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Amanda Petrusich

Clinical Assistant Professor
411 Laf, Room 375

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Office Hours
Tuesday 2-4, 2-4
Thursday 2-4, 2-4

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 is the recipient of a 2015 MacDowell Fellowship and has been named a New York Foundation for the Arts 2015 Fellow in Nonfiction Literature.

Amanda Petrusich


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 named a 2014 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow in Nonfiction.

Professor Petrusich published “Hunting for the Source of the World’s Most Beguiling Folk Music,” a travel narrative about ancient Greek folk festivals, in the New York Times Magazine’s “Voyages” issue in September 2014.

Professor Petrusich’s book, Do Not Sell at Any Price: The Wild, Obsessive Hunt for the World’s Rarest 78rpm Records, was published by Scribner in 2014.


2016 Spring

First-Year Research Seminar: Road Trips

Pop Culture Criticism

2015 Spring

Pop Culture Criticism

2015 Fall

Writing About Popular Music

First-Year Writing Seminar: Musical Subcultures