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Amanda Petrusich

Clinical Assistant Professor
petrusich@gmail.com
411 Laf, Room 375

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Amanda Petrusich teaches courses in writing about pop music and pop culture criticism. She is the author of three books about music: "It Still Moves: Lost Songs, Lost Highways, and the Search for the Next American Music" (Faber and Faber; 2008), "Pink Moon" (Continuum; 2007), and, most recently, "Do Not Sell At Any Price: The Wild, Obsessive Hunt for the World's Rarest 78rpm Records (Scribner; 2014), which was named one of the best books of 2014 by Slate, NPR, and BuzzFeed. Her arts and culture writing has appeared in the New York Times, the New York Times Magazine, the Atlantic, Pitchfork, Spin, and elsewhere, and she is a contributing editor at the Oxford American magazine. She was awarded a 2016 fellowship in nonfiction from the John Simon Memorial Foundation in support of her work on a collection of essays that are based loosely on the idea of epiphany. She was a 2015 MacDowell Fellowship and has been named a New York Foundation for the Arts 2015 Fellow in Nonfiction Literature.

Teaching and Research Interests

music and culture writing; criticism, creative nonfiction; travelogue; the personal essay; subcultures

Amanda Petrusich

Education

B.A. English & Film Studies, The College of William and Mary, 2000
M.F.A. Nonfiction, Columbia University, 2003

Recent News

Professor Amanda Petrusich was awarded a 2016 fellowship in nonfiction from the John Simon Memorial Foundation in support of her work on a collection of essays that are based loosely on the idea of epiphany.

Professor Petrusich was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in Brooklyn Culture by Brooklyn Magazine.

She wrote about D’Angelo for the 2016 New York Times Magazine feature “25 Songs That Tell Us Where Music is Going.”

She has been named a series editor, alongside Kevin Dettmar, Gayle Wald, and Daphne Brooks, of Bloomsbury's 33 1/3 Series, a collection of short books on seminal albums.

She will speak at the Knoxville Stomp Festival of Lost Music, which will be held in Knoxville, Tennessee, in May 2016.

Courses

2016 Spring

Pop Culture Criticism

First-Year Research Seminar: Road Trips

2016 Fall

Writing About Popular Music

First-Year Writing Seminar: Musical Subcultures

2015 Spring

Pop Culture Criticism