Alexandra Hui

Alexandra Hui

Alexandra Hui

Associate Professor


German History, History of Modern Science, European Intellectual and Cultural History, Sound Studies


662-325-3604

ahui@history.msstate.edu

Bio

For Full Curriculum Vitae, click /files/Huicv.pdf

Education

  • PhD, History, University of California at Los Angeles, 2008
  • Dissertation: "Psychophysical Studies of Sound Sensation and the Music Culture of Germany, 1860-1910"
  • M.A., History, University of California at Los Angeles, 2003
  • B.A., Physics with Astronomy/Astrophysics Concentration, Pomona College, 2001

Academic Career

  • Associate Professor of History, Mississippi State University, 2014-
  • Assistant Professor of History, Mississippi State University, 2008-2014
  • Teaching Fellow, University of California at Los Angeles, 2002-08

Research Interests

My most general scholarly interest is in how new forms of listening came into being, were maintained, and possibly faded away. In particular, I ask how did shifting listening practices relate to scientific understandings of auditory perception?  How did new perceptual systems co-develop with new sonic environments? My first book explored the relationship between psychophysical studies of sound sensation and music culture in nineteenth-century Germany and Austria. My current projects examine the co-development of new listening forms and background music technology and the standardization of listening practices among field scientists in twentieth-century America.

Publications

  • Selected Publications
  • The Psychophysical Ear: Musical Experiments, Experimental Sounds, 1840-1910, (The MIT Press, 2012). 
  • Music, Sound and the Laboratory from 1750-1980, Osiris, 28 (2013), co-edited with Julia Kursell and Myles Jackson.          
  • “The Naturalization of Timbre: Two Case Studies,” Emily Dolan and Alexander Rehding, eds., Oxford Handbook of Timbre (Oxford University Press, 2017). Forthcoming.
  • “The Naturalization of Built Environments: Two Case Studies,” Ecomusicology Review, Forthcoming.
  • “First Re-Creations: Phonographs and New Cultures of Listening at the Beginning of the Twentieth Century,” in Christian Thorau and Hansjakob Ziemer, eds., The Handbook of Music Listening in the 19th and 20th Centuries (Oxford University Press, 2016).
  • “Aural Rights and Early Environmental Ethics: Negotiating the Post-War Soundscape,” in Aaron Allen and Kevin Dawes, eds., Current Directions in Ecomusicology: A Field Guide (Routledge, 2015).
  • “‘Muzak-While-You-Work’: Programming Music for Industry, 1919-1948,” Historische Anthropologie, 22 (2014):364-383.
  • “From the Piano Pestilence to the Phonograph Solo: Four Case Studies of Musical Expertise in the Laboratory and on the City Street,” in Daniel Morat, ed., Sounds of Modern History: Auditory Cultures in 19th and 20th Century Europe, (Berghahn Books, 2014).
  • “Origin Stories of listening, melody, and survival at the end of the nineteenth century," in James Kennaway, ed., Music and the Nerves, 1660-1945, (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014).

• Recent Presentations and Invited Talks

  • “Testing the Mood: Surveying listening preferences in American homes and factories, 1920-1950,” to be presented at the History of Science Society (HSS), Atlanta, GA, November 3-6, 2016.
  • “Training the Underwater Ear,” presented at the Cheiron/European Society for the History of the Human Sciences (ESHHS) joint conference, Barcelona, Spain, June 27-31, 2016.
  • “Listening to Extinction in the Twentieth Century,” presented at the Southern History of Science and Technology (SoHOST) Conference, Auburn, AL, April 15-16, 2016.
  • Invited talk, Barwick Colloquium, Department of Music, Harvard University, “Sonifying Space: Background music and new forms of listening in the first half of the twentieth century,” Cambridge, MA, March 28, 2016.
  • Invited talk, Max Kade Center for European and German Studies, Vanderbilt University, “From Vogelflöte to wichity wichity wichity: Standardizing the sounds of nature in the first decades of the twentieth century,” Nashville, TN, February 3, 2016.
  • “How do Scientists Listen to Nature?” presented at The Cultural Logic of Facts and Figures IV, Fourth Annual CUFF Conference, in Trondheim, Norway, December 17-19, 2015.
  • “Testing the Underwater Ear: Hearing, Standardizing, and Classifying Marine Sounds during the Cold War,” presented with Lino Camprubi at the “Testing Hearing: Art, Science, Industry” Conference at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin, Germany, December 3-6, 2015.
  • Invited talk, Center for Advanced Study, University of Illinois, “Rights to Silence: Defending the Sound Commons of the Built Environment in the Middle of the Twentieth Century,” Urbana, IL, October 26, 2015.
  • Invited talk, University of California, at Los Angeles, “Testing the Underwater Ear: Hearing, Standardizing, and Classifying Marine Sounds during the Cold War,” presented with Lino Camprubi at “Knowledge, Technologies, and Mediation: A Workshop in Honor of Norton Wise,” Los Angeles, CA, October 17, 2015.
  • Invited talk, National Museum for American History, Smithsonian Institution, “Sonifying Space: Creating new cultures of listening in the first half of the twentieth century,“ Washington, D.C., September 29, 2015.
  • Invited talk, Georgia Institute of Technology, “Listening to Nature: Representing bird song, 1885-1945,” Atlanta, GA, September 14, 2015.
  • Invited talk, Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona “‘Persuasion in the Air’: Psychology, Phonographs, and New Cultures of Listening at the Beginning of the Twentieth Century,” Barcelona, Spain, June 22, 2015.
  • “‘Persuasion in the Air’: Pig-Squeal Radio, Marketing Muzak, and the Behaviorist Turn,” presented to the Epistemes of Modern Acoustics Research Group Colloquium, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin, Germany, June 16, 2015.
  • Invited talk, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University, “Naturalizing Timbre,” presented at “Timbre: An Exploratory Seminar,” Cambridge, MA, May 13-15, 2015.
  • “Hunting with the Mic and Saving with the Antenna: The Sounds of Conservation in Interwar America,” presented at the American Society for Environmental History (ASEH) Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., March 18-21, 2015. *read by Jason Hauser
  • Invited talk, Vitenskapsteoretisk Forum, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, “‘Persuasion in the Air’: Psychology, Phonographs, and New Cultures of Listening at the Beginning of the Twentieth Century,” Trondheim, Norway, January 27, 2015.
  • Invited talk, Research Seminar Series in History of Science and Ideas and Umeå Studies in Science, Technology, and Environment, University of Umeå, “Listening to Nature and Standardizing Sound,” Umeå, Sweden, December 9, 2014.
  • “The Naturalization of Built Environments: Two Case Studies,” presented at the American Musicological Society (AMS) Annual Meeting in Milwaukee, WI, November 5-9, 2014.
  • Invited talk, Innovating Communication in Scholarship Center for Science and Innovation Studies Speaker Series, University of California at Davis, “Standardizing Species: Listening, Representing, and Universalizing Bird Song in the Twentieth Century,” Davis, CA, November 4, 2014.
  • Invited talk, Center for Science, Technology, Medicine, and Society Lecture Series, University of California at Berkeley, Listening to Nature and Standardizing Sound,” Berkeley, CA, October 30, 2014.
  • Invited talk, Zachęta – National Gallery of Art, “Everything Was Until Now,” presented as part of Konrad Smoleński’s exhibit, Everything Was Forever, Until it Was No More — Time Test, Warsaw, Poland, October 23, 2014.
  • “Visualizing and Materializing Bird Song, 1920-1937,” presented at The Cultural Logic of Facts and Figures III, Third Annual CUFF Conference in Reykjavik, Iceland, August 18-20, 2014.
  • Invited talk, University of Wisconsin at Madison, “‘Listening through a Sound Microscope’: Two case studies of the standardization of listening to bird song in the twentieth century,” presented at Holtz Center Symposium: When Nature and Numbers (Don’t) Meet, Madison, WI, April 4-6, 2014.
  • “‘Muzak-While-You-Work’ and New Forms of Listening in the First Half of the Twentieth Century,” presented at the Southern History of Science and Technology (SoHOST) Conference, in Atlanta, GA, March 28-29, 2014.

Honors & Awards

  • William E. Parrish Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award, Department of History, Mississippi State University, 2015-2016.
  • Dean’s Eminent Scholar Award, The College of Arts and Sciences, Mississippi State University. 2015-2016.
  • Visiting Scholar, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin, Germany, April-July, 2015.
  • 2014-2015, Fulbright U.S. Scholar Grant, to conduct research at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, Norway, August 1, 2014 through March 31, 2015.
  • 2014, Society for the History of Psychology (Division 26 of the American Psychological Association) Early Career Award.
  • National Science Foundation Scholar’s Award for project titled “The Science and Technology of Threshold Sounds in Public and Private Spaces” (Award # 1256966).  Awarded through the Science, Technology and Society Program for research to be conducted May 15, 2013 through May 14, 2014.
  • Visiting Scholar, History Department, University of California at Los Angeles, September, 2013.
  • Visiting Scholar, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin, Germany, October-December, 2013.
  • European Society for the History of the Human Sciences (ESHHS) and Journal for the History of the Behavioral Sciences (JHBS) 2010 Early Career Award.
  • Mississippi State University State Pride Award for Faculty Excellence, 2010.
  • Dibner Library Resident Scholar, recipient of the Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology Resident Scholar Award, determined and distributed by the Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology of the Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C., for research to be conducted at the Dibner Library between May 1 and May 31, 2010.
  • 2010 and 2013 HARP Research Fellow, recipient of Humanities and Arts Research Program (HARP) Grant, determined and distributed by the College of Arts of Sciences and the Institute for Humanities, Mississippi State University.

Collaboarative Scholarship

  • 2015-present, PI, “The History and Science of Game Calls in the Mississippi Flyway,” an interdisciplinary collaboration between historians, librarians, and wetlands scientists at Mississippi State University.
  • 2015-2017, Co-organizer of the “Testing Hearing: Art, Science, Industry” Working Group, part of the “Epistemes of Modern Acoustics” Research Group at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin, Germany.
  • 2011-present, Member of the “Cultural Logic of Facts and Figures: Objectification, Measurement, and Standardization as Social Processes” Research Group, based at the Department of Social Anthropology and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).  Funded by the Norwegian Research Council (NRC) through 2015. http://www.ntnu.edu/sosant/cuff
  • 2009-present, Member of the interdisciplinary and international Berlin Wissenschaftliches Netzwerk “Hör-Wissen im Wandel: Zur Wissensgeschichte des Hörens in der Moderne” based at the Freie Universität.  Funded by the German Research Council (DFG) through 2015. http://www.hoer-wissen-im-wandel.de/
  • 2013-present, Associate Series Editor, Nexus: New Histories of Science, Technology, Environment, Agriculture, and Medicine, University of Alabama Press.
  • 2011-present, Core Faculty of the Center for the History of Agriculture, Science, and the Environment in the South (CHASES) at Mississippi State University. http://www.chases.msstate.edu/

Courses Taught

Early Western World (HI 1213); Modern Western World (HI 1223); History of the Holocaust (HI 3773); History of Science and Technology (HI 4653); History of Modern Germany (HI 4763); Readings in European History, 1789-1914 (HI 8523); Graduate Colloquium on Late Modern Europe (HI 8803); Graduate Colloquium on the History of the Holocaust (HI 8803); Graduate Colloquium on the History of Modern Environmental Science (HI 8803); Graduate Seminar in European History after 1789 (HI 8863); Graduate Seminar in History of Science and Technology (HI 8873); Graduate Historiography (HI 8923)

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