Zac is a seventh-year Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Music. His research explores French opera and its reception during and following the Second World War, engaging with questions of trauma, memory, and decolonialization. Before coming to Yale, he took a B.A. at Williams College, and he has studied abroad at the University of Oxford (Williams-Exeter Programme), the University of Cambridge (Dr. Herchel Smith Fellowship), and the École normale supérieure in Paris (Georges Lurcy Fellowship). As a writer, Zac particularly focuses on structuring arguments and crafting stylish prose. He has extensive experience preparing successful grant and fellowship applications, often edits dissertation chapters, and especially enjoys discussing conference papers, as an essentially oral genre.