M.A. Candidate – Class of 2018

I was born and raised in Westchester, New York.  As an undergraduate History major at Harvard College, I conducted original research on topics ranging from the role of opera in the rise of eighteenth-century European nationalism to tonal representations of exoticism in Purcell’s The Fairy Queen. As a contributing writer to The Harvard Crimson’s arts section, I reported on the importance of the arts and humanities in advancing human rights. I furthered my interests in law and politics as an associate editor of the Harvard College Law Review and member of the John Adams Debating Society. I continued my singing career at the Radcliffe Theater with the Gilbert and Sullivan Players and the Harvard College Opera, performing the role of the Duke in Patience and the two fairies in Hansel and Gretel.

Research Interests

I hope to research the connections between music and the spread of ideas, using interdisciplinary approaches to develop new perspectives and insights. I would like to explore the role of music and the arts in inspiring mass political movements and to study the effects of popular art on large-scale transnational events. The goal of my research is to apply multidimensional methods to understand how music can help determine political success or failure.

Education

  • BA, History, Harvard College, 2017