Ph.D. in English, Stony Brook University (2014)

M.A. in English, St. John’s University (NY) (2004)

B.A. in English, St. John’s University (NY) (2002)


as editor: Murray Talks Music: Albert Murray on Jazz and Blues (U of Minnesota P, 2016), Rifftide: The Life and Opinions of Papa Jo Jones (U of Minnesota P, 2011). as co-editor (with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.): Albert Murray: Collected Essays and Memoirs (Library of America, 2016).

recent peer-reviewed articles: “Jazz Autobiography and the Cold War” (Popular Music and Society 38.2, Winter 2015), “Ann Petry, Ralph Ellison, and Two Representations of Live Jazz Performance” (American Studies 54.3, Fall 2015).

Blog Posts


    An Albert Murray bibliography. A study of Ralph Ellison’s representations of sound. Volume two of Albert Murray’s works (fiction and poetry) for the Library of America (forthcoming spring 2018).

    Upcoming Talks and Conferences

    March 6: participant in celebration of Albert Murray at the American Repertory Theater, Cambridge, MA

    March 23: presentation on Murray Talks Music, Virginia Festival of the Book, Charlottesville, VA

    March 24: paper to be delivered at NeMLA, Baltimore: “Rudolph Fisher’s Whodunit of Ideas: The Conjure-Man Dies and the Tensions of Modernity” (panel: “The Un-Thirties”)


    MLA, NeMLA, PEN American Center, National Book Critics Circle, Authors Guild, Jazz Journalists Association, MELUS

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