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Assistant Professor of Music Theory School of Arts and Sciences, University of Pennsylvania

Naomi Waltham-Smith is Assistant Professor in Music Theory in the Department of Music at the University of Pennsylvania. She received her B.A. and M. A. from Selwyn College, Cambridge and her M.Mus and Ph.D from King’s College, London; before coming to Penn, she held post-doctoral positions at City University in London and Indiana University. Lying at the intersection of Continental philosophy and music analysis, her research is interested in the role played by sound and its relation to political thought in European philosophy, especially French deconstruction. She is currently writing a book on Music and Belonging Between Revolution and Restoration which examines the relation between the kinds of listening promoted by instrumental repertoires and the politics of community at the turn of the nineteenth century. She is also working on a project on urban street sound in Paris and London to investigate how sound participates in and reconfigures the various boundaries, divisions and economies of urban space.