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.

published book

            Middle Eastern Music for Hammered Dulcimer. 2009. Pacific, Missouri: Mel Bay.



Books in progress

Organs vs. Guitars: MusicPluralism, 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.


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 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.