Elsa Lankford

Professor & Chairperson

Prof. Elsa Lankford

Contact Info

Media Center 103


Goddard College (MFA)
Towson University (MS)
American University (BA)

Areas of Expertise

Audio production, digital audio post production, Festival Director WAMMFest, film/media festivals, diversity in media, interdisciplinary art, sound art, composing


Ms. Lankford has taught in the Electronic Media and Film department since 2005. She is a full Professor and is currently chair of the department. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Music and Technology from American University, a Masters in Computer Science from Towson University, and a MFA in Interdisciplinary Art from Goddard College. She teaches audio production, sound creation, and has taught classes in radio station management, audio documentary, film and media festivals, and interdisciplinary arts and social justice. She is the faculty advisor to Towson Audio Production Society (TAPS) and the student-run radio station XTSR (xtsr.org). 

Her recent scholarship includes co-creating and directing the international inclusive film and media festival WAMMFest (Women And Minorities in Media Festival) for 11 years and utilizing her expertise in film and media festivals in peer-reviewed panel presentations, articles, and co-editing a journal on academia and media festivals. She has written a chapter entitled “Breaking the Sound Barrier: The Importance of Interdisciplinary Audio Curriculum” in Audio Education: Theory, Culture, and Practice (Taylor and Francis). Her most recent creative activity, Citizen Impulse Response, regarding the use of echo chambers in musical recordings, social and mass media, and in the protest soundscapes of urban streets. She is a composer, sound designer, and interdisciplinary artist who lives with her wife, cats, and chickens in Baltimore City.