About me


I am a writer and scholar who has published widely on Cuban music and society. I am trained as an ethnomusicologist (think: the study of music in the context of culture), and my research has primarily been ethnographic and used the following methods: participant-observation, interviews, audio-visual and written documentation. I continue to write about Cuba-related themes, but am also working on a number of essays related to American popular culture (tv/film/music), race, and representation.

I offer a range of professional services, which you can learn more about here:
Editing and Spanish translation
Qualitative research and analysis
Tutoring and language teaching

If you’re interested in learning more about my academic research, publications, and teaching see Academic research and publications and University teaching

I earned my M.A. and Ph.D. in Music (Ethnomusicology) at the University of California, Berkeley in 2010. My undergraduate degree, a B.A. in Music, was completed at Barnard College and Columbia University.