Jennifer Stoever

Faculty Advisor: Carla Kaplan

Contact Information


Biographical Sketch

Jennifer Lynn Stoever-Ackerman received her PhD in American Studies and Ethnicity in August 2007 under the direction of Carla Kaplan and committee members Judith Jackson Fossett, Fred Moten, and Joanna Demers. Her dissertation, "The Contours of the Sonic Color-Line: Slavery, Segregation, and the Cultural Politics of Listening,” traces the cultural and historical presence of sonic color-lines in the United States—audible sites where racial difference is produced and policed—through the work of writers like W.E.B. DuBois, Frederick Douglass, Hannah Crafts, Harriet Jacobs, Richard Wright, Ann Petry, and Folkways recording artist Tony Schwartz. Her dissertation was a finalist in the 2007 Ralph Henry Gabriel Dissertation Prize awarded by the American Studies Association. She has published in The Iowa Journal of Cultural Studies and Social Identities and has a chapter forthcoming in the anthology The Wages of Empire: Neoliberal Policies, Armed Repression, and Women’s Poverty (Paradigm, November 2007). She is presently working on an article entitled “Splicing the Sonic Color-Line: Tony Schwartz Records Postwar Nueva York” that will be appear in Social Text. Currently Assistant Professor of English at the State University of New York at Binghamton, she teaches classes on African American literature as well as race and gender representation in popular music.


  • B.A. UC - Riverside, 06/1995

Employment History

  • Assistant Professor, Binghamton University - State University of New York, 2007 - Present



  • Department of American Studies & Ethnicity
  • University of Southern California
  • 3620 South Vermont Avenue
  • Kaprielian Hall 462
  • Los Angeles, California 90089-2534