Amanda Modell

Amanda Modell

Position Title
CST PhD Candidate


Research Interests: Science and Technology Studies, Cultural Studies, American Studies, Feminist Theory, Critical Race Theory, Popular Music, History of Eugenics, Genomics, Radio, African American Literature, Digital Music Distribution

Fellowships, Grants, and Awards:

  • Cultural Studies Summer Funding (2017)
  • Mellon Research Initiative in Social Justice Summer Fellowship (2016)
  • Feminist Research Institute Graduate Summer Research Fellowship (2016)
  • UC Davis Humanities Arts and Cultural Studies Dean’s Fellowship (2016)
  • American Philosophical Society Library Resident Research Fellowship (2016)
  • Cultural Studies Dissertation Quarter Award (2016)
  • Mellon Research Initiative in Social Justice Summer Fellowship (2014)
  • Provost’s Fellowship in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (2012-2013)


  • B.A. American Studies. College of William and Mary, 2005
  • M.A. American Studies. The University of South Florida, 2011


  • "Mapping the Music Genome: Imaginative Geography in the Music Genome Project and the Genographic Project." Media Fields 10, November 2015. 


  • "Policing Pop Culture: Forensic Technologies and Music Recommendation Systems."  Cultural Studies Association Annual Conference.  Philadelphia, PA.  June 3, 2016.
  • "Only God Can Make a Genome": Pandora Internet Radio, God Tricks and 'The Music Itself.'" Society for Ethnomusicology National Meeting.  Austin, TX.  December 8, 2015.  
  • “’Selves Do Bad Things’: A Critique of the ‘Authentic Self’ Discourse in US Yoga.” Berkeley Center for Race and Gender Conference. Berkeley, CA, April 25, 2014.
  • “Unsettling Performance Studies / Performing Critique.” National Association for Ethnic Studies National Conference. Oakland, CA, April 4, 2014.
  • “’Freedom is the Ultimate Goal’: Talib Kweli and Nina Simone’s Fo(u)r Women.” Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference. San Antonio, TX, April 2011