Center for General Education
After years of being a pop culture collector geek, I started studying its role in my life and those of others. I earned a BA in English, an MA in American Studies, with a focus on popular culture, and a PhD in Public Communication, with a focus on media studies, all from the University of Maryland, College Park. My dissertation was titled: Dangerous Music: The Eternal Refrain.
Eventually, I switched sides of the desk and began to teach about popular culture as well. I have been teaching media studies for over a decade and a half at University level. I also taught classes on the history of popular music at the Smithsonian Institution for several years.