I am a historian who researches, writes, and teaches on a wide variety of interdisciplinary topics related to the global history, musics, and cultures of the United States. I also do consulting for music festivals, archives, and non-profits focused on history, traditional music, and cultural sustainability.
My current historical research focuses on legal spatiality related to offshore mineral extraction in the submerged lands of the continental shelf. Check out my research and recent publications page.
I also publish regularly in ethnomusicology and folklore, particularly related to Texas-Mexican conjunto music, Mexican migrant music cultures, and vernacular musics of the United States
I’m involved in a number of applied ethnomusicological and public folklore projects such as the Festival of Texas Fiddling, which I founded in 2014 and for which I serve as Artistic Director. The Festival of Texas Fiddling is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in San Antonio. I serve as a consultant for the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center in San Antonio for their annual Tejano Conjunto Festival en San Antonio.
I am Professor and Chair of the History Department at Virginia Wesleyan University in Virginia Beach, where I offer courses on U.S. history and culture, sound and noise, and selected topics in Asian history.