teaching, editing, speaking, and other outreach work

I’m a teacher, an editor, and a speaker; I also have experience organizing conferences and events, and doing archival and curatorial work.  I view all of this work as outreach: through these projects and initiatives, I’ve helped bring historical research to a wider public.

Editorial work
I served as Editor-in-Chief of Echo: A music-centered journal from 2011-2013. In addition to overseeing the day-to-day operations of the journal, I also oversaw a major redesign of the journal’s website, and organized three annual conferences that brought together scholars, artists, musicians, and the community.

In 2010, I co-edited a special “Writing About Music” edition of the UCLA Center for the Study of Women’s newsletter with Jill Rogers and Nina Eidsheim. Available here.

Archival and curatorial work
As a Fellow at the UCLA Library’s Center for Primary Research and Training; and later, as an archival assistant in UCLA Performing Arts Special Collections, I processed and wrote finding aids for collections of historical material from the music and entertainment industries. I wrote or contributed to the finding aids and research guides to the papers of Jimmy Durante, Diahann Carroll, screenwriter Gwen Bagni-Dubov, and television critic Terrence O’Flaherty, in addition to other collections of historical material from film and television.

In Winter 2013, I collaborated with UCLA Performing Arts Special Collections archivist Julie Graham and the UCLA College Library to mount “Selling Tinseltown: Art and Design from the Hollywood Promotional Machine,” a public exhibit of motion picture and television advertising items from the 1910s to the 1990s.

I teach courses on histories of music, gender, and culture; and writing and research methodology courses.  Recent courses taught at UCLA include:

Music and Gender (Spring 2014)
History of the Music Business (Winter 2014)
Music Industry Introductory Seminar (Winter 2014)
Music History Capstone Seminar: Writing the Senior Thesis (Fall 2010 and Fall 2013)
Motown and Soul: African-American Popular Music in the 1960s (Fall 2013)
Gay and Lesbian Perspectives in Popular Music (Summer 2011)
History of Rock and Roll (Summer 2010)
The 1960s Girl Group Sound (Spring 2010)
Sample syllabi available upon request.


Selected speaking credits
I’ve presented my research at national and international conferences, and have been an invited participant at a number of public panels. Recent speaking engagements include:

“Four Lads from Liverpool meet Jamaica’s Lollipop Girl: Millie Small on Around the Beatles, 1964.” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Association of Popular Music US Branch, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, March 2014.

Panelist, “Dancing With Miley: Critical Perspectives on Miley Cyrus.” UCLA Cultural Affairs Commission, November 2013.

“It’s Millie Small, the Blue Beat Girl: Voice, Girlhood, and ‘My Boy Lollipop.’”  Paper presented at Feminist Theory and Music 12, Hamilton College, August 2013.

“The Ballad of Lulu and Marianne: Youth and Voice in the 1960s.” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Association of Popular Music US Branch, University of Texas, Austin, February 2013.

“Beat Girls and Dollybirds: Envoicing Swinging London.”  Paper presented at Sounds of the City:  Experience Music Project/International Association of Popular Music Joint Conference, New York University, March 2012.

“I Can Never Go Home Anymore:  Girlhood and nostalgia in the music of the Shangri-Las.”  Paper presented at Feminist Theory and Music 11, Arizona State University, September 2011.

Panelist, “Lady Gaga, Pop Culture, and Representations of Sexualities.” California State University Center for the Study of Genders and Sexualities, May 2011.