A brief synopsis of works-in-progress.

Public Humanities

I'm currently working for the UW-Madison Center for the Humanities and the Consortium for Humanities Centers and Institutes on issues related to funding and promoting innovative public humanities scholarship.

Teaching and Research

My research and teaching interests center around sound, technology, the arts, and the environment. I'm a member of the sound studies working group at UW-Madison and am on the editorial board of the ASAP/Journal.


I'm an independent radio producer who formerly held an ACLS Public Fellowship at To the Best of Our Knowledge, where I produced digital and broadcast content. Up next: developing a podcast.


I've kept a sporadic blog on various platforms for several years. In 2015, I gathered all the content I could recover from old WordPresses and Tumblrs and divided it into two separate Jekyll sites. As of 2016, these sites have been retired. The links below show them as they have been archived on the Wayback Machine. You can find more current writing on Medium.


Field Noise

Field Noise is my "academic" blog, which is to say it's often about my research interests: archival sounds, environmental noise, music, and sound technologies.


Verify and Repair

I'm a self-taught code tinkerer, quanitified selfer, and workflow obsessive. Covers n00b experiences with Ruby, Git, IFTTT, and others.

Craig Eley

I'm a project administrator, sound enthusiast, and cultural historian based in Madison, Wisconsin. I have a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Iowa, and have held research fellowships at the Smithsonian Institution and the Penn State Institute for the Arts and Humanities. Current status: advocating for and negotiating public humanities scholarship and career paths. You can find my academic CV here.


Audio Essays

I've been messing around with audio essays since very early on in graduate school (2006 or so?). Here's my latest one, which I did in July 2016 for To the Best of Our Knowledge.

In Record Time

In Record Time is a new segment for To the Best of Our Knowledge that I'm working on with Henry Sapoznik. He's the director of the Mayrent Institute for Yiddish Culture, a ravenous record collector, and a talented radio producer. We started these in early 2016 and are having a blast. This was our first segment:

Field Noise Mix Series

The Field Noise mix series was a non-narrated music and found sound podcast that I ran for a few installments in 2011-2012. In current podcasting parlance it's a mini-series, but really I just stopped making them at some point. Maybe one day I'll start working on Season 2.