Sophie Brady Graduate Student: Musicology

My scholarly interests include twentieth-century experimental composition, global popular music, and the history of sound reproduction technology. My dissertation, “Africa Electronica: Sonic Experimentation, Transcontinental Circulation, and Francophone African Radio, 1950-1980,” explores how African musicians and technicians at radio stations in France and West Africa shaped the history of musical experimentalism in the 1950s-1970s.

At Princeton, I have taught undergraduate courses on American music and recording technology and Western symphonic repertoire. I was also a Community College Teaching Fellow at Rowan College of South Jersey in Sewell, NJ, where I taught Music Appreciation.

I am currently a member of the Friends of the Princeton University Library Council, and I served as a leader of the Student Friends from 2018-2022. Other campus activities have included serving as a Resident Graduate Student at Forbes College, working as a Graduate Writing Center Fellow, and singing alto in the Princeton University Glee Club.

Paul A. Pisk Prize, American Musicological Society, 2022

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

“Francis Bebey’s Living Room Experiments,” Global Musical Modernisms (September 2022). View online

“LP Key Words: World Music.” 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.

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