PhD candidate in Historical Musicology, Columbia University

Expected Completion Spring 2018
Dissertation: “Unmute This: Circulation, Sociality, and Sound in Viral Media”
Advisor – Ellie Hisama

Master of Arts in Music History, University of Washington 2012

Bachelor of Arts in English and Music, University of Chicago 2010


Review of Carol Vernallis, Unruly Media: YouTube, Music Video, and the New Digital Cinema (New York: Oxford University Press, 2013), in Current Musicology 97 (Spring 2014).

“‘Unmute This’: Captioning an (audio)visual microgenre,” in The Soundtrack 9/1&2 (2017): 7-23.

Forthcoming: “BEYONCÉ: Viral Techniques and the Visual Album,” in Popular Music and Society.




  • “From Pieces to Listening Practices”
    Musicology in the Age of (Post)Globalization conference, The Graduate Center of the City University of New York, NY
    April 2018
  • “Groupmuse, the Gig Economy, and Classical Music in the 21st Century”
    Society for American Music national conference, Kansas City, MO
    March 2018


  • “Groupmuse, the Gig Economy, and Classical Music in the 21st-Century”
    Branding ‘Western Music’ Conference, University of Bern, Switzerland
    September 2017
  • “Vocal Power, Vocal Pleasure, and Artifice as Authority in Beyoncé’s ‘Sandcastles'”
    Feminist Theory and Music Conference, San Francisco, CA
    July 2017
  • “‘We We We So Excited’: Hating, Loving, Remixing ‘Friday'”
    Music and the Moving Image XII, New York University, NY
    May 2017


  • BEYONCÉ: How Viral Techniques Circulated a Visual Album”
    American Musicological Society
    82nd Annual Meeting, Vancouver, BC
    November 2016
  • “‘Blank Space’, Fan Creativity, and Social Media Meaning-Making”
    IASPM – UK/Ireland Conference 2016: Creativity: Practice and Praxis, Brighton, UK September 2016
  • “Waking Up in a Post-BEYONCÉ World: How Social Media ‘Techniques of the Now’ Exploded a 2013 Concept Album”
    Music and the Moving Image XI, New York University, NY
    May 2016
  • “‘UNMUTE THIS’: Ubiquitous Listening and Vernacular Media Theory”
    Theorizing the Web, Queens NY
    April 2016
  • “Watching Cell Phones, Listening to Video: Bus Uncle Goes Viral”
    Yale Graduate Music Symposium, New Haven CT
    March 2016


  • “‘Bus Uncle’ and the Mobilization of Sound, Music, and Urban Experience”
    Music on the Move: Sounds and New Mobilities, Paris, France
    December 2015
  • “Waking Up in a Post-BEYONCÉ World: How Social Media ‘Techniques of the Now’ Exploded a 2013 Concept Album”
    International Association for the Study of Popular Music – Canada, Ottawa, CA
    May 2015


  • “Beyoncé’s Body: Hashing Out a Mediated Pop Live”
    Creativity, Circulation and Copyright: Sonic and Visual Media in the Digital Age, Cambridge, UK
    March 2014
  • “Beyoncé’s Body: Hashing Out a Mediated Pop Live”
    Musical Practices – Continuities And Transitions, University of Arts in Belgrade
    April 2014


Divas, Monsters, Material Girls: Women in Music Video

Columbia University
Instructor: Fall 2017

  • Self-designed course through the Columbia Teaching Scholars program
  • Develop frameworks for considering the rich audiovisuality of contemporary pop music, honing critical eyes and ears in an analytic mode that gives attention to both the image and sound of music video. Students will develop proficiency with the terminology and vocabulary of music, film, and music video production.
  • Engage with a range of feminist and media theory scholarship and gain competency in applying various critical and analytic lenses to music video through weekly written responses and class discussion.
  • Evaluate the reception of music videos, from YouTube comments to blogs to journalism to academic scholarship. Students will investigate the ways in which discourse around female-centered music videos is shaped and circulated, online and in academia.
  • Using the Columbia-developed Mediathread tool, students will create annotations of audiovisual course materials and develop media-rich essays.

Music Humanities: Masterpieces of Western Art Music

Columbia University
Instructor: Fall 2014/Spring 2015/Summer 2015/Fall 2015/Spring 2016/Summer 2016/Summer 2017
Teaching Assistant: Spring 2013

  • Foster students’ development of critical listening skills
  • Familiarize students with major works of the western art music repertoire
  • Equip students with vocabulary to articulate analytical and evaluative arguments regarding music and sound, in oral and written forms
  • In Fall 2015 and Spring 2016, I implemented the Columbia-developed Mediathread annotation tool in my Music Humanities classes; students used the tool to complete daily annotated listening assignments, as well as a number of larger audiovisually rich essay assignments throughout the semester.

Music V3128: History of Western Music I

Columbia University
Teaching Assistant and Reader: Fall 2013

English 197: Interdisciplinary Writing Program – Writing About Music

University of Washington
Teaching Assistant with primary responsibility for instruction: Fall 2011, Spring 2012

Music 121: The Orchestra

University of Washington
Teaching Assistant with primary responsibility for instruction: Summer 2012



Invited Panelist, Enabling Productive Music-Analytical Classroom Discussions (November 2016)

      • Presented on fostering effective in-class close readings of audiovisual material, focusing especially on cultivating such skills in early-semester class meetings.
      • Led discussion and hands-on exercises in which attending instructors modeled a variety of class-leading techniques.

Meyerson Award for Excellence in Core Teaching (2016)

Lead Teaching Fellow, Columbia University Department of Music (2015-2016)

      • Developed and ran pedagogy-centered workshops in my home department of music, liaising through the Columbia Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL).
        • In Fall 2015, ran a music department workshop on using Mediathread—a Columbia-developed media annotation platform—in Music Humanities courses. After a semester of pioneering the use of this tool for this particular class, presented findings to the body of Music Humanities instructors.
        • In Spring 2016, ran a music department event workshopping writing prompts for Music Humanities, resulting in a compendium of newly-created writing prompts posted to a shared Music Humanities course wiki page.
      • Facilitated greater engagement between graduate students and faculty in the music department and programs and support staff in the CTL.

Certified Participant, Columbia GSAS Innovative Summer Teaching Institute (Summer 2015)

      • Designed and developed several innovative multimedia assignments over the course of the intensive four-day, collaborative, multidisciplinary institute.
      • Developed a pioneering pedagogical use of the Columbia-made annotation tool Mediathread.

GSAS Conference Matching Travel Grant (2015)

      • For travel to IASPM-Canada conference, May 2015

Herbert L. Hutner Fellowship (2014-2015)

Adelyn Peck Scholarship, University of Washington School of Music (2010-2012)

Boeing Fellowship, University of Washington (2010-2011)

F. Champion Ward Travel Grant, University of Chicago (2009)

      • For independent research in England, directed towards BA honors thesis


Co-Chair, Columbia Music Scholarship Conference (Spring 2017)

      • Oversaw program committee, secured funding, and helped manage publicity, catering, scheduling, and programming for Columbia Music Department’s yearly graduate-run conference.

Reviews Editor, Current Musicology: Issue 99 (Spring 2015)

      • Solicited, managed, and edited book and manuscript reviews for Current Musicology’s Fiftieth Anniversary issue.

Social Media Manager, Columbia Music Scholarship Conference (Spring 2016)

      • Managed and oversaw social media branding, outreach, and publicity for the annual Columbia Student Music Scholarship conference.

Media Coordinator, Women Music Power Symposium (December 2015)

      • Coordinated media outreach for this major symposium, comprising a two-day conference, a concert of new music, and the publication of a Festschrift in honor of Suzanne G. Cusick.
      • Managed and oversaw social media branding, outreach, and publicity for the conference at Columbia University (December 11-12, 2015), including the development of Facebook, Twitter, and other web-based media strategies, and outreach strategies to various print and online outlets.

Social Media Administrator, Current Musicology (2015 – present)

      • Launched Current Musicology’s Twitter account (@CMColumbia) in January 2015.
      • Created and curated content for @CMColumbia, growing the account to over 600 followers.

Editorial Board Member, Current Musicology (2012 – 2013)

      • Evaluated, reviewed, and suggested revisions for article submissions to Current Musicology, Columbia University’s graduate student-run journal.


American Musicological Society
Society for American Music
International Association for the Study of Popular Music – US
Association of Internet Researchers
Society for Cinema and Media Studies
Phi Beta Kappa