I am a freelance writer, saxophonist, and recovering academic. I finished my PhD in American Studies at the University of Kansas in 2014, where I studied jazz criticism, black music, and cultural and critical theory. My dissertation, which won the 2014 Marine and Bill Argersinger Dissertation Prize, is entitled “Firing the Canon: Multiple Insularities in Jazz Criticism.” I am a copywriter at Duke University Press.
My writing has been published in Downbeat, Cuepoint, Earshot Jazz, American Studies, Jazz Perspectives, and the New Grove Dictionary of American Music. I have played baritone and tenor sax with big bands in Kansas City and Idaho, performed with and composed for the Black House Improvisers Collective, and performed with multiple avant-garde small groups.