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Amanda Petrusich

Clinical Assistant Professor
(212) 992-9823
411 Laf, Room 306

Office Hours
Tuesday 2-6

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

Amanda Petrusich is the author of several books about music, including Do Not Sell at Any Price: The Wild, Obsessive Hunt for the World’s Rarest 78rpm Records, which was named one of the best books of 2014 by NPR, Slate, and BuzzFeed. Petrusich is a staff writer at The New Yorker, and the recipient of a 2016 Guggenheim Fellowship in nonfiction. Her work has also appeared in The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, The Oxford American, Pitchfork, GQ, Esquire, Playboy, The Nation, The Atlantic, and elsewhere. She is a commissioning editor for Bloomsbury’s 33 1/3 series, a 2015 MacDowell fellow, and a 2014 New York State Foundation for the Arts nonfiction fellow. In 2016, she won the Staige D. Blackford Prize for Nonfiction for her story “Night Moves,” which first appeared in the Virginia Quarterly Review. In 2015, she was named one of the most influential people in Brooklyn culture by Brooklyn Magazine.  

Teaching and Research Interests

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

Recent News


Amanda Petrusich garnered a 2019 Grammy Nomination as an album notes writer for Dylan's "Trouble No More," Volume 13 in the Bootleg Series.The 2019 Grammy Awards will be held February 10, 2019.

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.

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

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.


Petrusich was named a 2019 Artist in Residence at the Headlands Center for Arts, San Francisco, CA.


For the November 2016 issue of Esquire, Petrusich wrote "Michael Fassbender's Secret: Stop Overthinking."

Petrusich wrote several articles for The New Yorker, including "A Transcendent Patti Smith Accepts Bob Dylan's Nobel Prize" and "'I'm with Hillary 2016: A Clinton Campaign Sign's Final Resting Place" which covers Gallatin professor Nina Katchadourian's "Monument to the Unelected," a collection of fifty-eight lawn signs touting the campaigns of those who ran for the country's executive office and lost.

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

Amanda Petrusich