Hsieh, Jennifer


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Grad Status: 
Third Year Cohort

Jennifer's research is on the relationship between sound as material fact and sound as signifying ideology. Taking cues from music (Stravinsky wrote that the more sources of sound, the more blurred the reception), Jennifer will look at how the modern subject is situated within an aural environment that is growing louder with increasing technologies. She will conduct research in Taiwan, a place resonant with political slogans, linguistic differences, and street noise, to investigate how sound articulates and silences. Jennifer received her B.A. from Harvard University and M.A. from Columbia University, both in anthropology. She is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and Hoklo Taiwanese and is a pianist, composer, and audio engineer.