Current Short CV


PhD    Musicology;Certificate in Medieval & Renaissance Studies, Duke University, 2012

MM     Musicology, Peabody Conservatory, 2006

MM     Music Theory Pedagogy, Peabody Conservatory, 2005

BA       Music Performance; Religion, Gettysburg College, 1999

Professional Appointments               

The University of Hartford

The Hartt School, Department of Music History, Assistant Professor  2013–

Faculty Fellow, Humanities Center 2017–18

Selected Publications 


Non Est Minimo Dare Minus: The Development of Small Rhythmic Values in the Late Medieval Period. Monograph. Under preliminary review at Oxford University Press, Oxford Studies in Music Theory Series. 

Digital Publications

With James Cook. Oxford Bibliographies: Medievalism and Music. Under contract with Oxford University Press, forthcoming, August 2017.

“Cantigas de Santa Maria,” A-R Editions Online Musical Anthology, forthcoming 2017.

“Comtessa (Beatriz?) de Dia,” A-R Editions Online Musical Anthology, forthcoming 2017.

“Teaching the Pre-Modern Post-Inauguration,” guest blog post, MassMedieval: MASSachusetts State Universities Medieval Blog, February 1, 2017:

Journal Articles

Karen Cook and Carol Williams, “New Light on Frater Nicolaus de Aversa: His Plainchant Treatise in LHD 244,” Musica Disciplina, forthcoming, 2017.

“Text Mining and Early Music: Using Lexomics in Research.” Early Music (Winter 2015): 1–6.

“A New Reading of Binchois’s ‘Mon seul et souverain desir.’ ” Plainsong & Medieval Music 24, issue 2 (Oct. 2015): 167–88.

Book Chapters

“Gaming the Medieval World in Harry Potter,” The Oxford Handbook of Medievalism in Music, forthcoming, 2018.

“Music, History, and Progress in Sid Meier’s Civilization IV,” in Music and Video Games, edited by K.J. Donnelly, William Gibbons, and Neil Lerner, 166–82. New York: Routledge, 2014.

Book Reviews

Review of The Art of Grafted Song: Citation and Allusion in the Age of Machaut, by Yolanda Plumley (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014). Ars Lyrica, forthcoming 2017.

Review of The Musica of Hermannus Contractus, ed. and trans. Leonard Ellinwood, rev. and new introduction by John L. Snyder (Rochester, NY: University of Rochester Press, 2015), Francia-Recensio, 2017.

Review of The ‘Ars musica’ Attributed to Magister Lambertus/Aristoteles, edited by Christian Meyer & translated by Karen Desmond (Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2015). Theoria 22 (2015): 189–94.

Selected Manuscripts in Preparation                

“Beyond (the) Halo: Plainchant in Video Games,” for “Parallel Histories: Musical Pasts as Historical Presents—Representations of Early Music on Screen,” requested for a themed issue of Studies in Medievalism, forthcoming.

“Johannes Pipudi [Pipardi?],” New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, forthcoming 2017.

“Nicolaus de Aversa,” New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, forthcoming 2017.

“Mensural Terminology in Two ars nova Sources,” under review at Music Theory and Analysis.

Selected Invited Talks

“Beyond (the) Halo: Chant in Video Games,” Keynote Lecture, REMOSS (The Representation of Early Music on Stage and Screen) study group: Parallel Histories: Musical Pasts as Historical Presents, Centre for Music on Stage and Screen, University of Nottingham, UK, April 8, 2016

“Whose Music?” invited TedX lecture, TedX University of Hartford, October 17, 2015:

Selected Service to the Field

Board Member At-Large, Ludomusicology Study Group, American Musicological Society

Committee Member, North American Conference on Video Game Music

Selected Professional Memberships & Affiliations              

American Musicological Society

AMS: New England Chapter

AMS: Ludomusicology Study Group

Society for Music Theory

AMS/SMT: Early Music Analysis Interest Group

AMS/SMT: History of Music Theory Interest Group

Medieval Academy of America

Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship

International Machaut Society

Society for American Music

International Association for the Study of Popular Music