I am an ethnomusicologist, educator, and musician, having completed my PhD (summer 2014) at the University of Florida. While in North and West Africa for three years (partially funded by a Fulbright grant to Fez, Morocco in 2012-13) I carried out research on the relationship between ethics and aesthetics in popular manifestations of religious music. In the fall of 2014, I will begin a position at Florida State University.
I teach undergraduate courses on world music and American popular music, both live and online. I performed regularly on violin and viola in North Florida with the Gainesville Chamber Orchestra, the Ocala Symphony Orchestra, the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra, and the Albany Symphony Orchestra.
Other pastimes include: fiddlin’ between sips of good beer, banjo plucking, singing poorly, and setting a good bass line down in a funky pocket.