I am Associate Professor of Musicology in the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University where I also am core faculty in the Program in Critical Theory as well as an affiliate with the Black Arts Consortium. I write on experimental, modernist, and contemporary music.


Columbia PhD (2009), MPhil (2004), and MA (2003) in Musicology

Rice University BMusic (2001) in Music History and Vocal Performance

Other Publications




Saving Abstraction: Morton Feldman, the de Menils, and the Rothko Chapel. Oxford University Press, 2019.


Morton Feldman: Friendship and Mourning in the New York School.

Bloomsbury Academic. Under contract. Expected 2021.


Peer-Reviewed Articles


Élan vital … and how to fake it: Morton Feldman and Merle Marsicano’s Vernacular Metaphysics.” Contemporary Music Review, 38/3 (2019): 1–18. DOI: 10.1080/07494467.2019.1596632

“Spontaneity, Intimacy, and Friendship in Morton Feldman’s Music of the 1950s.”

Modernism/Modernity Print Plus, Volume 2, Cycle 3. Fall 2017.


“Echo’s Echo: Subjectivity in Vibrational Ontology.” Women & Music 19 (2015): 142–150.


“Borderline Subjects, Musical Objects.” Colloquy: Musicology Beyond Borders. Journal of the American Musicological Society. 65, no. 3 (Fall 2012): 842–46.


“An Antidote to Metaphysics: Adriana Cavarero’s Vocal Philosophy.” Women and Music 15 (2011): 69–84.


Chapters in Peer-reviewed Edited Volumes


“A.N. Whitehead, Feeling, & Music: On Some Potential Modification for Affect Theory” in Sound and Affect: Voice, Music, World. Judith Lochhead and Steven Smith, eds. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. In press.


“Charlotte Moorman’s Experimental Performance Practice” in Charlotte Moorman and the Avant-Garde, 1960-1980. Ed. Corinne Granoff. Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press, 2016. 19–27.


“A flexible musical identity: Julius Eastman in New York City” in Gay Guerrilla: The Life and Music of Julius Eastman. Rochester: University of Rochester Press, 2016. 116–130.


“Julius Eastman, John Cage, and the Homosexual Ego.” in Tomorrow is the Question: New Approaches to Experimental Music Studies, Benjamin Piekut, ed. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2014. 39–62.


“Mourning Coterie: Morton Feldman and Frank O’Hara’s posthumous collaborations.” New York School Collaborations: The Color of Vowels, Mark Silverberg, ed. New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2013. 183–197.



Blog Posts


    I am finishing my second monograph on Morton Feldman and am engaged on a long-term ethnography of the Wandelweiser experimental music group. I am also in the planning stages of a book on Julius Eastman and his musical communities in New York City in the 1970s and 80s.

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