Sarah F. Williams

Sarah F. Williams is a musicologist specializing in early modern (c. 1580-1700) English music and culture including seventeenth-century popular music, theatrical music and broadside balladry. Her work focuses on musical representations of witchcraft and magic, music and memory, digital approaches to the early modern English ayre, representations of gender in music, the 16th- and 17th-century English cheap print trade, as well as emo rock and expressions of masculinity in contemporary American popular music.

Dr. Williams book, Damnable Practises: Music, Witches, and Dangerous Women in Seventeenth-Century English Broadside Ballads (Ashgate, 2015) examines the representations of witches and unruly women in seventeenth-century English cheap print and popular song. Her articles and reviews have appeared in several top-tier musicology and humanities journals as well as essay collections published by Ashgate, Brill, the University of Indiana Press, and Routledge. She has presented papers at history, literary studies, and musicological conferences throughout the United States and Europe.

Dr. Williams is an Associate Professor of Music History and coordinator of the Music History, Ethnomusicology, and Experimental Music area at the University of South Carolina School of Music.