A former editor, bartender, outdoor education specialist, and ultimate frisbee player, I turned to academia after auditing a class with Lewis Porter in the mid-2000s and I never really looked back. My undergraduate teaching focuses on the history, appreciation and cultural impact of 20th century popular music practices including jazz, blues, R&B, hip-hop, country and rock ‘n’ roll. My graduate seminars—and research—further explore concepts of revival, international exchange, cultural capital, genre formation, identity, representation, race and gender politics as they relate to jazz, jazz-related and popular music networks


Ph.D., Musicology, McGill University, Montreal, QC, 2018

M.A., Jazz History and Research, Rutgers University, Newark, NJ, 2010

M.M., Jazz Performance, New Jersey City University, Jersey City, NJ, 2006

B.A., Music, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, 1998


“Mama, He Treats Your Daughter Mean: Reassessing the Narrative of British R&B with Ottilie Patterson,” Popular Music, (Cambridge University Press, 39/3-4, December 2020).   

“Rhythm and Bluebeat: ‘Jamaican R&B’ Live and on Record in Early-1960s’ London,” Journal of Popular Music Studies (University of California Press, 31/3, September 2019).

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