Musicologist and Arts Administrator
I am a musicologist and arts administrator in Tallahassee, Florida. 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. Currently, I work as the head of grants management and the grants outreach coordinator at the Florida Department of State where I oversee funding opportunities for cultural organizations, artists, historic preservation projects, libraries, and more. I previously worked as an Arts Consultant at the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs where I was a grants program manager and the public information specialist. 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 recently designed and launched Florida Music Tours, an educational and cultural heritage tourism website for the Florida Department of State.
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 dissertation, Beyond the Blockade: An Ethnomusicological Study of the Policies and Aspirations for U.S.-Cuban Musical Interaction, is available online through Proquest, and my Master’s Thesis “Head-to-Head Musical Conflict: The Competitive Aspects of Hip Hop Culture in Rap, Dance, and DJ Battles” can be found in the FSU DigiNole Commons.