Tufts University Lecturer Position

I'm delighted to accept a position as Lecturer at Tufts University, where I will teach "Music, Technology, and Digital Culture" in the Department of Music. The opportunity to teach the course nicely dovetails with my continuing dissertation research on similar topics. Here's a tentative course description: We will explore questions related to music and technology by analyzing …

Syllabus for East Asian Popular Music

This coming Fall, I am excited to teach a course at Brown University that I designed from scratch: "East Asian Popular Music." Here's a snippet from the course description: This course provides a critical overview of the production, reception, and circulation of East Asian popular music. The course applies broad themes—nationalism, race, gender, diaspora, technology, and globalization—to …

Bad Singing, Karaoke, SEM

My abstract, "Bad Singing and Karaoke Virtuosity: Failure and Success at the Providence Boombox," has been accepted for the upcoming Society for Ethnomusicology conference in Washington D.C. Here's the abstract I submitted: The rise of karaoke communities around the world demonstrates how the performance of popular music in local scenes involves particularized aesthetic ideas of …

Pathology, Fandom, and the Society for American Music

I recently presented my paper at the Society for American Music Conference in Cambridge, Massachusetts. My panel--"Noise, Silence, and Musical Embodiment"--featured presentations from Will Cheng, Sara Ballance, and Megan Murph. Here's a short abstract for my paper titled "Pathology, Fandom, and the Origins of Air Guitar": In the 1980s, people used the term “air guitar” …

Defining My Fields, Qualifying Exams

Preparation for my qualifying exams provided a great opportunity to broaden my knowledge of ethnomusicology and popular music studies, and, in particular, it gave me an excuse to read some incredible monographs that have been collecting dust on my bookshelf since I began this program. Developing these exams also involved developing abstracts that delimit the boundaries …

Out of Thin Air at the Society for Ethnomusicology

At the annual Society for Ethnomusicology meeting in Austin, Texas, I presented a paper titled "Out of Thin Air: Technology, Media, and the Air Guitar World Championships." Here's the abstract for the presentation: At the 2014 Air Guitar World Championships, Eric “Mean” Melin impaled himself with an air guitar. During one-minute competition routines, air guitarists …