I was born in Houston, Texas into an interracial/bi-national family and grew up speaking both English and Spanish. Always moving between two worlds (without ever feeling that I had fully arrived in either) and keenly aware of belonging to a third (my Chinese heritage, to which I have never had access) has caused me to cultivate a relatively fluid cultural identity, and foster a healthy skepticism for prescribed boundaries. This attitude has caused me to question other structures of confinement--gender, nationality, class--leading to my musicological work on the construction and performance of "gentlemanliness" in England's Georgian era. It has inspired me to infuse my teaching with interdisciplinarity, and, as a musician, it has brought me to relentlessly interrogate how the canon came to be the canon.
An example of my irreverence for boundaries: though I am a classically trained musician, I also lead a double-life as a traditional Irish flutist, performing often with the Here Comes Everybody Players, and playing informally at local pubs. I'm an avid (though not at all competitive) long-distance runner, preferring trails to roads, and enjoy training for marathon or ultra-marathon distances. Currently, I live in Paris with my husband.
I look forward to connecting with you!