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Education

  • 2026 (expected), PhD in History, George Mason University
  • 2015, MA in Music History and Literature, Arizona State University
  • 2009, BA in Music History and Literature, University of Oregon

Employment Experience

  • George Mason University (2018-2020)
    • Adjunct Professor of Ethnomusicology
  • Georgetown University Libraries (2018-2019)
    • Music Manuscript Cataloger
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (2013-2017)
    • Curatorial Research Fellow, Musical Instruments
  • Arizona State University: College of Public Programs (2012-2013)
    • Assistant Art Coordinator
  • Musical Instrument Museum (2009-2011)
    • Curatorial Assistant, Musical Instruments
    • Artist Relations Coordinator, MIM Music Theater

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

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

Professional Affiliations

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