Etha Williams is a second-year historical musicologist and is interested in the intersections of music and philosophy. She is particularly interested in how music and sound have posed challenges to ocular-centric understandings of the relationship between knowledge, embodiment, and sensation.
Much of her recent work has examined eighteenth-century keyboard culture in light of philosophical, medical, and music-pedagogical discourses of sensibility. Prior to coming to Harvard, she completed an MA in musicology at the University of Minnesota (Twin Cities) and a BA in biology at the University of Chicago. Etha lives in Somerville with her cat, Bagatelle.