Tom McEnaney

Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and Spanish & Portuguese
4327 Dwinelle Hall
Spanish, French, English
20th and 21st centuries
Academic Area: 
Caribbean, Latin American, and Hemispheric American Studies

Research Areas

Modern Latin American Literature and Culture; Modern U.S. Literature and Culture; Modern French and Francophone Literature and Culture; The Novel; Sound Studies; Media Studies; Digital (Computational) Humanities / Cultural Analytics; Linguistic Anthropology; Architectural Theory


Tom McEnaney works on the history of media and technology, Argentine, Cuban, and U.S. literature, sound studies, linguistic anthropology, computational (digital) humanities and new media studies. He has contributed articles to Cultural CritiqueThe Oxford Handbook of Voice StudiesLa Habana EleganteThe Journal of MusicologyRepresentationsRevista de Estudios HispánicosSounding Out!Variaciones Borges, and others. His book, Acoustic Properties: Radio, Narrative, and the New Neighborhood of the Americas (FlashPoints at Northwestern University Press, 2017), which was shortlisted for the 2018 Modernist Studies Association's First Book Prize, investigates the co-evolution of radio and the novel in Argentina, Cuba, and the United States. The book charts the rise and fall of populism and state socialism, and how authors in these countries began to re-conceive novel writing as an act of listening in order to shape the creation and understanding of the vox populi. Before returning to Berkeley, he was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Comparative Literature at Cornell University. (Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley).