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


Laura Garbes is a PhD candidate in sociology at Brown University. Her dissertation research explores the racialization of sound in public broadcasting.

Year of Entry: 2016 

Project: Racialized Airwaves: Tracing the sonic color line in public broadcasting

Affiliations at Brown:

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


  • Garbes, Laura. 2021. "When the “Blank Slate” is a White One: White Institutional Isomorphism in the Birth of National Public Radio" Sociology of Race and Ethnicity.
  • Hirschman, Daniel and Laura Garbes. 2019. “Towards an Economic Sociology of Race.” Socio-Economic Review.
  • Garbes, Laura. 2019. “Sound Archive Access: Revealing Emergent Cultures.” Journal of Radio and Audio Media, Special Issue: Radio Preservation Task Force.

Public Scholarship:


  • Swearer Center for Public Service 2019 Engaged Scholarship Award
  • Honorable Mention, ESS Candace Rogers Student Paper Award, Eastern Sociological Society