I am trained as a keyboardist, musicologist, and archivist with degrees from Pomona College (BA, 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 and the Ventura County Star, and subsequently committed myself to academic musicology. As a musicologist, my research interests focus on the 20th century U.S., including the Early Music revival, DIY instrument builders, J.S. Bach reception, and white collar manhood. Since receiving my Ph.D. in 2010, my work has been published in the academic journals Popular Music, American Music and in the New Grove Dictionary of American Music. I'm currently revising a book manuscript on the public fascination with the harpsichord in the mid-century U.S.
Since 2006, I've also been working as an archivist, at Duke University Archives, the John W. Hartman Center for Sales, Advertising & Marketing History, and the Southern Folklife Collection. As an archivist, I am most interested in documents of 20th century U.S. history, popular music and pop culture.
I also collect records, focusing especially on 2 categories: 1) jazz/pop/boogie records (78s, 45s, LPs) that feature the harpsichord, and 2) records with portraits of J.S. Bach on the cover. Many of these records are featured on this site.