PhD, Music, Duke University, 2021

MA, Music, Duke University, 2019

BA, Anthropology, Duke University, 2005

Before COA

  • Instructor of Record: “Making Art in the Anthropocene”, Duke University, Spring 2021
  • Instructor of Record: “Arts and the Anthropocene”, Duke University, 2020
  • Teaching Assistant, Duke University, 2016-2019
  • Music Teacher, Carolina Friends School, Durham, NC, 2009-2016
  • Trainer, Dismantling Racism Works, Durham, NC, 2010-2016
  • Elementary Music Teacher, Greensboro Montessori School, Greensboro, NC, 2006-2008

Honors and Awards

  • Bass Connection Project Co-Leader: “Arts and the Anthropocene”. 2020-2021
  • Bass Instructional Fellowship, Instructor of Record (Declined). 2019-2020
  • James B. Duke International Research Fellowship. 2019
  • Research Grant from Association of Recorded Sound Collections. 2019
  • Duke Graduate Student Training Enhancement Grant. 2019, 2020
  • Duke Center for International and Global Studies Graduate Award for Research. 2017-2018
  • Duke Digital Humanities Lab Fellowship. 2017-2018
  • Music Graduate Student Association Secretary. 2017-2018

Exhibitions and Performances

ReVIEWING Black Mountain College 12 Conference. 2020. Asheville, NC. Presented participatory art installation, Anechoia Memoriam, with collaborator Mark Dixon. Anechoia Memoriam is a performance at the crossroads of John Cage’s notion of silence and the silences surrounding state killings of unarmed people of color. A seven-hour interactive performance designed for a typewriter that electromechanically controls an acoustic piano (The Selectric Piano), the score for Anechoia Memoriam is composed of 180 names of unarmed people of color killed by law enforcement in the United States. The piece is intended as a memorial and depends on the attention (or inattention) of listener-participants.

Society for Ethnomusicology Annual Meeting. 2020. Ottawa, Canada (held virtually). Presented conference paper entitled “An Art Which Conceals Art: Record Production and the Politics of Invisibility in Toumani Diabaté’s Kaira.”

The South Central Graduate Music Consortium. 2020 Hosted by the University at Chapel Hill. Presented conference paper entitled “World Music Record Production and the Politics of Invisibility.”

British Forum for Ethnomusicology and Société française d’ethnomusicologie Joint Autumn Conference. 2019. Hosted at City University of London. Presented conference paper entitled “Producing Music, Producing History: Exploring the Archive Below the Surface of a Sound Recording.”

Annual Meeting of the Southeastern and Caribbean Chapter of the Society for
Ethnomusicology (SEMSEC). 2019. Hosted on the campus of Wake Forrest University. Presented conference paper entitled “Atlantic Cosmopolitanisms: Angélique Kidjo Reimagines Remain in Light.”

Performance and Labor in the Contemporary World. 2018. Hosted by Duke University Department of Cultural Anthropology. Presented conference paper entitled “Producing Music, Producing History: Exploring the Archive Below the Surface of a Sound Recording.”

Duke Music Department Colloquium Series. 2018. Presented talk entitled “Producing Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba’s Routes.”

Reviewed Louis Chude-Sokei’s The Sound of Culture: Diaspora and Black Technopoetics for Mark Anthony Neal’s New Black Man in Exile blog.