I am a scholar, teacher, and writer in Washington, DC. Before joining the NYU Washington, DC Program of New York University as Assistant Director for Academic Affairs, I was editor and podcast host 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).

Blog Posts

    Sydney Boyd

    Profile picture of Sydney Boyd


    Active 11 months, 2 weeks ago