Work Experience

Teaching Experience

  • George Mason University
    • 2020-2021: Teaching Assistant in History
      • Course: Western Civilization
    • 2018-2020: Adjunct Professor of Ethnomusicology
      • Course: Musics of the World
  • Arizona State University
    • 2012-2013: Teaching Assistant in Ethnomusicology
      • Course: Music As Culture
    • 2012: Teaching Assistant in Musicology
      • Course: History of Women in Music

Awards and Grants

  • George Mason University
    • 2020-2024: Graduate Teaching Assistantship
  • American Musical Instrument Society
    • 2013: Frederick R. Selch Award for Best Student Paper
    • 2012, 2013: Gribbon Award for Student Travel
  • Arizona State University
    • 2012-2013: Graduate Teaching Assistantship
    • 2012, 2013: Musicology Presentation Grant
  • University of Oregon
    • 2009: Outstanding Undergraduate Scholar in Music History
    • 2004-2009: Western Undergraduate Exchange Scholarship
    • 2004-2009: School of Music Scholarship

Invited Lectures

  • Guest Lecture: “The Women of Fender,” Music History Graduate Seminar, Arizona State University (April 13, 2020)
  • Guest Lecture: “Archival Research Methods,” Graduate Research Methods Course, George Washington University (April 9, 2020)
  • Invited Speaker: “The Auloi of Meroë: Preserving and Interpreting an Ancient Musical Treasure,” Topics in Preservation Series, Library of Congress, Washington DC (April 10, 2018)
  • Panelist: “Crossing Fields, Crossing (Career) Paths: Roundtable on Careers in Ethnomusicology,” Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology meeting, University of Maryland (March 24, 2018)

Selected Public Papers, Presentations, and Posters

  • “Women of Fender,” 49th Annual American Musical Instrument Society Conference, Calgary, Alberta (Accepted: COVID cancellation)
  • “Streamlined and Sonic: Industrial Design and the Musical Instruments of John Vassos,” 45th Annual Society for American Music Conference, New Orleans, LA (March 21, 2019)
  • “Fine-tuned Design: Musical Instruments of John Vassos,” American Musical Instrument Society Conference, Bethlehem, PA (May 23, 2018)
  • “A Study of Afghan Rubabs in Museum Collections,” American Musical Instrument Society Conference, Vermillion, SD (May 21, 2016)
  • “A Narrow Escape from Nazi-Occupied Europe: Mark Brunswick and the National Committee for Refugee Musicians,” American Musical Instrument Society Conference, Williamsburg, VA (May 31, 2013)
  • “Portraits of Private Music: Case Studies of Music, Musical Instruments and People in Holocaust Concentration Camps,” American Musical Instrument Society Conference, NYC (May 18, 2012)

Public Programs

  • Museum of Fine Arts
    • 2017: Art in Tune
    • 2017: Banjo Stories: From Africa to Appalachia (w/Jake Blount)
    • 2017: Music from the Lodz Ghetto (w/Cantor Lynn Torgove)
    • 2016: Bluegrass to the Beatles: Instruments that Rock
    • 2013-2017: Musical Instrument Lecture/Demonstrations

Professional Affiliations

  • American Musical Instrument Society
    • Board Member
  • Society for Ethnomusicology
    • Founder and Co-Chair, Organology Special Interest Group
  • International Committee of Museums (ICOM)
    • CIMCIM Subcommittee for Musical Instrument Museums
  • Fairfax County NAACP
    • Education Committee
    • Young Adult Committee