I research, present, and write about music and culture. I study the American industry, religion and spirituality. how modern people connect their innovation and individuality to communities and traditions.
Middle Eastern Music for Hammered Dulcimer. 2009. Pacific, Missouri: Mel Bay.
Books in progress
Organs vs. Guitars: Music, Pluralism, and the Future of American Mainline Protestantism (under consideration at a university press)
Klezmer for Hammered Dulcimer. Co-authored with Pete Rushefksy. (in progress, submitting to press in 2016)
A Community, Not a Tradition: The Hammered Dulcimer in the United States. (manuscript in progress)
2018 “Digital Audio Work: Recorded Assignments, Recorded Feedback.” Prompt: A Journal of Academic Writing Assignments. Vol.1, No. 2.
2016 “The Curious Longevity of the Traditional-Contemporary Divide: Mainline Musical Choices in Post-Worship War America.” Liturgy. 32:1, 16-23.
2015 “Collaborative Fieldwork, Stance, and Ethnography.” With Fredara Hadley. The Yearbook of Traditional Music. Vol. 47, 64-81.
2014 “Religion Reinserted: When Church and Cinema Blur Boundaries through Media-Savvy Evangelicalism.” Journal of Religion, Media, and Digital Culture. 3(1): 84-119.
2010 “Public, Private; Contemporary, Traditional: Intersecting Dichotomies and Contested Agency in Mainline Protestant Worship Music.” Folklore Forum, 40:1.
2010 “Middle Eastern Music for the Hammered Dulcimer.” Dulcimer Sessions.
2009 “As It Was in the Beginning, Is Now, and Ever Shall Be?: Church Organists, Musical Continuity, and Community.” Pacific Review of Ethnomusicology. Vol. 14.
2005 “Ken Kolodner: Hammering it Home.” Dirty Linen, #119, Aug/Sept, 29-31.
CHAPTERS IN EDITED VOLUMES
2019 “Studying Sacred Music through Phenomenology.” Oxford Handbook of Phenomenological Ethnomusicology, ed. Harris Berger. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press. (invited, forthcoming)
2018 “ESL: English as a Sacred Language.” Changing World Language Map, ed. Stan Brunn. New York: Springer. (invited, forthcoming)
2015 “Multi-site Mediated Worship: Simulcast Sermons and Live Local Praise Bands.” Media and Religion: The Global View, Stewart Hoover, ed. (invited, forthcoming)
2017 " Give Us A Piece of that Old Time Religion: When the Mainline (Re)claims Evangelical Musical Heritage.” Locating Christian Congregational Music: Indigineity, Cosmopolitanism, and Diversity. Monique Ingalls, Zoe Sherinian, and Muriel Swijghuisen Reigersb, eds. London: Ashgate. 77-94.
2015 “The Festival of World Sacred Music: Creating a Destination for Tourism, Spirituality, and the Other. The Changing World Religion Map, Stan Brunn, ed. New York: Springer. 2833-2851.
2015 “A Cosmopolitan Dichotomy: Mainline Protestantism and Contemporary versus Traditional Worship Music.” The Oxford Handbook of Music and World Christianities, Suzel Reily and Jonathan Dueck, eds. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press. 487-512.
2016 Review of Marcus Moberg’s Christian Metal. In Sociology of Religion. Vol. 77, No. 3. 298-299.
2015 Review of www.worldmusiccentral.org. In Journal of World Popular Music. Vol. 2, No. 2, 179-184.
2013 Review of Justin Wilford’s Sacred Subdivisions: The Postmodern Transformation of American Evangelicalism. In Marginalia.
2012 Review of Alexandra Walsham’s The Reformation of the Landscape: Religion, Identity, and Memory in Early Modern Britain and Ireland. In Journal of Folklore Research Reviews.
2009 Review of Webb Keane’s Christian Moderns: Freedom and Fetish in the Mission Encounter. In Journal of Folklore Research Reviews.
2008 Review of Paul Tyler and Clark Halker’s Folksongs of Illinois. In Journal of Folklore Research Reviews.
2007 Review of Scott L. Marcus’ Music in Egypt. In Journal of Folklore Research Reviews.
2006 Review of Jane Goodman’s Berber Culture on the World Stage: From Village to Video. In Journal Folklore Research Reviews.
2006 Review of Philip V. Bohlman, Edith Blumhofer, and Maria Chow (eds.)’s Music in American Religious Experience. In Journal of Folklore Research, Reviews.