I’m a historical musicologist working at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where I teach courses on music and politics, trauma, memory studies, and memorial culture (along with the more typical music history surveys). My current research focuses on the role that music plays in mourning and commemorative practices in Europe after World War II.


Ph.D. University of Chicago, 2013. Music History and Theory.

B.Mus. University of Toronto, 2006. Music History and Theory.


“Dresden’s Musical Ruins.” Journal of the Royal Musical Association Vol. 144, No. 1 (2019): 83–121.

“Hearing the Nazi Past in the German Democratic Republic: Antifascist Fantasies, Acoustic Realities, and Haunted Memories in Georg Katzer’s Aide – Mémoire (1983).” In Dreams of Germany: Musical Imaginaries from the Concert Hall to the Dance Floor, edited by Thomas Irvine and Neil Gregor, 249–271. New York: Berghahn Press, 2019.

“Tape Work and Memory Work in Postwar Germany.” Twentieth-Century Music Vol. 14, No. 1 (2017): 49–63.

“Hanns Eisler’s Funeral and Cultures of Commemoration in the German Democratic Republic.” In Classical Music in the German Democratic Republic: Production and Reception, edited by Kyle Frackman and Larson Powell, 157–182. Rochester: Camden House, 2015.

Blog Posts


    Monograph in Progress: Socialist Laments: Musical Mourning in the German Democratic Republic.


    American Musicological Society

    German Studies Association

    Society for Music Theory

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