Neil Verma

Neil Verma is assistant professor of sound studies in Radio/Television/Film and associate director of the MA in Sound Arts and Industries. Verma studies the cultural history and aesthetics of narrative sound media, and has special expertise in radio plays. He is author of Theater of the Mind: Imagination, Aesthetics, and American Radio Drama (Chicago, 2012), which won the 2013 Best First Book Award from the Society for Cinema and Media Studies. He is co-editor (with Jacob Smith) of Anatomy of Sound: Norman Corwin and Media Authorship (California, 2016). Verma has published articles on topics ranging from film history and television sound design to experimental listening and podcasting in The Cine-Files, Critical Quarterly, The Journal of American Studies, The Journal of Sonic Studies, The RadioDoc Review, Recherches sémiotiques / Semiotic Inquiry, Sounding Out!, and The Velvet Light Trap. He has contributed chapters to Kiss the Blood off My Hands: On Classic Film Noir (Illinois, 2013) and American Literature in Transition, 1929-1941 (Cambridge, forthcoming), among other volumes. Verma is working on two books, tentatively titled “How Sounds Think: Making Strange Radio in the Podcasting Age” and “Hiding in Plain Sound: The Radio Drama of Orson Welles.” He is Network Director for the Radio Preservation Task Force at the Library of Congress, Special Editor at the site Sounding Out!, and co-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 was also Harper-Schmidt Fellow in the Society of Fellows from 2010-14.


PhD University of Chicago
BA McGill University


Neil Verma

Assistant Professor




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