Ben has worked with students as a career advisor, a writing coach, a fellowships advisor, a music history instructor, and a peer mentor. He has had the opportunity to work with undergraduates across all disciplines, supporting their long-term goals, helping them craft their ideas into strong writing, and advocating for their ongoing success. Prior to joining the Haas Center, Ben worked with Career Advancement and the Office of Fellowships at Northwestern University during his doctoral studies in musicology. Ben’s dissertation is about practitioners of musical experimentalism in 1970s California, their pursuit of musical novelty and earnest study of New Age thought in the Cold War era, and the influence of philanthropic funding organizations on their music.
Born in Sacramento and raised in San Diego, Ben is excited to be back in California after studying and working in Philadelphia and Chicago. He looks forward to participating in music-related events on campus and getting involved with interest groups and nonprofit organizations in the Bay Area. His hobbies include sewing, knitting, singing, photography, field recording, gardening, drawing, archiving old media, and hearing about others’ passion projects.