I am a Lecturer in Ethnomusicology at University of Manchester. Previously, I was a Visiting Lecturer at Royal Holloway, University of London, and Teaching Fellow at the Reid School of Music, University of Edinburgh. I hold a PhD from Royal Holloway, University of London and a MMus from Goldsmiths, University of London. I also hold a Masters in Percussion Performance from Rutgers University and a Bachelors in Percussion Performance from the New England Conservatory.
Originally from Washington, D.C., I spent several years as a freelance percussionist, performing with groups such as the New World Symphony, Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Baltimore Symphony. In the U.K., I have played in the Balkan and Eastern European music quintet Tatcho Drom and directed the RHUL Balkan Ensemble and Edinburgh Balkan Music Project.
My primary research interest is in the the connections between cultural values and economic value in hyper-mediated consumer cultures. I am currently exploring the use of ethical consumption discourses in the music industries and also the use of music in New Religious Movements.
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