Ethnomusicologist and Arts Administrator
I am a musicologist and arts administrator in Tallahassee, Florida. I received my Ph.D. in at the Florida State University in 2014 where I wrote my dissertation on U.S.-Cuban musical interactions and cultural diplomacy. 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, and American roots music at FSU and also sometimes teach at the Tallahassee Community College. Currently, I work as the Grants and 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. I am currently completing a book project tentatively titled U.S.-Cuban Musical Diplomacy: Harmony and Normalization in the Obama Era.
More about me and my research:
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.