My research interests include music (popular, jazz, avant-garde), 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 is an interdisciplinary exploration of improvisation as it appears in experimental music and in everyday life. Contingent Encounters: Improvisation in Music and Everyday Life is under contract 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.

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