My research and teaching specializations are the cultural histories of global multimedia and music industries in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, with a focus on the Philippines and the US.
My current book project, Pop Convergence, examines musical flows in contemporary Manila. Through a combination of archival research, musical analysis, and ethnographic fieldwork, I explore how the country’s mass entertainment industry has bestowed on its audience assurances of cultural and social authority. The book is based on my PhD dissertation, which was funded by a Cambridge International Scholarship and was supervised by Nicholas Cook, Matthew Machin-Autenrieth, and David Trippett.
My second project, Listening to Caregiving, engages with global narratives of migration, cultural memory, and archiving. Through sonic ethnography, interactive digital mapping, and online crowdsourcing, my work sheds light on the experiences of Filipino domestic workers around the world. I launched the project at Princeton’s Migration and Humanities Lab, led by Sandra Bermann.
I’ve taught classes on musicology, ethnomusicology, sound studies, multimedia research methods, global culture industries, digital technologies, and audio/visual production. I’ve also supervised thesis projects on film and television studies, race, class, gender, and cultural consumption.
My work has been supported by grants awarded by Cambridge Trust, Santander, American Musicological Society, Peterhouse Cambridge, Music & Letters Trust, Princeton University, The New School, and UT Austin.