I studied piano at New England Conservatory and English at Wesleyan University before pursuing my Ph.D. in musicology at Princeton University, finishing in 1999. My research has centered on Franz Liszt, music criticism, and the 19th century cult of the virtuoso. While in graduate school I developed a passion for jazz and I still perform regularly with my quartet Inventions. I also began giving courses in jazz history and this has fed into my secondary area, jazz history. I am currently writing a book on improvisation and the 19th century pianist-composer. Since coming to Brown I have taken a strong interest in bridging performance studies and music history, and this has led to new projects on the history of conventions of musical performance. I give courses on music history, improvisation, opera, historiography, jazz, and European cultural history.