Publications, Presentations, & Awards

Selected Publications

“Out of Thin Air: Configurability, Choreography, and the Air Guitar World Championships.” Ethnomusicology. 63(1). (forthcoming fall 2017)

“An Aesthetic of Objectification: Kehinde Wiley’s Princess of Victoire of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha.” Pennsylvania Literary Review 5(2), August 2013.

“Shoes as a Symbol of Romantic Mobility in Zora Neal Hurston’s Jonah’s Gourd Vine.” The Explicator 71(2), July 2013.

“‘A Style Applied to Things’: The Aural Improvisation in Langston Hughes’ The Weary Blues.” Criterion 5(1), January 2012.

Selected Presentations 

“Karaoke: Global Technology, Local Practice.” Chair of Panel Discussion with Professional KJs at Asian Arts & Culture Center at Towson University. February 2017.

“Pathology, Fandom, and the Origins of Air Guitar.” Society for American Music. Boston. March 2016.

“Out of Thin Air: Technology, Media, and the Air Guitar World Championships.” Society for Ethnomusicology. University of Texas. December 2015.

“Hip Hop, Ecology, and Climate Change.” Seizing an Alternative: Toward An Ecological Civilization. Claremont Graduate School and Pomona College. May 2015.

‘“To Air is Human’: Virtual Performance and the International Air Guitar Competition.” CUNY Graduate Students in Music Conference. CUNY. April 2015.

“The Legacy of the Minstrel Mask: Race in American Popular Music, 1830-1930.” Feb. 2012. Southern Studies: The Auburn Montgomery Liberal Arts Conference. Montgomery, Alabama.

“Chinese Culture and Orientalism in International Cinema: The Implications of  “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” and “The Wedding Banquet ” Apr. 2010. Associated Colleges of the South Annual Chinese Studies Conference. Atlanta, Georgia.                

“A Web of Human Relations: On the Confucian Concept of the Individual in The Analects.”Apr. 2009. Associated Colleges of the South Annual Chinese Studies Conference. Atlanta, Georgia.

Community Outreach & Public Works

Guest Curator for Karaoke: Asia’s Global Sensation at Towson University. Asian Arts & Culture Center. Exhibition from February to May 2017.

Keynote Speaker at 20th Anniversary Air Guitar Championships. “A HistAIRry of Air Guitar.” World in Oulu, Finland. August 2016.

Research Blog

  • airguitarbyrd.wordpress.com

Recognition & Awards

  • Joukowsky Summer Research Award (2017)
  • Brown University Department of Music Teaching Fellow (2016)
  • Association for Recorded Sound Collections Research Award (2015)
  • Joukowsky Summer Research Award  (2014)
  • Brown University Edgar Lewis Marston Graduate Fellowship (2013-2014)
  • Outstanding Research by a Master’s Student Award from U. of Alabama’s College of Arts & Sciences (2013)
  • University of Alabama Graduate Fellow (2011-2012)
  • Phi Beta Kappa, Trinity University Chapter (2010)