Short CV/Education and training

  • 2003
    Doctor of Philosophy, School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS), University of London

  • 2003 – 2006
    Research Fellow & Tutor, Corpus Christi College, University of Cambridge

  • 2005
    Temporary University Lecturer, Faculty of Music, University of Cambridge

  • 2006 – 2008
    University Lecturer, School of Music, University of Leeds

  • Since 2009
    University Lecturer, Department of Music, King’s College London

  • 2011 – 2015
    Principal Investigator, European Research Council Starting Grant: “Musical Transitions to European Colonialism in the Eastern Indian Ocean”

Selected publications

  • With Francesca Orsini, eds. Tellings and texts: music, literature and performance in North India. (Cambridge: Open Book 2015, forthcoming).

  • The Social Liminality of Musicians. Special issue of twentieth–century music, (2007) 3/1, co–edited with Laudan Nooshin.

  • "Indian music in the Persian collections: the Javahir al–Musiqat–i Muhammadi" British Library Asian and African studies blog. Part 1 (7/10/14) and Part 2(13/10/2014)

  • “The origins & early development of khayal.” In J Bor, F Delvoye, J Harvey & E te Nijenhuis, eds. Essays on the history of North Indian music. (New Delhi: Manohar, 2010).

  • “The courtesan tale: female musicians & dancers in Mughal historical chronicles,” Gender & History 24/1 (2012) pp. 150–71.

  • “Reviving the golden age again: ‘classicization’, Hindustani music & the Mughals,” Ethnomusicology 54/3 (2010), pp. 484–517.

  • “Did Aurangzeb ban music? Questions for the historiography of his reign,” Modern Asian Studies 41/1 (2007), pp. 77–121.

  • “If music be the food of love: masculinity & eroticism in the Mughal mehfil.” In Francesca Orsini, ed. Love in South Asia: a cultural history. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006), pp. 61–83.

Books in progress

  • Ephemeral histories: writings on music in late Mughal India, 1748-1858. With Julia Byl and David Lunn, eds.

  • Sounds across the Bay: Musical Transitions through Colonialism in India and the Malay World


Selected projects

  • European Research Council Starting Grant, Principal Investigator: “Musical Transitions to European Colonialism in the Eastern Indian Ocean”, 2011 – 2015

  • Leverhulme Trust Artist in Residency, Research Advisor to harpsichordist Jane Chapman, Artist in Residence, Foyle Special Collections Library, King’s College London, 2011

  • European Research Council Advanced Grant, Regional Advisor: “Music, Digitization, Mediation: Towards Interdisciplinary Music Studies” (Principal Investigator Georgina Born, University of Cambridge), 2010–2014

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society

  • Member of The Islamic Manuscripts Association, The Society for Ethnomusicology

  • The British Forum for Ethnomusicology

Additional qualifications

  • MMus Ethnomusicology (Distinction)

  • BMus (First Class)

  • AMusA


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