I am interested in intersections of musical thought and understandings of the past across pre-modern Asia. My dissertation considers ritual music reform during the Northern Song dynasty (960-1127) as a means of bridging the distance from the ancients, using the perceived continuity of language, numbers, measurement, transmitted images, and recovered artifacts. I am also a performer of Javanese gamelan and numerous other kinds of music.


PhD, Music, University of Minnesota, 2019
Dissertation: “The Time-suturing Technologies of Northern Song Musicology”


“Ancient Lithophones in Northern Song Discourse and the Perils of Text-Based Archaeology.” In Studien zur Musikarchäologie XI, edited by Ricardo Eichmann, Fang Jianjun, and Lars-Christian Koch, 27–37. Westfalia: Verlag Marie Leidorf, 2018.

“Imag(in)ing Musical Instruments: Prescriptive and Descriptive Iconography in the Northern Song Dynasty.” Music in Art 43/1–2 (2018): 161–172.

“Authority, Critique, and Revision in the Sanskrit Music-Theoretic Tradition: Re-Reading the Svara-mela-kalānidhi.” Co-authored with Matt Rahaim and Srinivas Reddy. Asian Music 46/1 (2015): 39–77.

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