Writing by Type
Scholarly & Peer-Reviewed Writing
- “Building Policy & Capacity: Launching the U.S. Library of Congress Digital Collections Management Compendium.” Co-authored with Trevor Owens, Kristy Darby, Pedro Gonzalez-Fernandez, and Camille Salas. In Proceedings of iPres2021 (Beijing, China and online, 2021). (link forthcoming)
- “Using the Library of Congress’ Web Cultures Web Archive: Archiving Digital Expressive Culture and Building Collections.” Co-authored with Trevor Owens and Nicole Saylor. New Directions in Folklore 18, no. 1 (2020): 1–23. (link)
- “Extensive Extensions: Exploring File Extensions in Library of Congress Collections.” Co-authored with Mark Cooper, Aly DesRochers, Camille Salas, and Trevor Owens. In Proceedings of iPres 2019 (Amsterdam, 2019). (link)
- “European-American Music: Czech- and Slovak-American.” In The Grove Dictionary of American Music, 2nd edition, ed. Charles Hiroshi Garrett (New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013).
- “‘Unmelted’: Music and Instruments of Czech Immigrants to Texas.” (Published in Czech.) Národopisná revue 21, no. 1 (2011): 32–41. (pdf copy in DeepBlue)
- “The Cimbál (Cimbalom) and Folk Music in Moravian Slovakia and Valachia.” Journal of the American Musical Instrument Society 36 (2010): 78–117. (pdf copy in DeepBlue)
- “Local Sounds? Fieldwork, YouTube, and the ‘Romanian’ Cimbalom in Moravian Slovakia.” In Czech and Slovak Culture in International Context (University of South Bohemia, 2008). (pdf copy in DeepBlue)
- “Instrumental Roots: The Dulcimer in the Baca Band.” (Published in Czech and English.) In Searching for Roots: The Unbroken Path, ed. Lucie Uhlíková and Irena Přibylová (2008).
- “The Cimbál (Cimbalom) in Moravia: Cultural Organology and Interpretive Communities.” Ph.D. dissertation (Musicology), University of Michigan (2008). (Abstract)
- “Performing Českost (Czechness): Polka Music and Ethnicity at Wisconsin Czech-American Festivals.” In Moravia from a World Perspective, ed. Miloslav Rechcígl (Palacký University, 2006). (pdf copy in DeepBlue)
- “History, Folk Song, and ‘World Music’: Reflections on Cimbalom in Moravia,” lecture at the Department of Social Sciences, University of the Philippines, Baguio (2009).
- “The Cimbalom in Moravia: Folk Music Instrument or World Music Instrument?,” lecture at the Department of Musicology, University of the Philippines Diliman, Manila, Philippines (2008).
- “Cimbalom in Moravia: Local Music, Global Instrument,” Virginia Martin Howard Lecture for the Stearns Collection of Musical Instruments, Ann Arbor, Michigan (2008).
- “Polka Music and Ethnic (Czech-)Americans,” lecture at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic (2006).
- “The Contemporary Moravian Cimbalom Tradition: Performing Modern History,” lecture at the Mid-Year Meeting of the Czech and Slovak Fulbright Commissions, Velké Bílovice, Czech Republic (2006).
Conference Papers & Presentations
- “Strategies and Tactics in Sound Archives: Researchers and Archivists in Ethnomusicology Archives,” Telling Stores: An International Conference on Digital Music Archives, Manchester Digital Music Archive and Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, U.K., November 2022.
- “Amplifying Unheard Voices: Assessing the Program Revision and Implementation,” with Ricardo L. Punzalan, Digitizing Hidden Collections Symposium, Digital Library Federation, Baltimore, Maryland, October 2022.
- Invited Presenter, “Library Carpentry @ LOC,” Annual Project Directors’ Meeting of the National Digital Newspapers Program, National Endowment for the Humanities and Library of Congress, Washington, DC. September 2019.
- Panelist, “Music Advocacy, Community Collaborations, and Contemporary Identity Politics,” 45th World Conference of the International Council for Traditional Music, Bangkok, Thailand. July 2019.
- Invited Delegate, National Conference on Public and Applied Ethnomusicology, funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and held at the American Folklife Center, Washington, DC. May 2019.
- Panelist, “Ethnomusicology and Career Diversity,” Annual Meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology, Albuquerque, New Mexico. (presentation slides, presentation text)
- “Identifying Test Sets in Federal Web Archives.” Ad-hoc lightning talk with Trevor Owens, iPres 2018 Conference, Boston, Massachusetts.
- “Collaborating to Process a Web Archives Digital Backlog.” Research forum platform presentation, Annual Meeting of the Society of American Archivists, Washington, DC. (presentation slides, link to forum proceedings)
- “Messages Sent, and Received? Assessing Accountability and Its Limits through U.S. Federal Records Email Policy.” Co-authored with Ricardo Punzalan and David Wallace. ICHORA-8: International Conference on the History of Records and Archives 2018, “Archives in a Changing Climate,” Melbourne, Australia. (presentation slides)
- Panelist, “Crossing Fields, Crossing (Career) Paths: A Roundtable on Careers for Ethnomusicologists.” Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology, College Park, Maryland.
- “Ethnomusicologists and Practice in the Archives.” Annual Meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology, Washington, DC. (presentation slides)
- “Old-Fashioned and Outmoded? An Ethnographic Assessment of Sound Archives in Ethnomusicologies.” Annual Meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology, New Orleans, Louisiana. (presentation slides in pdf)
- “Of Singing Trees and Roaring Rivers: Sounding Out South Moravian Sound Terrains.” Midwest Slavic Conference, Columbus, Ohio.
- “Tensions of Managing and Using: A Qualitative Study of Audio Archiving.” Research forum platform presentation, Annual Meeting of the Society of American Archivists, San Diego, California. (link to forum proceedings)
- Panelist, "Evaluating the Success of Digital Audiovisual Preservation Projects in Libraries." Panel at QuasiCon 2012: The Future of Libraries, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 21 January.
- “Digital Preservation and the American Black Journal at MATRIX.” Research poster, annual meeting of the American Society for Information Science & Technology, New Orleans, Louisiana.
- “Preserving the American Black Journal at MATRIX: Developing a Long-Term Strategy to Preserve and Access Online Digital Video.” Research poster, Archives 360°, Annual Meeting of the Society of American Archivists, Chicago, Illinois.
- “Ideologies of Music and Postsocialist Possibilities in South Moravia.” 41st World Conference of the International Council for Traditional Music, St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada. (Panel organizer, “Musical Tradition and Transition in Global Postsocialisms.”)
- “Performance as Archives in Southeast Asia: An Ethnomusicological Perspective.” National Conference of the Association for Asian Studies, Honolulu, Hawai'i.
- “Sound Terrains: ‘Soundscape,’ Place, and Nature in South Moravia.” Annual Meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology, Los Angeles, California. (presentation slides in pdf)
- “Moravia as Global Crossroads: Local and ‘World’ Music in the Southeast Czech Republic.” Central and Eastern Europe: Musical Crossroads? Annual Meeting of the Russian and East European Music Study Group, British Association of Slavonic and East European Studies, Faculty of Music, Oxford University.
- “Radio Brno, the Brněnský krúžek (Brno Circle) and Folk Creativity in Moravia.” Czech and Slovak Music and Related Arts conference, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, Michigan.
- “Instilling ‘True American Spirit’? Music at the Culion Leprosarium [Philippines].” Annual Meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology, Mexico City, Mexico.
- “The Traditional and the Global: Understanding ‘World Music’ in Moravia.” World Conference of the International Council for Traditional Music, Durban, South Africa.
- “Making ‘World Music’ Local in Moravia.” Annual Meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology, Middletown, Connecticut.
- “Instrumental Roots: The Dulcimer in the Baca Band.” Fourth International Musicology Colloquium, Náměšť nad Olšavou, Czech Republic.
- “Classical Folk Music: Broadcasting Folk Culture in Communist Moravia.” Midwest Chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology, Ypsilanti, Michigan.
- “‘People’s Music’ and Modernism: Leoš Janáček and Folkloric Performance.” Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies, New Orleans, Louisiana. Awarded the Louise Cuyler prize by the Department of Musicology, University of Michigan.
- “Local Sounds? Fieldwork, YouTube, and the ‘Romanian’ Cimbalom in Moravian Slovakia.” Midwest Chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology, Terre Haute, Indiana.
- “Melodies of Ethnicity: Czechness and Polka Music at Czech-American Festivals.” Annual Meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology, Tucson, Arizona.
- Book Review of Prague Soundscapes, ed. Zuzana Jurková et al. (Karolinum Press, 2014). Yearbook for Traditional Music 49 (2017).
- Book Review of Dangdut Stories: A Social and Musical History of Indonesia’s Most Popular Music by Andrew N. Weintraub (Oxford Univ. Press, 2010). Notes 68 (2011).
- Book Review of Music of Central Java by Benjamin Brinner (Oxford Univ. Press, 2008). Asian Music 42 (2011).
- Book Review of Sounds of the Silk Road: Musical Instruments of Asia, text by Mitchell Clark (Boston, 2005). Asian Music 41 (2010).
- Book Review of Komentáře [Commentary], vol. 1 of Janáčkovy záznamy hudebního a tanečního folkloru [Janáček’s Records of Musical and Dance Folklore], ed. Jarmila Procházková (Brno, 2006). Kosmas Czechoslovak and Central European Journal 20 (2007).
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The following articles were written for a general audience and posted on the websites of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Library of Congress, and the University of Michigan.
University of Michigan
- “Managing internal nomination and peer review processes to reduce bias,” whitepaper prepared for University of Michigan Office of Research with Nick Wigginton, Tabbye Chavous, and Eric Shaw (February 2021). Available at https://myumi.ch/K4p5P.
Library of Congress
- Making a Valuable Resource Even Better: The Recommended Formats Statement and RFS 2.0, post with Kate Murray, Marcus Nappier, & Ted Westervelt, Library of Congress, The Signal (11 June 2020)
- Launching the Digital Collections Management Compendium, Library of Congress, The Signal (11 October 2019)
- In the Library’s Web Archives: Sorting through a Set of US Government PDFs, Library of Congress, The Signal (6 March 2019)
- Born to Be 3D: Born-Digital Data Stewardship, Library of Congress, The Signal (7 December 2018)
- Recap of Born to Be 3D Forum Hosted by the Library of Congress, post with Kate Murray, Digital Preservation Coalition Blog (26 November 2018)
- Building Digital Content Management Capacity with Library Carpentry, Library of Congress, The Signal (9 November 2018)
National Endowment for the Humanities
- Common Heritage Update: NEH Continues Support for Community Archives in 2018 (14 December 2017)
- Common Heritage 2017 Guidelines and Applicant Webinar (12 April 2017)
- World Day for Audiovisual Heritage: Learn More about NEH Grants Supporting Audiovisual Materials (26 October 2016)
- Tune In Tuesdays: Music Time in Africa (13 September 2016)
- Tune In Tuesdays: Preserving the American Black Journal (23 August 2016)
- Tune in Tuesdays: Local Records, Global Sounds: Historic Recordings of the Upper Midwest (12 July 2016)
- Documenting the LGBT Movement (29 June 2016)
- NEH’s First Community Archiving Program is Underway (2 March 2016)
- Training Cultural Heritage Workers for Disaster Preparedness and Response (1 May 2015)
- NEH and the Preservation and Access of Audiovisual Cultural Heritage (10 March 2015)
- Preservation Week 2014: Education and Training (28 April 2014)
- Agricultural Literature and Rural Life (15 March 2014)
- Summer Road Trip to Nevada and Arizona (Museums in the Southwest) (5 August 2013)
- Voices for the Future: California Language Archive Documents Linguistic Heritage, co-written with Helen Agüera (27 June 2013)
- Preserving Asian-American History and Culture (7 May 2013)
The preceding pieces, listed in reverse chronological order, are links to Web publications from my tenure at the National Endowment for the Humanities (2013–2017) and the Library of Congress (2018–2020). These aren’t complete without a few thank yous! I was the primary author of the NEH pieces, but they represent significant collaborative efforts and received substantial support from many NEH grantees and NEH editors, particularly Ralph Canevali, Cathleen Tefft, Adriana Cutler, Joel Wurl, and Leah Weinryb Grohsgal. The posts published at Library of Congress were much stronger with input from, and frequent co-authorship with, Kate Murray, Trevor Owens, Aly DesRochers, Jaime Mears, Chase Dooley, Grace Thomas, and Carlyn Osborn.Back to Top ↑
On Data in Humanities Work
These posts explore tools and issues related to working with humanities data.
- Find and replace data in the shell (11 September 2022)
- Wrangling Humanities Data: An Interactive Map of NEH Awards (17 July 2022)
- Wrangling Humanities Data: Using Regex to Clean a CSV (27 February 2021)
- Wrangling Humanities Data: Exploratory Maps of NEH Awards by State (22 January 2021)
- Wrangling Humanities Data: Cleaning and Transforming Data (19 January 2021)
- Wrangling Humanities Data: Finding and Describing Data (20 December 2020)
On Research Enhancement & Funding
These posts offer insights for researchers, artists, and performers who may be seeking grants. While of general interest to anyone looking for funding, these essays emphasize federal grant opportunities that support academic research.
- Who Reads Applications? (15 April 2021)
- Research Grants 101 for Arts Projects (23 February 2021)
- When Should You Reach out to a Funder? (4 February 2021)
- Arts & Humanities Grants: Beyond Fellowships (10 November 2020)
- Strategies for Arts & Humanities Federal Grants (12 August 2020)