I’m an associate professor in the Department of Performance Studies at Texas A&M University. My work focuses on sound as a way to understand how governments operate.
My first book, Sound-Politics in São Paulo (Oxford University Press, 2019), considers how noise has become a persistent problem in urban centers. I argue that noise is not just a matter of acoustical engineering and audiology but permeates a broad range of issues. In São Paulo, noise emerges in controversies about crime control, religious freedom, spatial segregation, youth leisure, civic engagement, and state accountability. Noise also has encroached on São Paulo’s powerful construction, transportation, and entertainment industries.
In my current book project, State Acoustics in Brazil, I expand on that approach to describe the numerous entanglements between sound and modern statecraft. Each chapter in the book analyzes contemporary Brazil from a specific acoustic arrangement, including wiretaps, grenades, sirens, radio, gunshot detection technology, and wind farms.