Grand Valley State University, Allendale MI USA
Assistant Professor, School of Communications 2015-
Weber State University, Ogden UT USA
Assistant Professor, Department of Communication 2013-2015
Faculty Advisor, KWCR-FM
Indiana University, Bloomington IN USA
Associate Instructor, Communication & Culture 2006-2013
DePauw University, Greencastle, IN USA
Director, Digital Video Production, Information Technology Associates Program, 2002-2006


Indiana University, Bloomington, IN USA  
Ph.D., Communication & Culture, 2013
Minor: Ethnomusicology
Dissertation: Digital Dilemmas and Promotional Possibilities: Circulating Music in the Late Age of the mp3 (Director: Dr. Ilana Gershon)


Who Got The Camera? A History of Rap and Reality. October 2021, University of Texas Press.


Ritual.” Journal of Popular Music Studies. 33(3): September 2021.

Beyonce’s Digital Stardom.” Black Camera. 9(1): Fall 2017.

With Kyle Barnett: “Recording Industries, Technologies and Cultures in Flux.” Creative Industries Journal. 8(2): October 2015. 103-105.

Siding With Vinyl: Record Store Day and the Branding of Independent Music.” International Journal of Cultural Studies. Published online April 23, 2015.

Collective Anticipation: The Contested Circulation of an Album Leak.” Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies. 19(1): February 2013.


Kyle Barnett and Eric Harvey (eds.) Creative Industries (Issue 8.2, Fall 2015) Special Issue: “Recording Industries.”


“Same As the Old Boss: Changes, Continuities, and Careers in the Digital Music Era.” In Managing Media Work. Ed. Mark Deuze. London, Sage: 2010.


Review of Jeremy Morris, Selling Digital Music: Formatting CultureJournal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media. November 2018.

Sound Ideas.” Review of Jonathan Sterne, MP3: The Meaning of a Format. Cultural Studies. March 2016.

Review of Tarleton Gillespie, Wired Shut: DRM and the Shape of Digital Culture. New Media and Society 10 (August 2008), 669-671.


Super Dave Osborne and ‘Mean’ Gene Okerlund Were Reality TV’s Deadpan Pioneers.” Slate, 2019.

How Smart Speakers Are Changing How We Listen To Music.” Pitchfork, 2018.

A story on a man collecting Gap in-store music playlists. The New Yorker, 2017.

The Art of the Playlist.” The New Republic, 2016.

Bliss Points: On John Seabrook’s The Song Machine.” Los Angeles Review of Books, 2015.

Who Got the Camera? N.W.A.’s Embrace of ‘Reality.’” The Pitchfork Review, 2015.

Station to Station: The Past, Present, and Future of Streaming Music.” Pitchfork, 2014.

Footnote Records.” The New Inquiry, 2013.

The Quiet Storm.” Pitchfork, 2012.

I Want My 18-34 Demographic: MTV’s Research-Heavy Approach to Radio and TV.”      The Village Voice, 2011.

New Festivals Struggle to Distinguish Themselves in a Crowded Market.” Rolling Stone, 2011.

Why the Christmas Song Canon Has a Boomer Bias.”, 2011.

The Social History of the mp3Pitchfork, 2009.


Graduate Fellowship from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminar on the Comparative Study of Cultures, 2010-2011, Spring 2012.


Panel: “Sound Selectors: Curation Work in the Digital Media Industries.” Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference, March 14-18 2018, Toronto, ON, Canada

Panel: “Beyond MTV: Mediating Music on Screen.” Society for Cinema & Media Studies Conference, March 22-26 2017, Chicago, IL

Panel: “Stream Engines: Streaming Services and Media Distribution.” Society for Cinema & Media Studies Conference, March 24-29 2015, Montreal, QC, Canada

Paper Presentation: “Siding With Vinyl: Record Store Day and the Branding of Independent Music.” Cultural Studies Association Conference, May 29-31 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Paper Presentation: “Who Got The Camera? The Mediated Births of Reality Rap and Reality TV, 1988-1992. Experience Music Project Pop Conference, April 24-27 2014, Seattle, WA

Panel: “Controlling the Promotional Flow: Managing Discourse and Data in Popular Music Culture.” International Communications Association Conference, May 24-28 2012, Phoenix, AZ

Paper Presentation: “This is Not a Photograph: Amateur Photography as Cover Art.” International Association for the Study of Popular Music Conference, March 9-13 2011, Cincinnati, OH

Paper Presentation: “We Are All Workers, This is Our Song: Affective Labor in a 21st Century Musical Brandscape.” Experience Music Project Pop Conference, February 25-27, 2011, University of California Los Angeles

Paper Presentation: “To Hold You In Time: the Pre-History of a Digital Music Commodity.” International Association for the Study of Popular Music Conference, April 8-11, 2010, Loyola University New Orleans

Paper Presentation: “Mp3 Blogs and Participatory Promotion.” Exploring New Media Worlds Conference, February 29-March 2, 2008, Texas A&M University
Co-Organizer: “Media, New” Conference/Symposium (sponsored by the Midwest Instructional Technology Center), June 7-9, 2005, Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA

Workshop participant/mentor: “Humanities By Other Means: Teaching, Learning and Multiple Media” Symposium/Conference (sponsored by the Midwest Instructional Technology Center), June 21-26, 2004, Kenyon College, Gambier, OH

Paper presentation with student: “Critically Evaluating Instructional Technologies in Liberal Arts Colleges” Symposium/Conference (sponsored by the Midwest Instructional Technology Center), March 18-20, 2004, Macalester College, St. Paul, MN

Workshop participant/mentor: “Teaching and Learning with Technology in the Humanities” (sponsored by the Midwest Instructional Technology Center), June 2003, Lawrence University, Appleton, WI


Student Organization Advising
The Indiana Daily Student, Arts & Culture section
D3TV: DePauw University Student Television
Studio 76: Weber State University Student Television
KWCR: Weber State University Student Radio (faculty advisor)


Book review editorial assistant: Political and Legal Anthropology Review
Manuscript reviewer: International Journal of Cultural Studies
Manuscript reviewer: Popular Music and Society 


International Association for the Study of Popular Music (2008-)
Association of Internet Researchers (2010-)
International Communication Association (2010-)
American Anthropology Association (2011-)
Society for Ethnomusicology (2011-)
Cultural Studies Association (2014-)


Grand Valley State University:
News Reporting
Multimedia Journalism Workshop
Arts & Entertainment Journalism
Feature Journalism
Multimedia Reporting

Weber State University:
Mass Media and Society
Advanced Broadcast Journalism and Production
Introduction to Audio Recording
Introduction to Studio Video Production
New Media in Professional Communication (Masters of Professional Communication seminar)

Indiana University:
Public Speaking
Introduction to Interpersonal Communication
Production as Criticism: Music Videos
Music and New Media
Advertising and Consumer Culture

DePauw University:
History of Rock Music: 1955-2000, Winter Term Intensive Seminar, January 2003
History of Punk Music: 1968-2000, Winter Term Intensive Seminar, January 2004


Music (as) media; media circulation and distribution; media production; media history, theory, and criticism; media industries and institutions; popular music; science and technology studies; performance studies; reception/fan studies; cultural studies; neoliberalism; intellectual property and copyright.