I'm a PhD candidate in German Studies at Stanford University, in the Department of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages. My research includes reading the politics of libretto against score in 19th and 20th century operas and combining posthumanism and thing theory by studying corpses in Wagner, Rilke and Celan. For my research in the digital humanities, I co-built an interactive Holocaust Music Map, illustrating where different pieces could be heard in Auschwitz concentration camp, and this fall I've co-founded the Stanford Code Poetry Slam. I stage-direct and dramaturg for Stanford Opera Workshop, which puts on three productions per year. Last year, I gave guest lectures on my work at the University of Minnesota and the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena.

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I'm a PhD candidate in German Studies at Stanford University, in the Department of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages. My research includes reading the politics of libretto against score in 19th and 20th century operas and combining posthumanism and thing theory by studying corpses in Wagner, Rilke and Celan. For my research in the digital humanities, I co-built an interactive Holocaust Music Map, illustrating where different pieces could be heard in Auschwitz concentration camp, and this fall I've co-founded the Stanford Code Poetry Slam. I stage-direct and dramaturg for Stanford Opera Workshop, which puts on three productions per year. Last year, I gave guest lectures on my work at the University of Minnesota and the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena.

Research



Instantiating Opera: the creation of German/Jewish musical space through wandering

Committee: Adrian Daub (German Studies), Tom Grey (Musicology), Russell Berman (German Studies)

This project focuses on a single production of Wagner's Parsifal (Syberberg 1981) and one of Schoenberg’s Moses und Aron (Straub/Huillet 1974) as "instantiations" of these operas. In each of these works, characters wander unhappily, seemingly endlessly, and, in so doing, participate in several different layers of space creation. Interpenetrating layers of space creation include the performance space of these particular instantiations (mediated and co-created by the film camera); the spaces described linguistically in the libretti; the musical "creation ex nihilo" of space by Wagner and Schoenberg, each of whom developed a self-deifying theoretical apparatus to explain how their music created space itself; and finally, how each dreams towards the creation of national spaces (Germany and Israel). In an interactive, digital component project, readers will be able to instantiate their own space by moving an avatar.

Teaching

Courses Taught
  • Gerlang 1, Fall 2012
  • Gerlang 2, Winter 2013
  • Gerlang 3, Spring 2013
  • What is German Literature? Fall 2013
  • Gerlang 2, Fall 2013
Teaching Statement

- interactive, immersion - move around, work with lots of different partners in different configurations - build elements of class towards a pinnacle, build on parts - something new every 10 minutes in a language class - mistakes, jokey atmosphere, we're in this together - lots of cultural activities- play guitar, sing, do videos, skits, pictionary, play games - student presentations, always be toggling between reading, writing, speaking, listening activities - take a personal interest in the students- meet with every student outside of class

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Stanford Opera Workshop

As a Stage Director and Dramaturg for "Sopera," I've had the opportunity to design and produce operatic productions, starring students from the Stanford Music Department. Working with Lecturer Marie-Louise Catsalis, the Musical Director and Producer of Stanford Opera Workshop, I've worked on these pieces in many different capacities - everything from choosing the individual songs and scenes that will comprise a production, to set design and construction, to stage management.

Digital Humanities

Holocaust Geographies

As my final project for a course taught through Stanford's Spatial History Project, I mapped music that occurred in Auschwitz concentration camp.

The Musical Geography of Auschwitz Concentration Camp

Article for The Appendix, July 2013, "Out Loud"

Press

Code Poetry

Code Poetry Slam

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Press

Service

Conferences Organized

Heroism in the Age of Beethoven, February 2013

Program of the Conference
This one-day conference will feature scholars discussing the role of heroism in Beethoven’s music and its reception. The central work under discussion was the Third Symphony ("Eroica"), originally dedicated to Napoleon Bonaparte. The day of lectures was concluded with a performance of the Eroica Symphony by the Stanford University Orchestra.

My responsibilities involved conceptualizing the project in consultation with Professor Adrian Daub and Professor Stephen Hinton, communicating with presenters, arranging travel details and catering, working with administrators in the DLCL and SiCA (make these linkable), and ensuring smooth transitions during the event.

Urban Jungles, October 2012

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Opera After Freud, February 2012

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  • Digital Humanities Search Committee graduate student representative for the DLCL
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  • Splash!
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  • German Studies Forum Coordinator, 2012-2013
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  • Research assistant to Adrian Daub, Summer 2013
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  • Taught Beginning German at Haus Mitteleuropa
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Guest Lectures and Presentations

Invited Guest Lectures

University of Minnesota, February, 2013

Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, November 2012

Presentations

German Studies Association Conference, Denver, October 2013

German Studies Colloquium, Stanford University, October 2013

Music in Detention Conference, Göttingen University, March 2013

Ghosts Conference, University of Michigan, October 2012

Urban Jungles Conference, Stanford University, October 2012

Music on the Edge Conference, University of California at Santa Barbara, May 2012

German Studies Forum, Stanford University, April 2012

Publications