I am a musician and Visiting Assistant Professor of Musicology at Ithaca College
I research the affective connections between music and politics in the US, with a particular focus on improvisation and popular music. My first book, Contingent Encounters: Improvisation in Music and Everyday Life, is forthcoming with the University of Michigan Press.
I earned my PhD in the Department of Comparative Studies at the Ohio State University in 2019. I also hold degrees from the California Institute of the Arts (MA, MFA) and Capital University’s Conservatory (BM). My principle drum teachers are Joe La Barbera, Bob Breithaupt, and Bill Ransom. I continue to perform, record, and write music in the Columbus, Ohio area.