I teach Music Theory at the University of Michigan. My research focuses on the history of music theory (with an emphasis on theories of form), analysis (of tonal and post-tonal repertoires as well of world music), and sketch and source study. My current work, located at the intersection of music theory and music history, focuses on the music and writings of Arnold Schoenberg and the Second Viennese School. I recently started work on a corpus of Irish piping tunes from the 1800s, a project that will combine manuscript study with digital analysis of melodic structures.

My work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in Music Theory Spectrum, Perspectives of New Music, the Journal of Music Theory, the Journal of the Arnold Schönberg Center, Music Theory & Analysis, Theory and Practice, Music Analysis, the Journal of the Society for Musicology in Ireland, and Notes, as well as in edited collections including The Routledge Companion to Music Theory Pedagogy, for which I am writing the anchor article on musical form.

A former member of the Society for Music Theory’s Executive Board, I am now Reviews Editor of Music Theory Spectrum. I also serve on the editorial board of Music & Politics and the organizing committee for Analytical Approaches to World Music, and I am the co-chair of the SMT’s Autographs and Archival Documents Interest Group as well as 2019 program committee chair for Music Theory Midwest. In summer 2019 I will be Visiting Professor at the Institut für Musikwissenschaft und Interpretationsforschung, Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien.


Ph.D., University of Dublin, Trinity College


Recent publications:

Schoenberg’s Sentence,” Music Theory Spectrum 40/2 (Fall 2018): 179–207.

“Schoenberg’s Fundamentals of Musical Composition: A Source Study,” Journal of the Arnold Schönberg Center 15 (2018): 163–189.

Eisler’s Klavierstücke für Kinder as Kompositionslehre: Composition, Analysis, Pedagogy,” Theory and Practice 43 (2018): 111–130.

Liquidation and Its Origins,” Journal of Music Theory 63/1 (Spring 2019): 71–102.

“Rethinking Repetition: Interrogating Schoenberg’s Writings,” Perspectives of New Music 57/1–2 (2019).

“The Theme of Webern’s Variations, Op. 27, iii,” Music Theory and Analysis (2019).

“Principles of Form.” In The Routledge Companion to Music Theory Pedagogy, edited by Leigh VanHandel. New York: Routledge, 2019.

Upcoming Talks and Conferences

“‘An intelligent and intelligible impression’: Seeing and Hearing through Schoenberg,” Annual Meeting of the American Musicological Society, San Antonio, TX (November 2018).


Society for Music Theory

American Musicological Society

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