Mary Caton Lingold is an Assistant Professor of Early American Literature at Virginia Commonwealth University. She received a PhD in English and a graduate certificate in African & African American Studies from Duke University. She also 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). Her scholarship bridges the fields of sound studies, digital humanities, and literature.