Lauren Flood

Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities at the Wolf Humanities Center
Room 332, Lerner Center
215-898-4985
215-573-2106

Lauren Flood is a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities at the Wolf Humanities Center at Penn. She completed a Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from Columbia University in 2016 and was a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities at MIT from 2016-2018. Lauren works at the intersections of music, anthropology, sound studies, and science and technology studies. Focusing on experimental musical instrument builders and their gear in Berlin and New York City, her work investigates the relations between sonic machines, design and craftsmanship, discourses on artistic labor, and hands-on DIY practices in an increasingly digital world. Lauren's ethnographic monograph in progress explores how DIY music technologists navigate issues of ethical labor and cultural citizenship, including the tensions between creativity and entrepreneurship, and their engagement with innovations such as artificial intelligence and the recycling of electronic waste. Some of her other interests include the relations between sound studies and archaeology, music/sound in Latin America and the Mediterranean, and popular music studies. Her research and writing have been funded by the Whiting Foundation, the Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies, and the National Science Foundation.