Research Statement

I am a scholar and archivist who specializes in digital preservation, collection management, scholarly communications, and musics of Eastern Europe and Southeast Asia. My music research focuses on music cultures of Eastern Europe, Southeast Asia, and the United States centering on themes of performance studies, globalization, music and media, and digital and material cultures. In information studies, I have focused on user practices in sound archives, federal records management policy, and digital collections management. I have received numerous awards for my work. In 2005, I received a Fulbright Grant to complete my doctoral research; in 2008, I received the Louise Cuyler Award from the UM Department of Musicology; and in 2012, I received the Margaret Mann Award from the UM School of Information.

My research has been supported by a Fulbright Fellowship (U.S. Department of State/International Institute of Education), a Kohn Doctoral Fellowship (Masaryk University), a University of Michigan Regents Fellowship, a Rackham Humanities Dissertation Writing Fellowship, and twice by Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships (U.S. Department of Education) from the Centers for Russian and East European Studies and Southeast Asian Studies. At Michigan, I also received the Margaret Mann Award (2012) and the Louise E. Cuyler Award (2008).

My experiences and research credentials cross multiple research domains, as well as multiple types of organizations in the public and educational sectors. I have worked in research administration at the University of Michigan, supported scholarly research as a librarian at the Library of Congress, and have worked in the iSchool at the University of Maryland, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, and at the George Mason University program in public history. I served as a faculty member in ethnomusicology at Bowling Green State University, and in the College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters at the University of Michigan–Dearborn. I also worked on the music library staff at the Interlochen Center for the Arts and the University of Michigan Bands. I hold an MSI in archives from the University of Michigan School of Information and a PhD in Musicology from the Rackham Graduate School (U. of Michigan).