Neil Verma

Neil Verma is assistant professor of sound studies in Radio/Television/Film. He also serves as associate director of the MA program in Sound Arts and Industries. Verma studies the history and aesthetics of sound in narrative-based media. He is author of Theater of the Mind: Imagination, Aesthetics, and American Radio Drama (Chicago, 2012), winner of the Best First Book Award from the Society for Cinema and Media Studies. He is co-editor of Anatomy of Sound: Norman Corwin and Media Authorship (California, 2016), winner of the Best Moving Image Book Award from the Kraszna-Krausz Foundation. Verma has published articles on topics from cinema history and television sound to experimental listening, audio drama and podcasting in such journals as Critical Quarterly,The Journal of American Studies, The Journal of Sonic Studies, RadioDoc Review, Recherches sémiotiques / Semiotic Inquiry, and The Velvet Light Trap. He has contributed chapters to books about literary history, voice studies, sound studies and film noir, among other subjects. Verma is currently working on two books: one on contemporary experimental radio and podcasts, and another on the radio plays of Orson Welles. He is Co-Network Director for the Radio Preservation Task Force at the Library of Congress, former Special Editor at the sound studies site Sounding Out!, and founder of the Great Lakes Association for Sound Studies (GLASS). He holds a PhD in History of Culture from the University of Chicago, where he also won a Harper-Schmidt Postdoctoral Fellowship, serving in the Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts from 2010-14.


PhD University of Chicago
BA McGill University


Neil Verma

Assistant Professor




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