I completed a PhD in ethnomusicology at the CUNY Graduate Center in June, 2017. My dissertation investigates the history of a category of Colombian music known as canción social (social song). In addition to my focus on the broad research area of music, politics, protest, and resistance, my other research interests include issues of tradition and cosmopolitanism as seen through the spread of brass bands throughout the world. I served as a Communication Fellow at the Bernard L. Schwartz Communication Institute at Baruch college, from 2013 to 2017, and am currently a Visiting Professor in the Music Department at Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia. Apart from my academic work, I play baritone horn for the Rude Mechanical Orchestra, a radical marching band based in Brooklyn, NY.