I’m an assistant professor in the Department of Performance Studies at Texas A&M University. My work focuses on issues of acoustics, governance, and politics, particularly in contemporary Brazil.
My first book, Sound-Politics in São Paulo (Oxford University Press, 2019), examines why environmental noise is such a sticky issue for local governments. Drawing on fieldwork and a close analysis of laws, regulations, and court orders, the book argues that noise is not merely a matter of acoustics and public health, but permeates a broad range of social issues. In São Paulo, noise has infiltrated debates about crime control, policymaking, religious freedom, spatial segregation, youth citizenship, civic engagement, and government accountability. It also has affected the city’s powerful construction, transportation, and evening economies.
My current book project, State Acoustics in Brazil, expands on that topic to explore how the modern state relies on various audio inputs and outputs to perform. Each chapter in the book investigates governance in contemporary Brazil from a specific acoustic angle: police wiretaps, sonic grenades, sirens, radio broadcasting, the National Congress, and gunshot detection technology.