My Work Focuses on: 
the intersection of music, globalization, and technology in twentieth-century African and European musical production and consumption
My Other Interests Include: 
music and decolonization; music and digital culture; the history of science and technology; media studies; popular music studies


More about Sophie Brady

My dissertation examines the history of the musical avant-garde in France and Francophone West Africa in the second half of the twentieth century, focusing on experimentation at radio stations and the philosophical ideas that shaped this musical production and exchange.

At Princeton, I have taught undergraduate courses on American music and recording technology (AMS 399 for Professor Emily Thompson) and Western symphonic repertoire (MUS 225 for Professor Ruth Ochs). I have also taught Music Appreciation (MUS 101) at Rowan College of South Jersey as instructor of record through the GradFutures Community College Teaching Fellowship.

An alto in the Princeton University Glee Club and Early Music Princeton, I have also been a Resident Graduate Student at Forbes College, a Graduate Writing Center Fellow, and a member of the Student Friends of the Princeton University Library. 

Recognition & Awards

International Dissertation Research Fellowship, Social Science Research Council, 2021-22

Multi-Country Research Fellowship, Council of American Overseas Research Centers, 2021-22

M. Elizabeth C. Bartlet Fund for Research in France and Jan LaRue Travel Fund for European Research, American Musicological Society, 2021-22

Research Grant, Association of Recorded Sound Collections, 2021-22

Chateaubriand Fellowship of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy to the United States, 2021

Lise Waxer Student Paper Prize, Popular Music Section of the Society for Ethnomusicology, 2021

Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, West African Research Association, 2020

Annual Meeting Travel Award, Society for Ethnomusicology, 2019

Roy Dickinson Welch Fellowship in Music, Princeton University, 2017-2018

Emerging Leader in the New York Arts, 2016-2017

The W. Caball Greet Prize for Excellence in English Literature, Barnard College, 2015

Phi Beta Kappa, 2015 


“World,” Journal of Popular Music Studies 33, No. 3 (September 2021): 81-83.

“Review: International Music Score Library Project (IMSLP).” Journal of the American Musicological Society 72, No. 3 (December 2019): 920-935.