I am a teacher, scholar, and writer in the Fingers Lakes region of New York, where I work as Assistant Professor of Writing at Wells College. Before joining Wells, I served as Assistant Director for Academic Affairs at the NYU Washington, DC Global Academic Center and as an editor at the Federation of State Humanities Councils.  As a scholar, I study how music shapes narrative temporalities in twentieth-century literature stretching from E. M. Forster’s 1907 The Longest Journey to Robert Ashley’s 2011 opera-novel Quicksand. As a post-doctoral fellow at Rice University in 2019, I organized the first performance of John Luther Adams’ Inuksuit, an environmental work scored for between 9 and 99 percussionists, to feature a landscape installation created specifically for the piece.

As an arts critic, I have published articles on opera, Classical music, dance, visual art, and film for Houstonia Magazine, Houston Chronicle, Bachtrack, ArtsJournal, Arts + Culture Texas Magazine, and the Washington Classical Review. I hold a Ph.D. and M.A. in English from Rice University and degrees in music and English from the University of Idaho.


BA, University of Idaho

MA, Rice U

PhD, Rice U


“The Color of Sound: Hearing Timbre in Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man.” Arizona Quarterly 74.3 (Fall 2018).

“The Overtone over Robert Ashley’s Opera Novel Quicksand.” Contemporary Literature (Fall 2020).

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