As an Assistant Professor in the Arts and Administration Program (AAD) at the University of Oregon, I belong to a dynamic faculty training future arts and culture sector leaders to engage the social, technological, economic, and political dimensions of community and creativity. My background in folklore and ethnomusicology (Ph.D., Indiana University, 2004), media studies, public cultural programming, and international fieldwork has brought an ethnographically-grounded perspective on cultural production to the program’s curricular and research agendas. I combine training in the ethnographic exploration of creativity in everyday life with an interest in public presentation, management, and interpretation of artistic expression.
My commitment to arts is both personal and professional, and I understand arts administration to be a professional undertaking ultimately leading to the formation of meaning and community through programming. In my capacity as faculty coordinator for the community arts area of focus within the AAD program, I seek to provide students a balance between practical skills and critical inquiry that emphasizes the interplay between social, technological, and cultural facets of creative communities. This balance serves our students as they move into the 21st-century workforce—readying them for shifts in existing jobs as well as preparing them for professional opportunities that may not exist right now.