I am an Assistant Professor of Music (Ethnomusicology) at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY. My primary research interests include discourses of sovereignty and “wildness” in post-Soviet Ukrainian popular music, cultural policy, music and nationalism, and folklore and nuclear experience after Chornobyl. I also work on critical organology, and wrote my M.A. thesis on the piano accordion and its “cultural baggage” in the U.S. In February 2012, I received my Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology from Columbia University. My dissertation, “‘Wild Music’: Ideologies of Exoticism in Two Ukrainian Borderlands,” was based on fieldwork that I conducted in Crimea and Western Ukraine in 2008-9. It was awarded distinction by the Columbia Graduate School of Arts & Sciences.
In the fall of 2014, I began an appointment as Assistant Professor of Music at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY. Previously, in 2013-14, I was the Jacyk Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies at the University of Toronto. In the fall of 2012, I was a Mihaychuk Postdoctoral Fellow at the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute. Earlier in 2013, I was a Jacyk Visiting Instructor and Research Fellow at the Harriman Institute at Columbia University.
I perform (somewhat infrequently) with two of my best gal pals in The Debutante Hour and, since 2004, with Anti-Social Music. I sing Ukrainian village songs with Ensemble Hilka and, more recently, Zozulka. In 2012, I did a six month US, European, and Trans-Siberian to China tour playing punk shows with my husband Franz Nicolay. Since 2010, I have been faculty at summer music camps including The Puget Sound Guitar Workshop, California Coast Music Camp, and August Heritage Festival Vocal Week, where I have taught Ukrainian village songs, piano accordion, and assorted other things.