Dr. Mary Caton Lingold is Assistant Professor of English at Virginia Commonwealth University. She is an interdisciplinary scholar specializing in the literature, culture, and music of the early modern African Atlantic world, sound studies, and digital humanities. Her current book project, “Sound Legacy: Music and Slavery in an African Atlantic World,” is under contract with UVA Press. Previous publications include Digital Sound Studies (Duke 2018), as well as articles in Early Music, Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture, and Early American Literature. In 2021, she  guest-edited a special issue of Reviews in DH on the subject of sound.

Mary Caton received a PhD in English and a graduate certificate in African & African American Studies from Duke University in 2017. Prior to that, she earned an MA from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a BA from Trinity University in Texas. Growing up in the rural U.S. South shapes her interest in Atlantic slavery, white racism, and Black history and 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 is a lifelong musician, and she enjoys singing and playing multiple instruments, especially bluegrass fiddle.

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