AboutMy 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.
EducationPhD, 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
Journal Articles: “Improvisation as Contingent Encounter, Or: The Song of My Toothbrush”, Critical Studies in Improvisation/Études critiques en improvisation vol.12, no. 2 (2018).
“Rancière and Improvisation: Reading Contingency in Music and Politics”, Rancière and Music
, Edited by João Pedro Cachopo, Patrick Nickleson, Chris Stover Edinburgh University Press
Public Scholarship: “Feeling Spaces and Spatial Feelings: On The Ophelias’ Crocus”, Blog/Los Angeles Review of Books (October 19, 2021). “Bracing for Impact: Music, Millennials, and What Comes After COVID-19”, Blog/Los Angeles Review of Books (online, May 11, 2020). “This and The Coming Crisis: Reid Anderson, Dave King, and Craig Taborn’s Golden Valley is Now“, Blog/Los Angeles Review of Books (online, February 3, 2020). “TiK ToK: Post-Crash Party Pop, Compulsory Presentism and the 2008 Financial Collapse”, Sounding Out! (online: 10.21.2019). “Improvising What?”: A Review of Improvisation and Social Aesthetics, boundary 2 online (October 11, 2017).
ProjectsContingent Encounters: Improvisation in Music and Everyday Life. Monograph under contract with the University of Michigan Press.