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Dr. Amanda Minks

Location: Boren Hall 172
Phone: 405.325.7415


  • Ph.D., Ethnomusicology, Columbia University
  • M.A., Ethnomusicology, Wesleyan University
  • B.A., Music, Goucher College

Dr. Minks focuses on the ethnographic study of music and language across cultures.  Over ten years of research on the micro-politics and aesthetics of language socialization led to her monograph, Voices of Play: Miskitu Children’s Speech and Song on the Atlantic Coast of Nicaragua (2013).  In this and other projects, she has explored the relations between cultural difference and social inequality, illuminating the everyday practices and institutional structures that reproduce and transform selves and societies.  Shifting these concerns to a historical lens, she is currently researching a book tentatively titled Aesthetic Interventions: Music and Cultural Politics in Inter-American Affairs.  

Research interests

  • Global Indigenous Studies
  • Music and Language
  • Language Socialization
  • Inter-American Cultural Policy

Courses taught

  • HON 2973 Indigenous Identities, Culture and Politics
  • HON 2973 Latin American Music and Politics
  • HON 3993 Natives/Nations/Napster: Debates on Owning Culture
  • HON 3993 Music and Culture in Everyday Life


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