Caitlin Carlos

Visiting Assistant Professor of Music History​
School of Music

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BM – Chapman University
MM – University of Redlands
MA in historical musicology – University of Southern California
Ph.D. (expected 2020) – University of California, Los Angeles


Caitlin Vaughn Carlos studies the role of nostalgia and cultural memory in music. Her research is focused on the ways in which invocations of the past can create layers of meaning for later generations and what those meanings can reveal about particular historical moments. She is currently exploring these questions in rock music of the late sixties and early seventies. Her dissertation “Rock and Roll Fantasy: Dreaming of the Past in Early Seventies Rock” explores nostalgia and fantasy spaces as avenues for social critique and expressions of contemporary values.

Professor Carlos has taught undergraduate courses at Chapman University and UCLA. She has led a range of topics in Western Art Music, popular music, and music industry. She has also worked in one-on-one settings for independent study courses and as an adviser for undergraduate honors theses. Professor Carlos is devoted to creating inclusive and accessible learning experiences, while challenging her students to engage in critical reasoning and listening.

Courses Taught at Redlands

Mus 234 – Musical Cultures
Mus 300 – Music History and Literature from Antiquity to 1750 
Mus 600 – Graduate Studies Musicology


"Historical Nostalgia, Nature and the Future in Three Iconic Albums from 1971: Aqualung, Who’s Next and Led Zeppelin IV” Postmodernity’s Musical Pasts. Ed. Tina Frühauf (Suffolk: Boydell and Brewer, 2020).

“’Ramble On’: Tolkien, Urban Criticism and Romantic protest in Led Zeppelin” The Oxford Handbook of Music and Medievalism. Eds. Kristen Yri, Stephen Meyer (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2020)

“I Must Remember, Even If Takes a Million Years”: Nostalgic Futurism in Pete Townshend’s Lifehouse Project.” Lied und populäre Kultur / Song and Popular Culture: Musik in der Science-Fiction / Music in Science Fiction 64 (2019).

Awards & Competitive Fellowships

2019 - Dissertation Year Fellowship - UCLA
2019 - Dean’s Medal – UCLA Herb Albert School of Music
2018 - Ciro Zoppo Graduate Student Award, UCLA
2015, 2018 - Pauley Fellowship UCLA
2015, 2018 - Mellon Fellowship of Distinction UCLA
2016 - Graduate Research Mentorship UCLA