I teach music, media, and ethics at Dartmouth College. Working at the topical crossroads of sound, politics, and power, I advocate for interpersonal care as a principal component of academic and activist labors. My current research explores how people's spoken and unspoken judgments of others' artistic, musical, and rhetorical abilities give rise to just versus unjust social relations.
My books include Sound Play: Video Games and the Musical Imagination (Oxford University Press, 2014, published with AMS 75 PAYS Subvention), Just Vibrations: The Purpose of Sounding Good (University of Michigan Press, 2016, recipient of the AMS Philip Brett Award and named a 2016 Book of the Year by Times Higher Education), All the Beautiful Musicians (f. Oxford, supported by Harvard's William F. Milton Fund), Touching Pitch: Dirt, Debt, Color (f. Michigan), and the edited volume Queering the Field (f. Oxford, with Gregory Barz).
My academic articles appear in Critical Inquiry, Ethnomusicology, Journal of the American Musicological Society, Journal of the Society for American Music, 19th-Century Music, and Cambridge Opera Journal. I blog for Huffington Post and have written op-eds for TIME, Washington Post, Pacific Standard, Slate, RYOT.org, and Musicology Now. I serve on the editorial and advisory boards for The Journal of the Society for American Music, Music & the Moving Image, Women & Music, Ethnomusicology Review, and Sensate. In past years, I've enjoyed giving classical piano recitals featuring improvisations on themes from the audience.