Lingold DSS book photo

Dr. Mary Caton Lingold is Assistant Professor of English at Virginia Commonwealth University. She is an interdisciplinary scholar whose work bridges the fields of sound studies, African diaspora studies, music, early American literatures, and digital humanities. She received a PhD in English and a graduate certificate in African & African American Studies from Duke University. Prior to that, she earned an MA from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a BA from Trinity University in Texas. Her experience growing up white in the rural U.S. South inspires Mary Caton’s research on Atlantic slavery, Black history and culture, and white racism. A livelong musician, she is also deeply interested in music and sonic culture. Much of her research focuses on on the Caribbean, a region key to the development of traditions and ideas that spread across the Atlantic world in the early eras of slavery. Mary Caton’s current book project is titled “Sound Legacy: Music and Slavery in an African Atlantic World” (under contract with UVA Press). She previously co-edited Digital Sound Studies (Duke 2018).