I am trained as a keyboardist, musicologist, and archivist with degrees from Pomona College (B.A., Music), the University of Southern California (M.A., Music History & Literature), Duke University (Ph.D., Musicology), and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (M.S., Library Science, Archives & Records Management Concentration).
I spent the early 2000s as a freelance classical music critic for the Santa Barbara News-Press, the Ventura County Star and the VC Reporter before getting a Ph.D. in musicology. As a scholar, my research focuses on 20th century U.S. topics related to consumer culture, masculinity, and social class, with particular interest in the Early Music revival, DIY instrument building, the social life of the Canon, and the gender politics of J.S. Bach reception ca. 1965-1972.
Since 2006, I've also been working as an archivist, at Duke University Archives, the John W. Hartman Center for Sales, Advertising & Marketing History, the Southern Folklife Collection, the Library of Congress' Music Division, and (currently) the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. I specialize in the technical services aspects of archives (processing, creating finding aids, cataloging, digitizing), and am especially devoted to materials documenting the history of U.S. vernacular cultures (and especially music).
I also collect records featuring either: 1) the harpsichord in non-Classical genres or 2) interesting portraits of J.S. Bach on the album cover. Scans of many of these records are included on this site.
LinkedIn profile -- Popular Music article on Cobain's journals -- American Music article on DIY harpsichords -- Posts for NYPL blog -- Posts for SFC "Field Trip South" blog -- A few of my finding aids -- An article on Duke's radio station for the alumni magazine -- Article on my dissertation from Duke fundraising mag -- Duke harpsichord kit blog -- (Brief) review of my harpsichord playing at Scarlathon 2006 -- "Music & Manhood" course blog -- "Memo Slips" drawings