John Bernau

Degree
B.A. in Sociology & Philosophy, University of Iowa, 2013
General Research Areas
Culture, Religion, Death and Dying, Social Interaction, Music
Current Research
My current research focuses on death and dying; particularly in the modern medical system. I have conducted interviews with hospital/hospice chaplains and staff with hopes of better understanding the cultural resources employed to make sense of death and suffering.I am also working on a project analyzing country music lyrics using an original dataset of 40k songs spanning the last 40 years. This data can be used to track lyrical trends and cultural signifiers as they fluctuate over time.
  • Dissertation Title: Talk of Death: American Discourse in Three Spheres