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Katherine In-Young Lee

Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology

Department: Ethnomusicology
UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music
2520 Schoenberg Music Building
Box 951657
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Keywords: Politics, Korea, East Asia, Music

Katherine In-Young Lee is intrigued by how analyses of sound and music can offer reappraisals of past events and contemporary cultural phenomena. In this vein, she has developed research projects that engage various types of “sonic evidence”—from the politicized drumming of dissent to the audible dimensions of a nation branding campaign. Her forthcoming book, Dynamic Korea and Rhythmic Form (Wesleyan University Press), explores how a percussion genre from South Korea (samul nori) became a global music genre. More broadly, she contends that rhythm-based forms serve as a critical site for cross-cultural musical encounters. Lee’s research on the role of music at scenes of protest during South Korea’s democratization movement was recognized with the Charles Seeger Prize by the Society for Ethnomusicology and the Martin Hatch Award by the Society for Asian Music. She has published in Ethnomusicology, the Journal of Korean Studies, and the Journal of Korean Traditional Performing Arts. Additionally, she has previously worked in arts administration in Seoul, South Korea, and she helped to host numerous musicians and scholars at UC Davis (2012-17).



Ph.D. Ethnomusicology, Harvard University; M.A. Ethnomusicology, University of Washington; B.M. Piano Performance; B.M. Musicology, University of Michigan



East Asia, Korean music, music and politics, sound studies, historiography, ethnography, global
circulations of form



Dynamic Korea and Rhythmic Form (forthcoming from Wesleyan University Press in Fall 2018)
“Ethnography of the Transnational,” in Out of Bounds: Ethnography, Music, History. Ingrid Monson, Richard K. Wolf, and Carol Oja, eds., Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press. (Forthcoming in Fall 2017)
“Dynamic Korea: Amplifying Sonic Registers in a Nation Branding Campaign,” Journal of Korean Studies, Vol. 20, No. 1, Spring 2015, pp. 113-147.
“The Drumming of Dissent during South Korea’s Democratization Movement,” Ethnomusicology Vol. 56 No. 2, Spring/Summer 2012, pp. 179-205.
*“서사가 판소리의 국제화를 위한 첫걸음,” 國樂院論文集 제19집, 2009: 284-290. [English: “On Conveying the Epic Vocal Genre of Pansori – Book Review of the Pansori Volume in the Korean Musicology Series,” in Journal of Korean Traditional Performing Arts 2009 19: 291-299.]

*Korean translation provided by the National Gugak Center (Seoul, South Korea)