Ph.D., McIntire Department of Music. University of Virginia, 2017.
Dissertation: “‘Rap on the Radio: Making Hip Hop into Hit Pop, 1986-1994.”
Committee: Drs. Karl Hagstrom Miller (Chair), Fred Maus, Jack Hamilton, Grace Hale.
B.A., Music and Mathematics (with Honors). Macalester College, 2008.
RESEARCH AND TEACHING FIELDS
Popular Music, Media Studies, Music and Race, Music History, Radio Industry, Music Analysis, American Music, Piano, Choral Conducting.
2017-2018. Visiting Assistant Professor of American Music, Amherst College, Amherst, MA.
“‘Check Out the Hook While My DJ Revolves It’: How the Music Industry Made Rap into Pop in the Late 1980s” (7000 words). In The Oxford Handbook of Hip Hop Music Studies, edited by Jason Lee Oakes and Justin D. Burton. Oxford University Press, forthcoming.
FELLOWSHIPS AND AWARDS
2016-2017. Dean’s Dissertation Completion Fellowship, University of Virginia.
2016. David Sanjek Graduate Student Paper Prize, International Association for the
Study of Popular Music – United States.
2011-2015. Velimirovic Fellowship, University of Virginia.
“Rap on the Radio: How Hip Hop Became Mainstream.” Paper will be presented at the American Musicological Society Annual Meeting, Rochester, NY, 2017.
“Fear of a Black Planet: American Radio Responds to Rap’s Popularity in the Early 1990s.” Paper presented at the Society for American Music Annual Meeting,Montreal, QC, 2017.
“Rap’s Merchandise: How Commodified Musical Artifacts Affect Historical Narratives.” Paper presented at the American Musicological Society/Society for Music Theory Annual Meeting, Vancouver, BC, 2016.
“‘Hip-Hop, Got Turned into Hit Pop’: How Crossover Radio Stations Influenced the Growth of Rap in the Late 1980s.” Paper presented at the International Association for the Study of Popular Music – United States/Canada Annual Meeting, Calgary, AB, 2016.
“Ballroom Aesthetics: Evaluating Adaptations in Ravel’s La Valse.” Paper presented at the South Central Graduate Music Consortium Conference, Charlottesville, VA, 2012.
Visiting Assistant Professor of American Music at Amherst College
Fall 2017 Hip Hop History and Culture
Fall 2017 Sounding Race in American Popular Music, 1955-present
Instructor of Record at University of Virginia
Spring 2017 Music and Discourse
Fall 2016 Keyboard Skills
Summer 2016 History of American Popular Music
Spring 2015 Theory II
Spring 2013 Theory II
Fall 2012 Theory I
Spring 2012 Musicianship II
Graduate Teaching Assistant at University of Virginia
Fall 2014 Popular Musics (Dr. Karl Hagstrom Miller)
Spring 2014 History of Jazz (Dr. Scott DeVeaux)
Fall 2013 Technosonics (Dr. Matthew Burtner)
Fall 2011 Musicianship III (Dr. Adam Carter)
2009-2011 Choral Director, Lausanne Collegiate School, Memphis, TN.
2008-2009 Music Director, Maine School of Science and Mathematics,Limestone, ME.
2016-2017 Graduate Student Teaching Consultant, University of Virginia Center
for Teaching Excellence.
2016 Participant, Course Design Institute, University of Virginia Center for
2015-2017 Participant, Tomorrow’s Professor Today, University of Virginia Center
for Teaching Excellence.