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Gavin Williams

Gavin completed a PhD at Harvard before working as a research fellow at Jesus College, Cambridge (2013-16) and as a Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow at King’s College London (2016-19). As a lecturer at Berkeley since then, he has taught classes on topics including “Sound Reproduction Ecologies” (graduate seminar, 2019), “Futurisms” (Music 128, 2019), “Popular Music and Media, 1900-1950” (Music 170, 2019), and “Performance/Records” (Music R1B, 2020-21).
His research interests lie in the history of sound and media in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He has published articles and essays on Italian Futurism, popular music in London and Milan, and edited the book Hearing the Crimean War: Wartime Sound and the Unmaking of Sense (OUP 2019; winner of the Royal Musical Association/Cambridge University Press Edited Volume Book Award 2020).
Forthcoming publications include “The Reproduction of Caruso” (Cambridge Opera Journal) and “Shellac as Musical Plastic” (Journal of the American Musicological Society) and he is currently finishing a book tentatively called Disc NaturesFrictional Perspectives on a Global Medium.