Research

My work revolves around the areas of popular music, disability, digital cultures, and listening norms. This work has been funded by major national grants from the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress and the Association for Recorded Sound Collections, as well as competitive institutional funds from Brown University and Northeastern University. I strive to produce work that generates conversations among specialists in various academic disciplines, as well as non-specialists who are generally interested in these topics. 

PEER-REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS

“Popular Music Reaction Videos: Reactivity, Creator Labor, and the Performance of Listening Online.” New Media and Society. OnlineFirst. Spring 2020.

Co-authored with Paul Renfro. “‘This is Not Normal’: Gender, Ability, and Age in the Resistance to Trumpism.” Disability Studies Quarterly. 39(2). Spring 2019.

“Air Apparent: Amplifying the History of Air Playing, Air Guitar, and Air Bands in the United States.” American Quarterly. 70(4). Winter 2018. (supplementary material from the article)

“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.

WORKS-IN-PROGRESS

Spectacular Listening: The Performance of Music Consumption (Book Manuscript)

“Singing Alone Together: Karaoke Apps and Virtual Music Communities.” Article for Oxford Handbook of Community Singing.

“Against Virtuosity: Karaoke and the Challenge to Technical Mastery.” Article. 

PRESENTATIONS & INVITED TALKS

Chair of Panel. “Hearing and Listening in Everyday Life.” Annual Conference for Society for Cinema and Media Studies. Virtual Conference. April 2021.

“All Songs Considered: How Music Podcasts Normalize Modes of Listening to Popular Music.” Annual Conference for Society for Cinema and Media Studies. Virtual Conference. Upcoming March 2021.

“Listening to Listening: How Music Podcasts Persuasively Model Listening.” Annual Conference for Society for American Music. Upcoming March 2021.

“The Peculiar History of Popular Music Pantomime.” Class Visit at Dartmouth College. February 2021. 

“The Performance of Listening in Digital Cultures.” Fox Center Response Forum XX. Emory University. January 2021. 

“Strategic Reactions: Creators with Disabilities and the Performance of Listening on YouTube.” Symposium on Music, Mediation, Disability: Representation and Access. November 2020.

Chair of Panel. “Listening, Sensing, Circulating in Digital Cultures.” Society for Ethnomusicology. Virtual Conference. October 2020. 

“Listening to Other People Listen: An Analysis of All Songs Considered, Sound Opinions, and Switched on Pop.” Society for Ethnomusicology. Virtual Conference. October 2020.

“The Music of Jean Toomer’s Cane.” Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry. Great Works Seminar. Emory University. October 2020.

“Reaction Videos and Online Ethnographic Methods.” Class Visit at Northeastern University. September 2020.

“Reactive Media: The Theory of Listening in Popular Music Reaction Videos.” Society for American Music. Virtual Conference. July 2020. 

Chair of Panel. “From Audience Member to Media Maker: New Modes of Experiencing Media.” Sponsored by the Fan and Audience Studies Special Interest Group. Society for Cinema and Media Studies. Denver, Colorado. (Cancelled due to COVID-19). March 2020.

“All Songs Considered: How Music Podcasts Normalize Modes of Listening to Popular Music.” Society for Cinema and Media Studies. Denver, Colorado. (Cancelled due to COVID-19). March 2020.

“Click to Share!: How Popular Music Reaction Turn Listening into an Expressive Practice.” Leading Voices Speaker Series. Northeastern University. Boston, Massachusetts. February 2020.

“Popular Music Reaction Videos: Staging the Body as the Material Site of Music Reception.” Northeast Chapter of Society for Ethnomusicology. Colby College. Waterville, Maine. March 2019.

“Sympathetic Resonance: Popular Music Reaction Videos, Disability, and the Performance of Media Consumption.” Society for Cinema and Media Studies. Seattle, Washington. March 2019.

Chair and Organizer of Panel. “Social Listening: Archive, Protest, and Movement.” Society for Cinema and Media Studies. Seattle, Washington. March 2019.

“Spectacular Listening and the Legibility of Disability in the U.S. Air Guitar Championships.” Society for Ethnomusicology. Panel Sponsored by the Disability and Deaf Studies Special Interest Group. Albuquerque, New Mexico. November 2018.

“Watch Me Listen: Lip Syncing Videos on Musical.ly.” Rethinking Sound 2018. Hanyang University. Seoul, South Korea. March 2018.

“Embodied Listening: Explorations at the Intersection of Performance Studies, Ethnomusicology, and Theopoetics.” Theopoetics: A Space for Thinkers, Doers, and Makers. Arts, Religion, Culture (ARC). Boston, Massachusetts. March 2018.

“Fluent Transmission: Lip Syncing, Popular Music Reaction Videos, and the Performance of Music Consumption on YouTube.” Northeast Chapter of Society for Ethnomusicology.  Wellesley College. Wellesley, Massachusetts. March 2018.

“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, Massachusetts. March 2016.

“Out of Thin Air: Technology, Media, and the Air Guitar World Championships.” Society for Ethnomusicology. Austin, Texas. 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. New York City, 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. Montgomery, Alabama. February 2012.

POPULAR PRESS

Interviewed about popular music reaction videos. “Avec les jeunes Américains qui s’ambiancent avec du rap français sur YouTube.” Vice (France). October 20, 2020.

Co-author with Paul M. Renfro. “Disability is Shaping the 2020 Presidential Race—But Not in the Way That It Should.” CounterPunch. July 28, 2020.

Author. “A New Age of Protest Music.” Boston Review. June 22, 2020.

Co-author with Paul M. Renfro. Vectors of VulnerabilityMonthly Review. May 20, 2020.

Part of VICE documentary on U.S. Air Guitar Championships. Winter 2019.

Co-author with Paul M. Renfro. “Why Dismissing President Trump as Mad or Ill is a Big Mistake.” Washington Post. October 4, 2019.

Featured in Public Radio International’s The World.

Interviewed about air guitar research on live broadcast of Top of Mind with Julie Rose.

Interviewed and featured in Smithsonian Magazine in “An Electrifying History of Air Guitar.”

Author. “How Air Guitar Became a Serious Sport.” Published in The Conversation on April 29, 2019 (republished by BBC, Quartz, Chicago Tribune, Democrat Herald, etc.).

Presenter at Brown University’s Research Matters. April 2019.

Curator of “Spectacular Listening: U.S. Air Guitar.” Exhibit in Orwig Music Library. Brown University. February to April 2019.

Featured in Society for Ethnomusicology podcast episode titled “Embodying Air Guitar.”

Host of Panel Discussion called Karaoke: Global Technology, Local Practice Spring 2017.
Asian Arts & Culture Center, Towson University

Interviewed and featured in Boston Globe in “Air Guitar: From Elaborate Lark to Utopian Gesture.”

AWARDS

Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Fox Center for the Humanistic Inquiry at Emory University 2020-2021

Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity Dissemination Grant from the College of Arts, Media and Design at Northeastern University 2020

Blanton Owen Fund Award from the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress 2019

James T. Koetting Prize for Outstanding Graduate Student Paper at NECSEM 2019

Research Matters Finalist at Brown University 2019

Lise Waxer Popular Music Section SEM Student Paper Prize Honorable Mention 2017

Joukowsky Summer Research Award at Brown University 2017

Brown University Department of Music Teaching Fellow 2016

Association for Recorded Sound Collections Research Grant 2015

Joukowsky Summer Research Award at Brown University 2014

Edgar Lewis Marston Graduate Fellowship at Brown University 2013-2014

Outstanding Research by Master’s Student Award at the University of Alabama 2013

Graduate Fellowship at the University of Alabama  2011-2012

Phi Beta Kappa 2010