University of California, Los Angeles: Ph.D., Musicology (expected 2027)
Advisor: Dr. Robert Fink

California State University, Long Beach: M.A., Musicology (2022)
Masters Thesis: “Streets is Talkin”: Music as Real and Imagined Musical Space Through Three Generations of Compton Musicians
Advisor: Dr. Elizabeth Lindau

University of California, Los Angeles: B.A., Music History (2009)
Undergraduate Honors Thesis: The Story is in the Soil: A Perspective in Popular Musical Analysis via Bright Eyes’ Lifted…
Advisor: Dr. Robert Fink

Fellowships and Awards

2024 Hugo and Christine Davise Fund for Contemporary Music, Sounds Promising (journal), Read more
2022 CSULB College of the Arts Outstanding Graduate Thesis Award
2021-22 Graduate Research Fellowship
2020-22 Cole Scholarship


2022 IASPM-US: ‘More Than One Way Home’: Keb’ Mo’s Compton
2023 XXI Biannual Conference, IASPM International: What Does a Republican Sound Like?
2024 IASPM-US: What Does a Democrat Sound Like

Teaching Experience

As Graduate Teaching Assistant
Writing About Music (UCLA): Fall 2023
Film and Music (UCLA): Winter 2024
Music Business Now (UCLA): Spring 2024
Popular Music in America (CSULB): Fall 2020, Spring 2021

As Sole Instructor
Listener’s Approach to Music (CSULB): Fall 2021

Research Interests

Popular music studies
Sound studies
Music and place/space
Music in marginalized communities
Human geography
Music and far-right politics

Related Work Experience

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Sounds Promising
Co-Editor and Co-Founder
March 2024 to present

Brooklyn Conservatory of Music
Contractor, Special Projects
February 2024 to present

California Institute of Technology
Assistant Director of Alumni Programs & Engagement
July 2022 to October 2023

The Colburn School
Manager of Alumni and Parent Relations
March 2019 to July 2022

Brooklyn Conservatory of Music
Development Associate
January 2018 to February 2019

UCLA Department of Musicology
Assistant to the Chairs & Graduate Advisor
May 2016 to September 2017

Professional Affiliations

American Musicological Society
Society for American Music
International Association for the Study of Popular Music, U.S.
Council for the Advancement and Support of Education