I hold a Ph.D in Ethnomusicology from SOAS, University of London (2017), an M.A. in Ethnomusicology (UBC 2008), and a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies (UBC 2006). My research focusses on the cultural study of musical instruments, multi-sited ethnography, historiography, music revival, and transnational subcultures and scenes.
My primary research project is an ethnographic study of jew’s harp revival communities based on multi-sited fieldwork in Norway, Austria, Sicily, and online. My work uses the jew’s harp to examine how musical instruments reflect changing tastes, technologies, and social identities, and how transnational music communities are changing radically in the digital age. This research was supported by a Doctoral Fellowship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), and a Research Scholarship from SOAS, University of London.
I am currently a sessional lecturer in music at Simon Fraser University and Vancouver Community College. My teaching interests include the music of sub-Saharan Africa and its diaspora; the trans-Atlantic feedback cycle; music transnationalism through a global, post-colonial lens; exoticism, fusion, and appropriation; gender and sexuality; critical approaches to power and underrepresentation in academia and the music industry. Regions of specialization: West Africa, South Africa, the Caribbean, North America, India, and Indonesia.
I serve on the Executive Committee of the British Forum for Ethnomusicology and am the Book Notes editor for the Yearbook for Traditional Music. I have been a Board member with the International Jew's Harp Society since 2011 and previously served as Executive Director of the Jew's Harp Guild and the North American Jew's Harp Festival (2011 & 2012), and President of the SOAS Mouth Harp Society (2012-2015).