Neil Verma

Neil Verma is assistant professor of sound studies in the Department of Radio/Television/Film. He teaches in the PhD program in Screen Cultures, serves as core faculty in Comparative Literary Studies, and is associate director of the MA in Sound Arts and Industries. Verma is the author of Theater of the Mind: Imagination, Aesthetics, and American Radio Drama (Chicago, 2012), co-editor of Anatomy of Sound: Norman Corwin and Media Authorship (California, 2016), and co-editor of Indian Sound Cultures, Indian Sound Citizenship (Michigan, 2020). His books have won the Best First Book Award from SCMS and the Krazsna-Krausz Best Moving Image Book Award. He has written articles about topics from film noir, television sound and podcasting to aesthetic theory and literary history in Critical QuarterlyJournal of American Studies, Journal of Sonic StudiesParticipationsRadioDoc Review, and Velvet Light Trap, as well as in several edited volumes. In 2019 he co-edited a special double issue of [In]Transition on audiographic criticism. He is co-recipient of a 2017 Digital Humanities Advancement grant from the NEH to develop digital tools for analysis of text in performance. He founded the Great Lakes Association for Sound Studies and he currently serves as Conference Director for the Radio Preservation Task Force at the Library of Congress. Verma also maintains a practice in creative field recording for radio. His experimental work has aired on Radiophrenia, Resonance FM, and at several arts and literary festivals. He earned his PhD at the University of Chicago, where he was also a Harper-Schmidt Post-Doctoral Fellow.


PhD University of Chicago
BA McGill University


Neil Verma

Assistant Professor




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