Audrey Amsellem

Core Lecturer, Music Humanities

Audrey Amsellem is a PhD candidate in Ethnomusicology at Columbia University. Originally from Paris, France, she began her undergraduate studies at community college before transferring to Columbia University to pursue a B.A in Music. She graduated cum laude and received Departmental Honors for her thesis “Songs of Dreams of Mankind” advised by Professor Fox in 2015, and received her M.A in 2017 with her thesis "Noise of Silent Machines: A Case Study of LinkNYC,” advised by Professor Ciucci and Professor Washburne. 

Amsellem’s research interests lie at the intersection of music, law and science and technology studies. Her dissertation, titled “Sound and Surveillance: The Making of the Neoliberal Ear,” investigates non-creative recording practices in the neoliberal age. Amsellem’s work is published in interdisciplinary journals such as Surveillance & Society and Law Text Culture. She presented her work at numerous conferences including at the Society for Ethnomusicology. She is the recipient of the Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement in Science and Technology Studies National Science Foundation Grant, and is a current member of the Open Voice Network at the Linux Foundation. 

Amsellem regularly teaches the core class Masterpieces of Western Music and has taught a Teaching Scholar course she designed titled “Music, Sound and the Law.” She is the co-founder of the Organization of Music Graduate Students, which she led for two years, as well as the Music Humanities Working Group.