As an Associate Professor of Music at Dartmouth College, I teach courses in history, media, ethics, disability, race, and digital games. Working at the crossroads of critical inquiry and public engagement, I advocate for interpersonal care as the heart of academic and activist labors. I explore how people's spoken and unspoken judgments of others' artistic, musical, and rhetorical abilities kindle just versus unjust social relations (veneration, exoneration, violence). I'm a founding coeditor of the new Music & Social Justice series published by University of Michigan Press.
My books include Sound Play: Video Games and the Musical Imagination (Oxford University Press, 2014, published with AMS 75 PAYS Subvention) and Just Vibrations: The Purpose of Sounding Good (University of Michigan Press, 2016, recipient of the AMS Philip Brett Award and named a 2016 Book of the Year by Times Higher Education). Projects in the oven include Loving Music Till It Hurts (f. Oxford, supported by Harvard's William F. Milton Fund), Touching Pitch: Dirt, Debt, Color (f. Michigan), Queering the Field (f. Oxford, ed. with Greg Barz), and A Cultural History of Music in the Modern Age (f. Bloomsbury Academic, ed. with Danielle Fosler-Lussier).
My academic articles have appeared in Critical Inquiry, Ethnomusicology, Journal of Popular Music Studies, Current Musicology, Journal of the American Musicological Society, Journal of the Society for American Music, 19th-Century Music, and Cambridge Opera Journal, and I have written op-eds for TIME Magazine, Washington Post, Pacific Standard, Slate, RYOT, Musicology Now, and Huffington Post. I currently serve on the boards of Journal of the Society for American Music, Music & the Moving Image, Women & Music, Ethnomusicology Review, Sound Studies, and Sensate. Between 2012–16, I was a Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows. In past years, I've enjoyed giving classical piano recitals featuring improvisations on themes from the audience.