My first monograph, Threshold, Dreamscape, Substance, Screen: Contemporary Opera and/as Medium, which maps the expanding territory of contemporary opera in the twenty-first century, is now under contract at the University of Michigan Press. In it, I find precedent for recent developments in twentieth-century opera; link pieces from apparently distinct schools and sensibilities by examining their shared preoccupations with media and mediation; and synthesize ideas and approaches from media theory, performance studies, literary criticism, political philosophy, and musicology. I’m thrilled to be working with UM Press Editorial Director and Senior Acquiring Editor for Music and Media Studies Mary Francis on this project. I’m also slated to contribute a chapter for the forthcoming volume Thomas Adès Studies, edited by Philip Stoecker and Edward Venn for Cambridge University Press.
My academic book and media reviews have appeared in German Studies Review and the Journal of the Society for American Music. Please see the curriculum vitae below for more information about my talks, teaching experience, publications, professional service, public musicology efforts, and more. You can find a writing sample here; it's a conference paper I presented at the 2017 IASPM-US Conference in Cleveland, Ohio, and a preview of the article I’m finishing up as of winter 2019.
I've written for Musicology Now, the official blog of the American Musicological Society; find my piece here. I contribute album reviews for I Care if You Listen, one of the internet's finest blogs on contemporary music. I also review concerts for Cleveland Classical, Northeast Ohio's welcoming home for performance listings, previews, and all-around excellent coverage and criticism. I could hardly want for more helpful, patient, and professional editors than Amanda Cook of ICIYL and Daniel Hathaway and Mike Telin of Cleveland Classical.
"Lulu's Daughters: Portraying the Anti-Heroine in Contemporary Opera, 1993-2013," my doctoral dissertation, is available upon request. I write program notes for various Northeast Ohio performing arts organizations, and hope to have an archive of these posted here soon.
As of spring 2019, I teach hip-hop history and culture in the SAGES (Seminar Approach to General Education and Scholarship) undergraduate writing program at Case Western Reserve University, and music literature in the School of Music at the University of Akron. I also facilitate an online course, “Music, Self, and Society,” for the Berklee College of Music. My teaching portfolio, last updated in mid-2018 and therefore not quite current, is available for download here. I also maintain "living" versions of my course syllabi online, via Google Docs. Learn more about my Spring 2018 History of Rock 'n' Roll course here.
For more information or to get in touch, you can find me on Twitter, LinkedIn, Academia, and Humanities Commons. I also use the course management system Canvas, and my past courses and course materials are posted in the Canvas Commons for users to view, download, and adapt for their own pedagogical needs.