I am an assistant professor of American Studies and Media Studies at the University of Virginia. My first book, Just Around Midnight: Rock and Roll and the Racial Imagination, will be published by Harvard University Press in September of 2016, and is available to order here. I’m also the pop critic for Slate magazine, where I write about music, sports, film, TV, books, and other areas of culture. My writing has appeared in The Atlantic, NPR, ESPN, Transition, L.A. Review of Books, Free Darko, The Classical, GlobalPost, Rolling Stone, and elsewhere.
I was born and raised in and around the greater Boston area. After spending a few years as a professional musician I received my B.A. in English from NYU in 2003, then my Ph.D in American
Studies from Harvard University in 2013. I spent the 2013-14 academic year as the inaugural postdoctoral research fellow at the Laboratory for
Race and Popular Culture at the University of Colorado, Boulder.
My favorite album of all time is Stevie Wonder’s Innervisions.