She has published on 18th-century German melodrama, Puccini’s operas, women in music, American protest music, and 1960s British pop. Her books include: Dusty! Queen of the Postmods (Oxford, 2009), Music, Power, and Politics (Routledge, 2005), and Puccini and ‘The Girl’: History and Reception of Girl of the Golden West (Chicago, 2004). Dusty! won the Philip Brett Award of the American Musicological Society and was the subject of several radio interviews (Jon Schaefer’s Soundcheck [WNYC], Robin Young’s “Here and Now” [Boston NPR], the BBC 4′ s Woman’s Hour, “Newstalk with Tom Dunne” [Irish national radio], among others) and print articles in north America and Europe (The Atlantic, The Boston Globe, Daily Mail [UK]).
She has served as co-editor of the Music and Culture Series, Wesleyan University Press, Vice-President of International Association for the Study of Popular Music, and was a research fellow at Columbia University’s Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America.
She is a graduate of College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati (Ph.D, Musicology, 1995), DePaul University School of Music (M.Mus, Composition, 1985), University of Kent at Canterbury, England, (B.A., Early Modern European History, 1979).