Research Interests

I am currently pursuing doctoral studies in music at Stanford University. My current research focuses on the ways in which the music of Cultural Revolution-era China interacted with political ideologies, discursive practices, and the construction of contemporary notions of gender. Other research interests include the ways in which political structures of totalitarian regimes shape creative practices, as well as issues of vocality and vocalism in song and concert repertories of 19th-century Europe. For complete description of scholarly activities, please visit my Stanford profile.

Previous work includes my Master's thesis, in which I investigated how the bureaucratic structure of Germany's National Socialist regime influenced Nazi construction of an aesthetic and artistic program. Other recent work includes topics such as:

  • nationalist appropriations of Chinese folk music traditions in model works and film;
  • musical appropriations by the Nazi regime during Germany's Third Reich; 
  • an examination of Verdi's Aida in its context as a commission by Egyptian ruler Khedive Ismail, and what the Egyptian aristocracy stood to gain through Verdi's overtly orientalist, and extravagantly expensive production;
  • and work on the role of music in contemporary American political campaigns.

Recent scholarly activities include:

  • Chapter: "'Pub Fight' Politics: Of Trump, Music, and Anger Management," in You Shook Me All Campaign Long (Denton, TX: University of North Texas Press, forthcoming 2018). (Peer Reviewed)
  • Paper presentation at Northern California Chapter, Society for Ethnomusicology (upcoming, February 2018)
  • Performer and panelist for round table discussion: Music and Nationalism: Engaging with Orff's Carmina Burana (Stanford University, 2016)
  • Program notes for New Camerata Opera's The Count of Luxembourg and Other Tales: A Viennese Pastiche