Research

Integrating musicology, religious studies, and book history, my interdisciplinary research concerns early modern print culture and the pedagogical role of music in the formation of religious identity, particularly in Reformation England. For the last four years, I have studied the cultural impact of printed music in sixteenth-century England on Protestant religious life through close study of the English Reformation’s primary hymnal, The Whole Booke of Psalmes. To date, my research has borne fruit in my dissertation and two published articles. I am currently engaged in two book projects, both standing at the intersection of musicology and book history. The first is the completion of my monograph, Reading The Whole Booke of Psalmes, which examines the WBP from the perspective of book history and the history of reading. Through close analysis of 133 of 143 editions, and 222 book-copies, I consider how this popular book was read, what readers were instructed to learn from paratextual materials, and what we can learn about Elizabethan publishers and typesetters by reading it closely ourselves. Concurrent with the completion of this first monograph, I am in the archival research stage of my second book project, Printed Music and its Readers in Sixteenth-Century England. Expanding my focus beyond the WBP, this project investigates paratextual features, manuscript annotations, and corrections in all other books of music printed in sixteenth-century England. My goal is to understand how the English populace interacted with these material objects, and how English music printing itself was a force that both reflected and shaped its society.

You can read more about my publications, my dissertation, my other ongoing projects, and my recent conference papers on the pages found under the drop-down menu or by clicking the links.