PhD candidate in historical musicology, University of Pennsylvania (in progress, est. graduation 2021)
MMus historical musicology, King’s College London (2014)
BA Hons Music, University of Nottingham (2010)


“Angels in the Archive: Animating the Past in Written on Skin.” In Recomposing the Past: Early Music on Stage and Screen, edited by James Cook, Alexander Kolassa and Adam Whittaker, 174–187. London: Routledge, 2018.


Video: “Overhearing on the Plantation: Witnesses and Spectators,” for Society of American Music Annual Conference 2020

Video: “‘…Paper which had once been white’: Interacting Invitation Practices in Colonial Antigua,” for symposium American Contact: Intercultural Exchange and the History of the Book, 2020

Manifesto: “Decolonizing the Music Survey: A Manifesto for Action” with David Chavannes, Temple University Theory, History, and Ethnomusicology Society (THEMUS), Philadelphia 2018


Upcoming Talks and Conferences

November 2020 “Familiar Strangers: Enslaved Black Women’s Listening Practices and the Afterlives of Slavery in Musical Thought,” American Musicology Society Annual Conference


American Historical Association

American Musicological Society

North American British Music Studies Association

Society for American Music

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