Musicologist and Arts Administrator
I am a musicologist, project manager, and arts administrator in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. I received my Ph.D. in musicology at the Florida State University in 2014. Originally from Fargo, North Dakota, I studied bassoon performance and American Studies at the University of Iowa. I have taught courses in popular music, world music, American roots music, and the music of Latin America at FSU and have also taught music appreciation courses at the Tallahassee Community College. My research has focused on cultural diplomacy in the performing arts with a particular focus on U.S.-Cuban musical diplomacy in the Obama era. Most recently, I administered the policies and procedures for all grant programs at the Florida Department of State, which involved overseeing funding opportunities for cultural organizations, artists, historic preservation projects, and libraries while managing grants-related projects. I previously worked as the information specialist at the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, Florida’s state arts agency. I oversaw the Division’s social media efforts and planned a variety of cultural events for the state. As a part of my work as a musicologist and arts administrator, I also have experience in audio engineering and filmmaking.
More about me and my research:
I designed and launched Florida Music Tours, an educational and cultural heritage tourism website for the Florida Department of State, including the research and writing of the blues-related content.
The Americans for the Arts ARTSblog invited me to be a guest blogger as part of their Emerging Leaders Blog Salon. Visit blog.artsusa.org to read my post, “Another Wide River to Cross: Incentivizing an Arts District in Tallahassee.”
You can view a talk given at the Museum of Florida History for Hispanic Heritage Month, entitled “The Rise of Latin Music in the U.S. and Florida: From the Peanut Vendor to the Miami Sound Machine.”
My book, Harmony and Normalization: U.S.-Cuban Musical Diplomacy in the Obama Years, is forthcoming from the University Press of Mississippi.