Mary Caton Lingold is an Assistant Professor of English at Virginia Commonwealth University. Her research and teaching bridge the fields of sound studies, digital humanities, early American literature, and African American studies. Mary Caton received a PhD in English and a graduate certificate in African & African American Studies from Duke University. She holds an MA from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a BA from Trinity University. Mary Caton is currently writing a book on the literary history of Afro-Atlantic music (1650-1850).