Amanda Modell

Amanda Modell

Position Title
CST PhD Candidate


Research Interests: Science and Technology Studies, Feminist Theory, American Studies, Sound Studies, Music Studies

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. 
  • Theisen, Cara, Amanda Modell, Yvonne Muñoz and Kem Saichaie. “Peer Teaching Consultants: Agents for Instructional Development and Institutional Change.”
  • In New Directions for Teaching and Learning: Graduate Student Development and Preparation in the 21st Century. Edited by Cara Theisen and Kem Saichaie, San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, Forthcoming.  
  • Review of Anderson, Tim J. Popular Music in a Digital Music Economy: Problems and Practices for an Emerging Service Industry, and Morris, Jeremy Wade. Selling Digital Music, Formatting Culture. In The Journal for the Society of American Music. Forthcoming.


  • "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
  • “Escaping Efficiency: Eugenic Music Studies and their Dissenters during the Interwar Period.” American Studies Association Annual Meeting. Chicago, IL. Nov. 11, 2017.
  • “Australian Musical Ecologies: Whale Dreaming Songs and the Fight for the Great Australian Bight.” Association for Cultural Studies. Sydney, Australia. December 16, 2016.
  • “’I Realize this is Not Helpful at All’: Methodological and Ethical Challenges in an Ethnography of Pandora Internet Radio.” Society for Ethnomusicology, National Meeting. Washington, DC. November 7, 2016.