My work focuses on music (jazz, popular, and avant-garde), improvisation, and cultural studies. I have taught courses in music history, American cultural studies, and the humanities. I play the drums.


PhD, Comparative Studies, Ohio State University

MA, Aesthetics and Politics, California Institute of the Arts

MFA, Jazz Studies, California Institute of the Arts

BM, Jazz Studies, Capital University Conservatory


Contingent Encounters: Improvisation in Music and Everyday Life. Monograph under contract with the University of Michigan Press.

Dan DiPiero

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