Ph. D. candidate in Music (joint degree in composition and musicology), UC San Diego

Dissertation Advisors: Rand Steiger (composition) and David Borgo (musicology)

Dissertation topics:

Music and Neoliberalism.  "The New Complexity" read against the history of the "New Managerialism" in American academia.  Jazz at Lincoln Center and Philanthro-Capitalism.  Aesthetic consequences of economic deregulation for hip hop of the late 1990s.  Embedded bias in music recommendation systems.

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Awarded a 2017 "Frontiers of Innovation" grant for dissertation research on recommender systems

Organizer of University of California Humanities Research Institute working group, “Spontaneity in music and literature: revisiting Chomskian perspectives on communication”

Fellow of the Asian Cultural Council, in support of research into the improvised music scenes of Shanghai and Beijing.  International Institute for Critical Improvisation Studies Think Pieces essay on this subject.

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