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, was published in 2022 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 between Ohio and New York.