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Amanda Petrusich

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

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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

Amanda Petrusich

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.

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.

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.