Laura Garbes

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Graduate Student
A.M. Brown University, Sociology
Graduate Certificate, Brown University, Public Humanities
B.A. Tufts University

Research Interests

Racial Theory; Media Studies; Sociology of Organizations; Cultural Studies; Qualitative Methods; Archival Preservation; Linguistic Sociology; Sound Studies


Year of Entry: 2016

MA Project: When the Blank Slate is a White One: White Normative Isomorphism and the Foundation of National Public Radio

Affiliations at Brown:

  • Graduate Fellow, Swearer Center
  • Graduate Student Coordinator, Brown Center for Students of Color
  • Member, Du Boisian Collective at Brown University

Public Scholarship:


  • Swearer Center for Public Service 2019 Engaged Scholarship Award


  • Garbes, Laura. 2019. “Sound Archive Access: Revealing Emergent Cultures.” Journal of Radio and Audio Media, Special Issue: Radio Preservation Task Force.