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Jennifer Lynn Stoever received her PhD in American Studies and Ethnicity from USC. Her dissertation, “The Contours of the Sonic Color-Line: Slavery, Segregation, and the Cultural Politics of Listening” was a 2007 finalist for the American Studies Association Dissertation Prize. She serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Popular Music Studies,Sound Studies, and Social Text. She has published in Social Text, Social Identities, Sound EffectsAmerican Quarterly and Radical History Review among others; most recently her article “Fine-Tuning the Sonic Color-line: Radio and the Acousmatic Du Bois was published in Modernist Cultures and is the featured online article of the issue.   During 2011-2012, she was a fellow at The Society for the Humanities at Cornell University, participating in the research group on Sound: Culture, Theory, Politics.

Currently Associate Professor at SUNY Binghamton, Jennifer teaches courses on African American literature, sound studies, and race and gender representation in popular music.  She also is the project coordinator for the Binghamton Historical Soundwalk Project, a multi-year archival, civically-engaged art project designed to challenge how Binghamton students and year-round residents hear their town, themselves, and each other.   She is also Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief for Sounding Out!: The Sound Studies Blog and her book The Sonic Color Line: Race and the Cultural Politics of Listening was published by New York University Press in 2016.

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To cite:  Jennifer Stoever, “Splicing the Sonic Color-Line: Tony Schwartz Remixes Postwar Nueva York,” Social Text (Spring 2010): 59-85.

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  1. Mike Leigh

    I heard an interview with you on some public-radio program (sorry: I don’t remember which one), and was “shaken” a bit by your insights on sonic bias and racism. Wishing to know more, I borrowed a copy of your book, “The Sonic Color Line”, from my local library, but was daunted by the density of the writing and the amount of field-specific jargon. (I don’t know what I expected–it’s your Ph.D. dissertation, after all!)
    Anyway, I think your insights are very valuable and need to be made available to a much wider audience. So I want to encourage you (or someone) to present your insights in a format for a more general audience. If such a publication already exists, I would welcome your recommendation.
    Thank you for making me think.


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