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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 and historical study of music and language across cultures. Over ten years of research on the micro-politics and aesthetics of language socialization led to her first book, Voices of Play: Miskitu Children’s Speech and Song on the Atlantic Coast of Nicaragua (University of Arizona Press, 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. She is currently completing a historical work (under contract with Oxford University Press) titled Indigenous Audibilities: Music, Heritage, and Collections in the Americas, with case studies involving the U.S., Mexico, Nicaragua, and Chile. Dr. Minks was a co-director of the NEH-funded project “Community Archiving of Native American Music” and continues to work on projects reconnecting Indigenous archival collections to heritage communities in Oklahoma. She has taught at the University of Oklahoma Honors College since 2006, and was a visiting professor and researcher at the Universidad Centroamericana in Managua, Nicaragua, in 2016.

Research interests

·         Indigenous Studies

·         Latin American Cultural Studies

·         Heritage and Collections

·         Music and Language

·         Language Socialization

·         Inter-American Histories

Courses taught

·         HON 2973 Indigenous Identities, Culture and Politics

·         HON 2963 Latin American Music and Politics

·         HON 3993 Music and Culture in Everyday Life

·         HON 3993 Music, Recordings, Heritage

·         HON 3993 Music and Medicine across Cultures

·         HON 3993 Natives/Nations/Napster: Debates on Owning Culture

·         HON 3993 Language and Interaction at Work

·         ANTH 5363 Graduate Core in Linguistic Anthropology

·         MUSC 5970 Graduate Introduction to Music Ethnography