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Anna Williams

English Ph.D. who pioneered the first-ever dissertation in podcast form. Has mushy things to say about the power of audio storytelling to build empathy and save the world!
Member since 2018


  • Astoria, NY

Anna is available for

I love thinking through story structure, character, themes, and scenes in narrative audio projects.
  • Editing
  • Producing
  • Reporting
  • Scripting

About Anna

In 2019, I produced the first-ever podcast dissertation to earn my Ph.D. in English from the University of Iowa. Titled "My Gothic Dissertation," the project weaves together personal narrative, interviews with peers and scholars, dramatized scenes from Gothic novels, and traditional academic research to compare being in grad school to being trapped in a Gothic novel.

During grad school, I interned at Iowa Public Radio, where I produced and co-hosted the podcast Lit City -- an exploration of the sights, sounds, and stories that made Iowa City the first UNESCO City of Literature in America.

I now live in NYC and work as a freelance podcast producer.

Anna's Portfolio



  • Booking
  • Budgeting
  • Field Producing
  • Field Recording
  • Interviewing
  • Logistics and Coordination
  • Mixing
  • Producing
  • Reporting
  • Research
  • Scoring
  • Show Development
  • Sound Design
  • Story Editing
  • Voiceover


  • ProTools 12

Previous Work

  • Segment Producer, Queens Memory podcast at Queens Public Library | Queens College
  • Producer, What's Ahead with Steve Forbes at Forbes Media | Spoke Media
    (March 2020)
  • Producer, Lit City / Production Assistant, Talk of Iowa and River to River at Iowa Public Radio
    (September 2017)
  • Graduate Instructor, Rhetoric and The Interpretation of Literature at University of Iowa
    (June 2019)