University of Virginia

Ph.D, Critical & Comparative Studies in Music, May 2011
M.A., East Asian Studies, May 2004

Dissertation Fellowship, Presidential Fellowship

Virginia Commonwealth University

B.A., Music, School of the Arts, May 2001
B.A., Religious Studies, College of Arts & Humanities, May 2001

Magnum Cum Laude, Presidential Fellowship


Ethnographic Research
Digital and Data-Driven Research
Civic Innovation Strategy
Web, Social Media, and Open Data Design and Planning
Community Research and Arts Organizing
Staff Incubation and Capacity Building
Fellowship and Grant Writing
Native Fluency in Mandarin Chinese


Arts for LA, Program Advisory Committee, Member, 2015 – present

Cultural Research Network, Steering Committee, Member, 2015 – present

Society of Ethnomusicology, Council, Member, 2015 – present

Occidental College, Center for Digital Liberal Arts, Affiliated Scholar, 2013 – present


City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs

ACLS Public Fellow | Arts Manager, September 2013 – present

  • Found and lead Lab at DCA, a city staff innovation incubator
  • Lead the department’s web redesign
  • Direct GIS, digital, and data-informed analysis projects across the agency
  • Build a department-wide social media plan and team
  • Develop strategies to deploy the department’s Open Data Initiative and related data practices
  • Consult on digital initiatives managed by divisional staff

Occidental College, Los Angeles, CA

Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Digital Learning + Research, July 2011 – Present

  • Augment digital and media literacy among faculty, students, and staff by planning speaker series and leading workshops on topics including GIS and audio production
  • Designed and led an ethnographic project engaging Occidental students and sixth graders at Annandale Elementary School to co-produce audio documentaries
  • Developed and co-designed, a website featuring student research on Los Angeles’ diverse musical communities and practices
  • Organized faculty summer institute curriculum and collaborated with faculty to design digital research and teaching projects
  • Designed and taught three first-time course offerings including Race and Gender in Popular Music and Digital Music-Cultures; co-designed and co-taught a web design course
  • Published and presented empirical research on Asian American music and digital ethnography methodology

Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA

Adjunct Thesis Advisor, Media Design Practices MFA program, March 2013 – present

  • Participate in group critiques of students’ field and design work in Uganda
  • Provide evaluation of and consultation on students’ thesis projects

Lieberman Research Worldwide, Beverly Hills, CA

Freelance Researcher / Moderator, Qualitative Research, May 2013 – present

  • Conducted and led field-based market research in Taipei, Taiwan
  • Offered consultation on qualitative and ethnographic research design

University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

Research Fellow + Consultant, Scholars’ Lab, January 2010 – May 2010

  • Designed and developed a webscraping API for researching social media
  • Created GIS visualizations of transnational musician communities on Myspace
  • Presented research at Experience Music Project, and national meeting of International Association for the Study of Popular Music & Society of Ethnomusicology

 Instructor, September 2007 – May 2010

  • Designed and taught five courses including Music in Asian America, Race and Ethnicity in Popular Music, and Global Pop and Transnationalism
  • Co-designed and co-taught a multidisciplinary course on music and technology in society

Web Designer + Developer, International Center, August 2002 – December 2004

  • Co-led a site redesign project to document the experience of immigrant and international community at the University and in Charlottesville


LA Listens (, Los Angeles, CA

Co-Founder, Researcher, and Organizer, June 2014 – present

  • Design a multimodal research methodology to study neighborhood sounds
  • Implement ethnography and organize community sound walks
  • Publish and edit project reports on MIT Colab Radio
  • Procurement grant funding

Movable Parts (, Los Angeles, CA

Co-Founder, Researcher, and Strategist, January 2013 – present

  • Conceptualize the group’s mission to re-imagine the streets of Los Angeles through designing and implementing creative technologized performance systems
  • Manage and develop arts technology and maker projects
  • Established partnerships with University of Southern California’s Annenberg Innovation Lab, local advocacy groups such as CicLAvia, and Occidental College.
  • Program arts technology workshops
  • Propose and procure funding for project’s materials

The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative (, Charlottesville, VA

Volunteer Programming Coordinator, January 2008 – May 2011

  • Organized and curated audio events
  • Forged partnerships with local artists and cultural, arts, and advocacy organizations
  • Spearheaded community-wide disaster relief fund-raisers
  • Consulted with executive director to refine mission statement and plan for nonprofit transition
  • Facilitated dialogues on community access and diversity among director, board members, fellow volunteers and staff members
  • Co-wrote and published a performance review in TDR (The Drama Review)


Founder, musician, Dzian! (Pan-Asian garage pop band;, 2009 – present

  • Selected performances: Lummis Day Festival, Taiwan Festival in Monterey Park, Passport to Taiwan Festival in New York, Inter-Asia Pop Music Conference in Taipei
  • Featured performance review in the LA Weekly (

Co-founder, musician, Pinko Communoids (Improvised trio;, 2007 – 2011

  • Awarded funding for “Improvisational Encounter” (performing-research trip to Taiwan) from UVa’s Vice President of Student Affairs and Assistant Dean of Asian Pacific American Student Affairs
  • Selected performances: The Pop Conference at Experience Music Project, Sonic Circuits International Experimental Music Festival, and Feminist Theory and Music Conference