Activities: Cobb's published works are consistent with her past and ongoing research interests in culture and social psychology, particularly as they relate to emotion and identity within specific subcultural contexts. Her first article, published in Symbolic Interaction , is a collaborative and comparative project that explores “affective heritage embracement” as a musically infused narrative of nostalgia that creates and reflects a sense of collective identity at two different music festivals. While this article highlights the importance of musical interaction as it relates to emotionality, identity and community, her second article, published in the Journal of Contemporary Ethnography , delves deeper into the generation of heightened emotionality through collaborative musical ritual as cultural performance. Her third article, which has been accepted for publication in Studies in Symbolic Interaction , is a version of chapter five in her dissertation, which chronicles the cultural “work” of narratives in and around the creative songwriting process.

In addition to her dissertation chapters that each represent an article, she has three working papers. Following her interests in narrative identity and culture, the first paper is a collaborative project where they employ a narrative analysis of ongoing, online debates among active military. The second is a single author, methodological article that draws upon interviews with songwriters and songwriting instructors to outline the interrelationships, similarities and social functions that exist between songwriting, qualitative research and autoethnography. The third is a co-authored paper that represents her interests in the empirical applications of her dissertation research. In this article, she is specifically concerned with music’s ability to provide an alternative form of healing and catharsis for veterans with PTSD. This article is one aspect of a much larger project that represents a principle goal for both future research and community service.

Her immediate plans for future research involves implementing an empirical, applied and critical understanding of social problems and social change as they relate to her dissertation research. While scholars have paid little attention to the cultural and emotional functions of songwriting as a creative process, organizations around the country have recognized that it is a process of recovery. The hopes are to co-author a book on this topic following data collection, which began in the summer of 2014. In the more distant future, her goals are to continue a critical take on the interrelationships among culture, artistic forms and emotional experience as they relate to a variety of social issues.

Honors and Awards: 2016 Dissertation Completion Fellowship, University of South Florida
2016 Distinguished Teaching Award, Department of Sociology, University of South Florida
2015 Distinguished Teaching Award, Department of Sociology, University of South Florida
2014 Distinguished Teaching Award, Department of Sociology, University of South Florida
2014 Phi Kappa Phi Love of Learning Award
2014 Ph.D. Student Research Grant, University of South Florida