PhD candidate in historical musicology, University of Pennsylvania (in progress, est. graduation 2021)

MMus historical musicology, King’s College London (2014)

BA Hons Music, University of Nottingham (2010)


“Angels in the Archive: Animating the Past in Written on Skin.” In Recomposing the Past: Early Music on Stage and Screen, edited by James Cook, Alexander Kolassa and Adam Whittaker, 174–187. London: Routledge, 2018.

Blog Posts


    Video: “Overhearing on the Plantation: Witnesses and Spectators,” for Society of American Music Annual Conference 2020

    Video: …Paper which had once been white’: Interacting Invitation Practices in Colonial Antigua,” for symposium American Contact: Intercultural Exchange and the History of the Book, 2020

    Manifesto: Decolonizing the Music Survey: A Manifesto for Action” with David Chavannes, Temple University Theory, History, and Ethnomusicology Society (THEMUS), Philadelphia 2018


    Upcoming Talks and Conferences

    November 2020 “Familiar Strangers: Enslaved Black Women’s Listening Practices and the Afterlives of Slavery in Musical Thought,” American Musicology Society Annual Conference


    American Historical Association

    American Musicological Society

    North American British Music Studies Association

    Society for American Music

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