Suzanne Thorpe

Mellon Teaching Fellow

Suzanne Thorpe is a Mellon Teaching Fellow in the Department of Music at Columbia University. Her research is broadly concerned with contemporary sound studies, with particular attention to sound art, electronic music and listening. Through an interdisciplinary method that combines creative practice with feminist and ecological theory, she creates and studies frameworks that emphasize feminist principles of inclusion, relational knowledge and coalition building. Thorpe holds an MFA in Electronic Music & Media from Mills College, and a Ph.D. in Integrative Studies from the University of California, San Diego. She is also a Deep Listening instructor, having studied in depth with American composer and Deep Listening founder Pauline Oliveros. 

Thorpe has published her research in edited volumes and journals, and presented her work internationally, including academic conferences and lectures, visiting scholar and artistic residencies, museum, gallery exhibitions, and music venue performances (she also has a lengthy discography and gold record to her credit ... but that's another story for another day). She has been the recipient of the Frog Peak Collective Award for innovative research in technology, as well as grants from Harvestworks Digital Media Foundation, New Music USA, and the MAP Fund. Thorpe is also co-founder of TECHNE, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting young women in their ability to dismantle gender barriers in creative technology fields.