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 (Selected)

“Nicolaus de Aversa, Frater.” Grove Music Online. Oxford University Press, forthcoming, 2018.

With James Cook. “Music and Medievalism.” In Oxford Bibliographies in Music. Edited by Bruce Gustafson. New York: Oxford University Press, March 2018.  doi: 10.1093/obo/9780199757824-0241

“John Dunstaple.” A-R Editions Online Musical Anthology, 2018. [log-in required]

“Beyond the Grave: The Dies Irae in Video Games.” Sounding Out! December 18, 2017.

“Cantigas de Santa Maria,” A-R Editions Online Musical Anthology, 2017. [log-in required]

“Comtessa (Beatriz?) de Dia,” A-R Editions Online Musical Anthology, 2017. [log-in required]

Journal Articles (Selected)

“Whose Music? Questions of Representation in the Early Music Survey,” under review at/accepted for Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching (SMART), forthcoming 2018.

“Going Medieval on (in?) Music: The Early Music Survey Course at a Conservatory,” under review at/accepted for Out of the Cloister: Lone Medievalists Making the Middle Ages Matter, a themed issue of The Lone Medievalist, forthcoming 2018.

Karen Cook and Carol Williams, “New Light on Frater Nicolaus de Aversa: His Plainchant Treatise in LHD 244,” Musica Disciplina 60 (2015, pub. 2017): 115–148.

“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

“ ‘The Things I Do For Lust …’: Humor and Subversion in The Bard’s Tale (2004),” requested for Music and Role-Playing Games, edited by William Gibbons and Steven Reale, New York: Routledge, forthcoming 2018/2019.

“Gaming the Medievalist World in Harry Potter,” under contract with The Oxford Handbook of Medievalism in Music, forthcoming 2018.

“Beyond (the) Halo: Plainchant in Video Games,” for “Parallel Histories: Musical Pasts as Historical Presents—Representations of Early Music on Screen,” Studies in Medievalism, 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 24 (2015, pub. 2017): 75–78.

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                

“Medieval Emotion and Music in Video Games,” requested for a themed issue of postmedieval, to be submitted in Oct 2018.

“Renaissance Music in Assassin’s Creed II,” requested for The Museum of Renaissance Music: A History in 100 Exhibits, edited by Tim Shephard and Vincenzo Borghetti, to be submitted in Sept 2018.

“1378: Music and the Papal Schism,” requested for Early Music America, to be submitted in June 2018.

“Johannes Pipudi [Pipardi?],” New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, forthcoming 2018.

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

Selected Invited Talks

“Hildegard’s Women,” Keynote Lecture, Women Composers’ Festival of Hartford,  Hartford, CT, April 7, 2018.

“Twenty-First-Century Renaissance: Modern Visions of the Past,” Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies, Amherst, MA, Oct 25, 2017.

“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

Executive Committee Member, The Society for the Study of Sound and Music in Games

Editorial Board Member, Journal of Sound & Music in Games

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