About Me

I often feel that I’m only truly myself when I’m engaging in my “leisure” activities—activities I do by choice and for my own enjoyment—and I have likewise found that one of the best ways to study other people is to examine what they do for entertainment. As a graduate student at Brown, I’m interested in studying the history of how modern American entertainment (particularly in the arts) reflects and influences broader cultural phenomena, and also learning how to shape historically-informative, leisure experiences in contemporary, American life (particularly in museum contexts). Before Brown, I did work on ancient Greek music and culture for the Yale University Art Gallery, taught at the Great Books Summer Program at Stanford, apprenticed at The Bread and Puppet Theater, ran and created public programs (e.g., on Civil War music) at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, and performed as a musician at a Vermont ski resort.