Specialist in 20th-century topics including music and sound in film, popular genres, American music, and the history of recorded sound. Recipient, AMS-50 Dissertation Fellowship from the American Musicological Society for "On the Chaplinesque in Music: Studies in the Musical Reception of Charlie Chaplin." Author of articles published in books such as Music and Cinema (Wesleyan University Press, 2000), Wagner and Cinema (Indiana University Press, 2010) and Spectatorship: Shifting Theories of Gender, Sexuality, and Media (University of Texas Press, 2017) and journals including American Music, Music and the Moving Image, Camera Obscura, and Spectator. Papers presented at conferences of the American Musicological Society, Society for American Music, International Musicological Society, Society for Cinema and Media Studies, the International Association for the Study of Popular Music, and the Cineteca di Bologna's 2014 Birth of the Tramp conference marking the centenary of Chaplin's first films. In Fall 2013 he served as project scholar for America's Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway, a series hosted by the Skokie (Illinois) Public Library and funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. His article on the use of music from Richard Strauss's Salome in films of the 1950s, titled "And the mystery of love is greater than the mystery of Ginger Rogers...," appeared in the journal Opera Quarterly in 2015.