I am a musician and academic whose research interests include U.S. music (popular, jazz, experimental), cultural studies, and improvisation, with a particular focus on the affective connections between aesthetics and politics. I have taught courses in music history, American popular culture, and the humanities, in addition private percussion lessons, improvising ensembles, and workshops.

My first monograph, 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. I also hold degrees from the California Institute of the Arts (MA, MFA) and Capital University’s Conservatory (BM). I play the drums, and host the Public Cultural Studies podcast.

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