Scholarship and Publications


Peer-reviewed Articles and Book Chapters
2018.    Discordant Democracy: Audition, Affect and the Presidential Campaign.
London, Routledge.

Forth.    “Teaching Black Music: Pedagogically Connecting the Past to the Present”
Teaching Popular Music in the Classroom: Essays, Ed. David Whitt
McFarland Press.

Forth.   “As Heard on…: The Changing Musical Language of Presidential Campaign Ads”
Oxford Handbook of Music and Advertising, James Deaville, Ron Rodman, Siu-Lan Tan, eds.
Forth.    “This is what democracy sounds like: Reflections on the songs of 2016”
You Can’t Always Campaign with the Song You Want, Eric Kasper and Benjamin
Schoening, eds. University of North Texas Press

2018     “Communication Breakdown: How Political and Musical Representations Fail”
American Music, Special Edition on the 2016 Campaign, Sally Bick and Dana Gorzelany-Mostak, eds. Vol. 35 No. 2, Summer 2017

2017     “Making Sense of 2016: Perspectives on Popular Music and the Presidential Campaigns” “Why do we listen (to pop music)?” Conference Proceedings from 2017 IASPM-US Roundtable Journal for the Study of Popular Music 29.3, Fall 2017

2017     “The Case for Pop Ensembles in the Curriculum: Amateurism, Leadership, Civics and Lifelong Learners” in Music Curricula for a New Century, Robin Moore, ed. Oxford University Press.

2016      “Notes on Deconstructing Populism: Pop Music in the 2012 Campaign Trail”
American Music Vol. 34 No. 3 Fall 2016.

2014     “Science and Fiction: A Polemic on the Role of the Humanities in the Economy of Innovation,” in Critical and New Literacies: Teaching towards Democracy with Postmodern and Popular Culture Texts, eds. Tricia Kress, Robert Lake, and Patricia Paugh, Sense Publishers.

2013     “Total War, Total Anti-War: Music, Holism and Anti-war Protest.” Ethnomusicology Review 18 (2013),
*Honorable Mention for the 2014 Waterman Prize

2013     “Caught in the Current: Writing Ethnography that Listens,” Journal of Sonic Studies 4, 1 (May 2013),

2012     “The Politics of Dancing: Jimmy Carter, Square Dancing and Embodied Populism on theCampaign Trail,” Americana: The Journal of American Popular Culture (1900 – The Present) 11, n. 1 (Spring 2012),
*Selected for the 3rd Edition E-book Americana: Readings in Popular Culture.

2011     “Feeling Change: The 2008 Obama Campaign and Experiencing the Emotion of Participatory Politics,” International Political Anthropology 4, n. 2 (2011): 113-133,

2010     “The Song of the Sirens and the Non-Transcendental,” in “Philosophy as Critical Theory: The Dialectic of Enlightenment Revisited,” special issue, The European Legacy 15, n. 5 (August 2010): 619-637.

2009     “The Art of Noise: Experiencing the Sound of Politics,” in “The Art of Democracy,” special issue, Soundings, XCII, n. 3-4 (Fall/Winter 2009): 303-330.

General Audience Articles, Book Reviews, Educational Blogs, and Other Publications

2018     “Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez and the DIY Aesthetic” Society for American Music Newsletter, Fall 2018

2018     “We’re Not Gonna Take it: Trump and the Striking West Virginia Teachers” SEM Student News, Fall 2018

2018     “Political Overtures: Music and the Presidential Campaign” Cabinet: A Quarterly of Art and Culture, No. 64 Winter 2017

2016     “Deconstructing the Populism: Pop Music in the Modern Campaign Trail”

2016     “It’s not an ad: It’s a Revolution”

2016     “The Power of Sound: The 2016 Campaign”

2014     “Notes on Listening to Democracy: Popular Music on the Contemporary Campaign Trail” Zeteo: The Journal of Interdisciplinary Writing

Notes on Listening to Democracy


2014     Review of M’Baye, Babacar, and Alexander Charles Oliver Hall, eds. CrossingTraditions: American Popular Music in Local and Global Contexts (Lanham, MD,Toronto and Plymouth: The Scarecrow Press.) Music and Letters 95, n. 3: 491-49

2012    “Beyond the Pale: Exercises in Provocation.” The European Legacy 16, n. 7 (Winter2011): 273-273. Renzo Llorente, Beyond the Pale (Isle of Lewis, Scotland: Vagabond Voices, 2010)

2009    Book reviews in Southwest Journal of Cultures

▪ Iain Ellis, Rebels Wit Attitude: Subversive Rock Humorists (Berkeley, CA: Soft Skull Press, 2008)

▪ Pamela Fox and Barbara Ching, eds., Old Roots, New Routes: The Cultural Politics of Alt. Country Music (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2008)

▪ Tong Soon Lee, Chinese Street Opera in Singapore (Urbana-Champaign: University of Illinois Press, 2008)

▪ Brian Dolan, Inventing Entertainment: The Player Piano and the Origins of an American Musical Industry (New York: Rowan and Littlefield, 2009)