Publications, Presentations, & Awards



“Out of Thin Air: Configurability, Choreography, and the Air Guitar World Championships.” Ethnomusicology. 61(3). Fall 2017.

“An Aesthetic of Objectification: Kehinde Wiley’s Princess of Victoire of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha.” Pennsylvania Literary Review 5(2), pp. 29-36, 64. August 2013.

“Shoes as a Symbol of Romantic Mobility in Zora Neal Hurston’s Jonah’s Gourd Vine.” The Explicator 71(2), pp. 103-106. July 2013.

Under Review

Co-authored with Paul Renfro. “‘This is Not Normal’: Gender, Ability, and Age in the Resistance to Trumpism.” (under review at Social Text).

“Air Apparent: A Cultural History of Air Playing, Air Guitar, and Air Bands in the United States.” (under review at American Quarterly).


“On Listening and Embodiment.” Theopoetics: A Space for Thinkers, Doers, and Makers. Arts, Religion, Culture (ARC). Boston. Upcoming March 2017.

“Conspicuous Listening: Lip Syncing and the Performance of Popular Music Consumption on YouTube.” Society for Ethnomusicology. Denver. October 2017.

“Karaoke: Global Technology, Local Practice.” Host of Panel Discussion with Professional Karaoke DJs at Launch of Karaoke Gallery Exhibit. Asian Arts & Culture Center at Towson University. February 2017.

“Bad Singing and Karaoke Virtuosity: Failure and Success at the Providence Boombox.” Society for Ethnomusicology. Washington D.C. November 2016.

“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. Austin. December 2015.

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

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

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


  • Lise Waxer Popular Music Section SEM Student Paper Prize Honorable Mention 2017
  • Joukowsky Summer Research Award, Brown University 2017
  • Brown University Department of Music Teaching Fellow 2016
  • Association for Recorded Sound Collections Research Grant 2015
  • Joukowsky Summer Research Award, Brown University 2014
  • Edgar Lewis Marston Graduate Fellowship, Brown University 2013-2014
  • Outstanding Research by Master’s Student Award, University of Alabama 2013
  • Graduate Fellowship, University of Alabama   2011-2012