Assistant Dean and Assistant ProfessorDepartment of Music
B.M., James Madison University
M.M., University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Ph.D., The University of Georgia
As an Association Dean in the College of Arts & Sciences, I advise Transfer students. I encourage students to visit my office to discuss their transition to UVA, intellectual curiosities, short- and long-term academic plans, and strategies for balancing coursework with life responsibilities. Above all, I wish for my students to be academically successful and to take advantage of the many resources available to them at UVA.
My research interests include cultural memory, performance repetition, public history, and environmental sound. I am particularly interested in the reiteration of musical performances to mark landscapes and influence historical memory. My most recent ethnographic work about musical memorialscapes in the southern United States explores the values that communities assign to history through selective music preservation, and is forthcoming in The Oxford Handbook of Musical Repatriation (OUP, 2017). I have served on the Society for Ethnomusicology Council, as media review editor for the Society for American Music Bulletin, and as secretary of the Society for Ethnomusicology gender and sexualities taskforce.
I hold degrees in musicology/ethnomusicology, music performance, music education, and graduate certificates in women’s studies, and interdisciplinary university teaching. Prior to my role as Association Dean, I taught in the School of Music and Institute for Women’s Studies at The University of Georgia, in the School of Liberal Arts at Georgia Gwinnett College, and as a Frederick Douglass Teaching Scholar at West Chester University. I am also an active clarinetist, and an avid supporter of the arts.