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Meredith C. Ward

DR. MEREDITH C. WARD’s first book, Static in the System: Noise and the Soundscape of American Cinema Culture, was published by the University of California Press. Her second book, Sound Convergence: Listening to Twenty-First Century Media, is currently in progress. She received her Ph.D from the Screen Cultures Program at Northwestern University in 2015. Her dissertation, Chatter, Reverberation, and the Static in the System: Noise in American Cinema Culture won the 2016 Society for Cinema and Media Studies Dissertation Award for the best dissertation submitted to the international organization for film and media scholars.

Dr. Ward has presented at conferences in the United States and Europe, and was a guest speaker at the Chicago Film Seminar. Her work has been included in multiple annual meetings of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies, and the annual Screen conference in Glasgow.

Her work has been published in the journals Music, Sound, and the Moving Image and Nineteenth Century Theatre and Film, and Sound Effects as well as the Oxford Handbook for Cinematic Listening and other edited collections.

She is affiliated faculty for the Johns Hopkins Center for Advanced Media Studies: the JHU division that awards media certificates to humanities Ph.D. students who do extensive research in film and media.

She is the founder/designer of Studio North, JHU’s student-run film production company that funds prestigious student projects, and she continues to supervise this group in its operations. She is the founding Creative Director of the Television Writers Room at Johns Hopkins. She founded the Johns Hopkins Film Festival for High School Students in 2017 and served as its first Administrative Director. She cofounded the Saul Zaentz High School Film Festival in 2019 and serves as one of its two co-directors. She originated the Johns Hopkins Visiting Artist Series in film and media, and served as its first director.

She was a finalist for the 2012 and 2013 Excellence in Teaching Awards, and the 2016 Undergraduate Advising Award. She won this award in 2020. She was a second-round contestant for the Society for Cinema and Media Studies international Innovative Pedagogy Award for 2020.