About Me

I research the dimension reduction problem, representing high-dimensional and noisy sequential data as a low-dimensional object that encodes relevant information. I apply my work to tasks from the interdisciplinary field of Music Information Retrieval (MIR), such as locating the chorus of a given musical song or finding all copies of a particular recording of a song.

I am currently a visiting assistant professor in the MSCS Department at Macalester College with Chad Higdon-Topaz as my post-doctoral mentor. I am the Principal Investigator for the Data Science TRAIn Lab.

I am passionate about teaching and learning. My teaching style relies on creating a low-risk, supervised learning environment and using a variety of collaborative and active learning techniques.

In May 2014, I defended my Ph.D. dissertation, titled Aligned Hierarchies of Sequential Data, in the Department of Mathematics at Dartmouth College. I am a student of Scott D. Pauls, and also worked with Michael A. Casey. I received my B.A. in Mathematics from Wellesley College in 2008 and my M.A. in Mathematics from Dartmouth in 2010.

I believe in participating in organizations and environments that encourage and support women in STEM fields, such as the Women in Machine Learning Workshop (WiML). In 2013 at a high-school in New Hampshire, I helped create LadyHack, a programming club comprised of motivated, female students.

I love attending hackathons, especially Music Hack Days. I am originally from Maryland but most recently from Vermont. As a result, I am torn as to whether Old Bay or Maple syrup makes all things better.

Research, Teaching, and More

Read about my approach to the Dimension Reduction Problem for sequential data

Get a sense of my teaching in and beyond the classroom.

Learn more about me, and my interests beyond teaching and research.


  • Project NExT Fellow

    I am a member of the Red '15 Cohort of the MAA's Project NExT (New Experiences in Teaching) and attended MAA MathFest in August 2015 as part of my fellowship.
  • Invited Talk at Gustavus Adolphus College

    I spoke at the MCS Department, presenting "Aligned Hierarchies for Sequential Data" in March 2015.
  • Thesis Code Released

    I released the code used for the results in my Ph.D. Dissertation "Aligned Hierarchies for Sequential Data." The code is available on GitHub