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 Analytics and Data-Informed Strategy
Impact Strategy and Civic Innovation
Government Technology and User Experience
Web, Social Media, and Open Data Design
Community Research and Arts Organizing
Staff Incubation and Capacity Building
Native Fluency in Mandarin Chinese


  • National Endowment for the Arts, Creativity Connects, invited roundtablist, 2015–present
  • Americans for the Arts, Animating Democracy Evaluator’s Circle, invited presenter, 2015–present
  • Center for Cultural Innovation, Advisory Committee, member, 2016–present
  • California Community Foundation, Social Change Data Commons, Advisory Committee, 2016–presen
  • Arts for LA, Program Advisory Committee, member, 2015–16
  • Cultural Research Network, Steering Committee, member, 2015–present
  • National Archives, grant review panelist, January 2017
  • LA County Arts Commission, grant review panelist, March 2015
  • Society of Ethnomusicology, Council, member, 2015–present


City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs

Senior Project Coordinator / Digital Strategist, March 2016 – Present

  • Develops agency-wide digital strategy and data policies
  • Develops data analysis models and oversees Department’s knowledge architecture
  • Leads UX research and digital design/service projects
  • Directs digital literacy and design thinking initiatives
  • Coordinates university research partnerships and related data science projects
  • Establishes partnerships with regional and national leaders in government and cultural innovation

ACLS Public Fellow | Arts Manager, September 2013 – September 2015

  • 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

  • Co-developed a civic sound data research and urban planning methodology
  • Collaborated with MIT’s Community Innovators Lab’s sound-based community engagement
  • Awarded with grant support from National Endowment for the Arts, Shuttleworth Foundation
  • Featured project on The Atlantic’s CityLab
  • Presented research at UCLA, NYU, and shared with City of LA Mayor’s Great Streets Program

Movable Parts (, Los Angeles, CA

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

  • Formed team mission for public-benefit creative technology design and build
  • Strategized sustainable arts technology projects and public engagement programming
  • Established partnerships with USC Annenberg Innovation Lab, CicLAvia, Bicycle Kitchen
  • Procured project funding from Metro Rideshare, LA River Corp, Occidental College

Paperphone (, Los Angeles, Boston, Durham, NC

Principal Investigator, Designer, June 2013 – April 2015

  • Led user experience research and audio software design
  • Procured project support from Franklin Humanities Institute at Duke University
  • Published in Provoke! Digital Sound Studies Collection


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
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