Amanda Minks is an Associate Professor of Anthropology and Ethnomusicology in the Honors College at the University of Oklahoma.


Dr. Minks focuses on the ethnographic and historical study of music and language across cultures.  Over ten years of research on the micro-politics and aesthetics of language socialization led to her monograph, Voices of Play: Miskitu Children’s Speech and Song on the Atlantic Coast of Nicaragua (2013).  In this and other projects, she has explored the relations between cultural difference and social inequality, illuminating the everyday practices and institutional structures that reproduce and transform selves and societies.  Shifting these concerns to a historical lens, she is currently researching a book tentatively titled Hearing Heritage: Music and Cultural Politics in Inter-American Affairs.  


  • Ph.D., Ethnomusicology, Columbia University
  • M.A., Ethnomusicology, Wesleyan University
  • B.A., Music, Goucher College