I study the manifestation of political, religious, and social tensions in music and drama. I am very interested in political sponsorship of the arts, and in situations where musical practice is co-opted or adapted for political ends. I also study military history – a topic that is interlinked with music much more often than you might think, especially when looking at pirates and maritime history. For my doctoral dissertation, I wrote a musical and military history of the island of Mauritius in the southern Indian Ocean – once the greatest French military base in the Eastern Hemisphere.
I am currently engaged in adapting my dissertation research for publication and in research on music during the Haitian Revolution (1791-1804).
Some of my other research interests that I am presently pursuing include:
- Colonial music traditions in British, Dutch, and French overseas island possessions
- The Filles d’Opéra Singer-Courtesans in Parisian Society circa 1730-65
- Nationalism in French opéra comique during the July Monarchy (1830-1848)
- American Musical Theatre (especially P.G. Wodehouse and racism in the theatre)
Some of my past research areas include:
- Reformation hymnody
- 16th-century Anglo-French motet manuscripts
- 17th-century Roman sacred opera
- 17th-century sacred music theory
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