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Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music Studies

Department of Appalachian Studies

Ron Roach

Ron   Roach 

Chair and Professor, Department of Appalachian Studies
Director, Center for Appalachian Studies and Services
423-439-7494 /
222 Nicks Hall





Ron Roach is Director of the Center for Appalachian Studies and Services, and Chair/Professor of the Department of Appalachian Studies. A native of North Carolina, he is from a family with deep roots in the mountains and music of Virginia and North Carolina. Prior to joining the ETSU faculty in 2013, Ron served twelve years at Young Harris College in the north Georgia mountains, where he was Professor of Communication Studies and Vice President for Academic Affairs. In September 2013, he was one of several scholars who represented the Appalachian region at the inaugural Carpathian-Appalachian International Conference on Human and Community Development in Highland Regions, held in Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine. Ron studies the rhetoric of Appalachia as manifested through literature, music, and speech and has recently written articles about early bluegrass festivals and the work of Appalachian writer Alexander Key.

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