about

As a musicologist and media artist, I'm interested in the intersections of sound and culture in a range of contexts. My main project, Pathways to God: The Islamic Acoustics of Turkish Berlin, explores these issues through writing (a dissertation, completed in 2014, and now a book-in-progress) and audiovisual media, including a series of multichannel sound pieces and short documentary films. Geographically, I spend much of my time in Berlin and Istanbul, thinking about ways Islam resonates within (or against) recent urban histories. For over a decade, I worked as the assistant curator of the Milman Parry Collection of Oral Literature, an archive of sung poetry from southeastern Europe. I was also a core member of the metaLAB (at) Harvard, a digital humanities studio/critical design collective. Other interests include improvised music (I'm a saxophonist), media archaeology (of ears, magnetic tape, and 20th-century acoustics research), eavesdropping/surveillance, soundmapping, and YouTube music. 

After completing my PhD in Music at Harvard, followed by two postdoctoral fellowships (MIT Mellon, Harvard Society of Fellows), I'm now am a Lecturer in Ethnomusicology in the Faculty of Music at University of Cambridge, where I'm also a Fellow in Music at Queens' College. From 2019-2022 I'll be pursuing research/media-making related to refugee culture in and around the eastern Mediterranean, thanks to generous funding from the Philip Leverhulme Prize.

At some point soon, this page will probably cease to exist, but until then, I'll try to keep things updated. If you have questions, the best email to reach me is: pm638 [at] cam.ac.uk