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Emily Thompson

Emily Thompson is a Professor of History at Princeton University who studies late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century America. Her research explores the cultural history of sound, music, noise, and listening, and focuses on how these phenomena and activities intersect with technologies like the phonograph, motion pictures, and architecture. Her book, The Soundscape of Modernity: Architectural Acoustics and the Culture of Listening in America, 1900-1933 (The MIT Press, 2002) received numerous awards, and in 2005 she was named a MacArthur Fellow. Her current project, Sound Effects, considers the transition from silent to sound motion pictures in the American film industry, 1925-1933, examining the working lives of sound engineers, editors, musicians, projectionists, and other technicians associated with the production and exhibition of films. She is also currently developing a website, “The Roaring ‘Twenties,” in collaboration with the USC-sponsored online journal HYPERLINK “http://www.vectorsjournal.org/”Vectors. This site will explore how the interactive multimedia capabilities of the web can be used to construct a historical representation of noise in New York City in the late 1920s.