I am a music theorist and ethnomusicologist whose publications focus on two intersecting areas: 1) music and politics, particularly as it relates to social movements and war trauma; and 2) popular music in global context, exploring social and aesthetic processes of globalization and identity formation. My publications address intertextuality, musical metaphor, cyberspace, urban soundscapes, popular music analysis, the interaction of linguistics and music, and the music industry, particularly as it relates to hip hop, Japanese music, and Cuban music. Combining ethnography with music theory, I develop frameworks drawn from linguistics, political science, urban studies, literary studies, and financial analysis. I am the editor of a book series on Japanese popular music and co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of Protest Music.
Recent research topics include:
- Urban space and its interaction with street performance and protests
- Types of intertextuality in protest music and their relation to sociopolitical circumstances
- The constraints placed on Japanese musicians and the roles they take in the antinuclear movement
- Interaction of phonetics and meter with meaning in African American hip hop and Japanese rock
- Japanese identity as expressed by popular musicians outside Japan
- Musical commemoration of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
EducationCUNY Graduate Center, Ph.D., Ethnomusicology and Music Theory
Stanford University, MBA, Graduate School of Business.
Yale University, BA, Mathematics and Music (two majors)
A more complete list is available at
The Revolution Will Not Be Televised: Protest Music after Fukushima
. Oxford University Press .
Series editor, 33-1/3 Japan book series.
2017 Supercell ft. Hatsune Miku
by Keisuke Yamada
2017 Yoko Kanno’s Cowboy Bebop
by Rose Bridges
2018 Perfume’s GAME
by Patrick St. Michel
by Patrick Galbraith and Jason Karlin
2019 Cornelius’s Fantasma
by Martin Roberts
2020 Joe Hisaishi’s Music for My Neighbor Totoro,
by Kunio Hara
Peer-reviewed journal articles (selected; see full list on Google Scholar or Academia.edu
2019 “We Gon’ Be Alright? The Ambiguities of Kendrick Lamar’s Protest Anthem.” In “Forum on Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly.
” Music Theory Online
25/1 (May). http://mtosmt.org/issues/mto.19.25.1/mto.19.25.1.manabe.html
2019 “Chants of the Resistance: Flow, Memory, and Inclusivity.” In “Forum on Sound in the Women’s March and Beyond.” Music and Politics
13/1 (Winter). http://dx.doi.org/10.3998/mp.9460447.0013.105
2013 “Music in Japanese Antinuclear Demonstrations: The Evolution of a Contentious Performance Model.” The Asia-Pacific Journal,
11/42 (October 21).
2013 “Representing Japan: ‘National’ Style Among Hip-Hop DJs.” Popular Music
2006 “Globalization and Japanese Creativity: Adaptation of Japanese Language to Rap.” Ethnomusicology
50/1 (Winter): 1–36. https://www.jstor.org/stable/20174422
ProjectsMUSIC AND SOCIAL MOVEMENTS
Monograph: Revolution Remixed
: Intertextuality in Protest Music.
Edited volume: Oxford Handbook of Protest Music,
co-edited with Eric Drott. Forthcoming.
Edited volume: Nuclear Music: Sonic Responses to War, Disaster, and Power,
co-edited with Jessica Schwartz. Forthcoming.
Blog on protest sounds
POPULAR MUSIC IN JAPAN
Japanese club musics
Japanese popular musicians in Europe and Brazil
Japanese children’s songs
33-1/3 Japan, series editor, book series
POPULAR MUSIC ANALYSIS
Rock and hip hop in Japanese language
Comparative studies of hip hop in multiple languages
Analysis of hip hop
Upcoming Talks and ConferencesFor 2024:
University of Buffalo
Universidad de Playa Ancha, Valparaiso, Chile
Society for Music Theory, Peer Learning Program
Queens University, Belfast
Past talks, 2023:
University of North Texas, Music Department Colloquium
Association for Asian Studies conference
Portland State University, Center for Japanese Studies
Wesleyan University, East Asian Studies
University of Colorado-Boulder, Anthropology
Music Culture in the Age of Streaming, University of Leeds
Florida State University, Keynote, Music Theory Forum.
MembershipsSociety for Ethnomusicology (past Treasurer, Board, Council)
Society for Music Theory (past chair, Publication Awards Committee)
Association for Asian Studies (Finance Committee)
Japan Association for the Study of Popular Music
Society for Japanese Studies (Board of Trustees)