Research and Publications


Harvard University, Ph.D. in Music Theory, 2012. Dissertation: Reading Tonality Through Film: Transformational Hermeneutics and the Music of Hollywood

Brown University, B.A. in Music (Theory and Composition) and Philosophy,  2006. Honors, Phi Beta Kappa (2005), Magna Cum Laude

Academic Appointments

Tufts University, Associate Professor of Music, 2019- (Assistant Professor of Music, 2014-2019)

Brown University, Lecturer in Music, 2012



Author – Hollywood Harmony: Musical Wonder and the Sound of American Cinema. 2018, Music/Media Series, Oxford University Press.

Editor – Music Analysis in Film: Studying the Score 2020 (Anticipated), Routledge.

Peer-Reviewed Articles

Film-As-Concert Music and the Formal Implications of ‘Cinematic Listening’.”2018. Music Analysis, DOI: 10.1111/musa.12107.

Exploring Prediction in Language and Music.” 2015. Frontiers in Psychology. Co-Author. Senior researcher Aniruddh Patel; first author Allison Fogel.

Scoring the President: Myth and Politics in John Williams’s JFK and Nixon.” 2015. Journal of the Society for American Music, 9.4: 409-444. DOI: 10.1017/S1752196315000358.

Schubert’s SLIDES: Tonal (Non)Integration of a Paradoxical Transformation.” 2014. Music Theory and Analysis, 1.1: 61-101.

Film Music and Neo-Riemannian Theory.” 2014. Oxford Handbooks Online, Oxford University Press.

Hollywood Cadences: Music and the Structure of Cinematic Expectation.” 2013. Music Theory Online, 19.4.

Transformational Analysis and the Representation of Genius in Film Music.” 2013. Music Theory Spectrum, 35.1: 1-22.

Music Theory Through the Lens of Film Music.” 2013.   Journal of Film Music, 5.1-2, 2013: 179-198.

Chapters in Edited Volumes, Misc.

“John Williams’s Action Music in the 21st Century.” 2019. In Sounds Like Action!: Music and Action Film, Routledge.

“Form und thematische Struktur in Vorspannmusiken Erich Wolfgang Korngolds.” 2019. In Musik im Vorspann, Edition Text-Kritik

“The Themes of Star Wars: Catalogue and Commentary.” 2018. In John Williams: Music for Films, Television, & the Concert Stage, Brepols.

“John Williams Seen from the Podium: An Interview with Maestro Keith Lockhart.” (Interview). 2018. In John Williams: Music for Films, Television, & the Concert Stage, Brepols.

“Approaches to Analyzing Screen Music and Sound.” 2017. In Routledge Companion to Screen Music and Sound, Routledge Press.

“Manufacturing the Epic Score: Hans Zimmer and the Sounds of Significance.” 2016. In Music in Epic Film: Listening to Spectacle, Routledge.

Review of Oxford Handbook to Neo-Riemannian Music Theories. 2015. In Music Theory Spectrum, 37.1

“Film Music and Neo-Riemannian Theory.” 2014. In Oxford Handbooks Online.

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