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. I also host the Public Cultural Studies podcast and co-chair the Music and Sound Studies working group at the Cultural Studies Association. 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 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.