As an Assistant Professor of Music at Dartmouth College, I teach courses in history, media, ethics, disability, race, and digital games. Working at the crossroads of critical inquiry and public engagement, I advocate for interpersonal care as the heart of academic and activist labors. I explore how people's spoken and unspoken judgments of others' artistic, musical, and rhetorical abilities kindle just versus unjust social relations (veneration, exoneration, violence). I'm coeditor of the new Music & Social Justice series published by University of Michigan Press.
My books include Sound Play: Video Games and the Musical Imagination (Oxford University Press, 2014, published with AMS 75 PAYS Subvention) and Just Vibrations: The Purpose of Sounding Good (University of Michigan Press, 2016, recipient of the AMS Philip Brett Award and named a 2016 Book of the Year by Times Higher Education). Projects in the oven include Why Listening to Beethoven Makes Me Feel So Respectable (And Other Vices of Musical Judgment) (f. Oxford, supported by Harvard's William F. Milton Fund), Touching Pitch: Dirt, Debt, Color (f. Michigan), and the edited volume Queering the Field (f. Oxford).
My academic articles have appeared in Critical Inquiry, Ethnomusicology, Journal of the American Musicological Society, Journal of the Society for American Music, 19th-Century Music, and Cambridge Opera Journal, and I have written op-eds for TIME Magazine, Washington Post, Pacific Standard, Slate, RYOT, Musicology Now, and Huffington Post. I currently serve on the boards of Journal of the Society for American Music, Music & the Moving Image, Women & Music, Ethnomusicology Review, Sound Studies, and Sensate. Between 2012–16, I was a Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows.In past years, I've enjoyed giving classical piano recitals featuring improvisations on themes from the audience.
Note to Students
I am on leave Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 but am typically in my office between 2:00 and 5:00pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. During this window, I plan to be writing or procrastinating with plenty of tea, coffee, and baked goods from Lou's Bakery. Any and all Dartmouth students should feel free to drop by for a chat (64 Hopkins Center, directly across from Paddock Music Library).