Jacob Smith is co-founder and director of the Master of Arts in Sound Arts and Industries, and professor in the Department of Radio/Television/Film. He is the author of Vocal Tracks: Performance and Sound Media (University of California Press 2008); Spoken Word: Postwar American Phonograph Cultures (University of California Press 2011); The Thrill Makers: Celebrity, Masculinity, and Stunt Performance (University of California Press 2012); Eco-Sonic Media (University of California Press, 2015); and two experimental audiobooks: ESC: Sonic Adventure in the Anthropocene (University of Michigan Press 2019) and Lightning Birds: An Aeroecology of the Airwaves (University of Michigan Press, 2021).
He writes and teaches about the cultural history of media, with a focus on sound and the relationship between media and the environment.
- PhD Department of Communication and Culture, Indiana University
- Lightning Birds: An Aeroecology of the Airwaves (University of Michigan Press, 2020)
- Indian Sound Culture, Indian Sound Citizenship, co-edited with Laura Brueck and Neil Verma (University of Michigan Press, 2020)
- "Travels with Jack: ZBS's Post-Network Radio Adventure,: Resonance, Vol. 1, No. 1, 2020.
- ESC: Sonic Adventure in the Anthropocene (University of Michigan Press, 2019)
- Anatomy of Sound: Norman Corwin and Media Authorship, co-edited with Neil Verma (University of California Press, 2016)
- "The chance meeting of a goose and a plover on a turntable: Chris Watson's wildlife sound recordings,: in Sound Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, December 2016.
Recent Awards, Honors and Grants
Lightning Birds: An Aeroecology of the Airwaves won the SCMS Anne Friedberg Innovative Scholarship Award, 2022.
- Anatomy of Sound: Norman Corwin and Media Authorship won the Kraszna-Krausz Best Moving Image Book Award, 2017.
- Spoken Word won the 2012 Association for Recorded Sound Collections Award for Excellence in General Historical Research on Recorded Sound.
- History of the Recording Industry
- Musical Media
- Media and the Environment: Meet David Lynch
- The Art of the Soundtrack
- Children’s Media Culture
- Understanding Creative Industries
- Sound Studies
- The Videographic Essay