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Music Studies: Music Theory


    • BA: Music and Mathematics, Yale University
      MBA: Stanford University
      PhD: Ethnomusicology and Music Theory, CUNY Graduate Center

      Noriko Manabe joined the Boyer faculty in January 2016. She previously served as Assistant Professor of Musicology at Princeton University, with affiliations in East Asian Studies, Latin American Studies, and American Studies. She received her PhD from CUNY Graduate Center, where she completed requirements for both ethnomusicology and music theory. Her research draws from the social sciences, ethnography, and musical and linguistic analysis. 

      Manabe’s research centers on music and social movements and on popular music. Her first monograph, The Revolution Will Not Be Televised: Protest Music After Fukushima (Oxford University Press, 2015), addresses the different roles of musicians in the performance spaces of cyberspace, demonstrations, festivals, and recordings. Her second monograph, Revolution Remixed: Intertextuality in Protest Songs (Oxford, under contract), constructs a typology of intertextuality as it pertains to protest songs and analyzes cases drawn from the Japanese antinuclear movement. Manabe has also published journal articles and book chapters on Japanese hip-hop, rap and language, ringtones, online radio, children’s songs as propaganda, Cuban modernists, and Cuban singer-songwriter Silvio Rodríguez. Her articles have appeared in Ethnomusicology, Popular Music, Asian Music, Latin American Music Review, Oxford Handbook of Mobile Music Studies, Oxford Handbook of Children’s Musical Cultures, Cambridge Companion to Hip-Hop, and other publications.

      Manabe is currently writing a monograph on the development of nationalistic symbols in Japanese children’s songs from the Meiji Era to the Allied Occupation, and another on identity, aesthetics, and transnationalism in Japanese hip-hop, reggae/dancehall, and electronic dance music. She is co-editing the essay collection Sonic Contestations of Nuclear Power (with Jessica Schwartz) and The Oxford Handbook of Protest Music (with Eric Drott). Manabe serves on the editorial board for Twentieth-Century Music, ascontributing editor for The Asia-Pacific Journal,Chair of the Investment Committee for the Society for Ethnomusicology (SEM), and the Program Committee for the Society for Music Theory (SMT, 2016).

      Manabe’s research has been funded by fellowships from NEH, Kluge Center, Japan Foundation, and SSRC/JSPS. Her first book won subventions from SEM and the Barr-Feree Foundation, and the second book won subventions from SMT. The article, “Music in Japanese Antinuclear Demonstrations” (Asia-Pacific Journal 2013) won the Waterman Prize from SEM. In addition to Japan, she has conducted field and archival work in Cuba, Spain, Brazil, Mexico, and Bali.

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      Photo of Dr. Manabe: Scott Gilbard


    • Selected Works and Publications


      The Revolution Will Not Be Televised: Protest Music After Fukushima. Oxford University Press, 2015.

      Revolution Remixed: Intertextuality in Protest Songs. Under contract with Oxford University Press.

      Oxford Handbook of Protest Music, co-edited with Eric Drott. In preparation.

      Sonic Contestations of Nuclear Power, co-edited with Jessica Schwartz. In preparation.


      Uprising: Music, Youth, and Protest against the Policies of the Abe Shinzō Government.” The Asia-Pacific Journal 12, no. 32/3 (August 11, 2014).

      “Music in Japanese Antinuclear Demonstrations: The Evolution of a Contentious Performance Model.”The Asia-Pacific Journal,11/42 (October 21, 2013),

      Waterman Prize, Popular Music Section, Society for Ethnomusicology, 2014.

      “Representing Japan: ‘National’ Style Among Hip-Hop DJs.” Popular Music 32/1 (2013): 35–50.

      "Straight Outta Ichimiya: The Rise of a Rural Japanese Rapper.” The Asia-Pacific Journal 11/5 (February 4, 2013),

      "The No Nukes 2012 Concert and the Role of Musicians in the Anti-Nuclear Movement.” The Asia-Pacific Journal Vol. 10, Issue 29, No. 2, July 16, 2012,

      “Reinterpretations of the son: Guillén’s Motivos de son as interpreted by Grenet, García Caturla, and Roldán.” Latin American Music Review 30/2 (Fall/Winter 2009): 115–158. Analysis-heavy version of Spanish-language article below.

      "New Technologies, Industrial Structure, and the Consumption of Music in Japan.” Asian Music 39/1 (2008): 81–107.

      "Lovers and Rulers, the Real and the Surreal: Harmonic Metaphors in Silvio Rodríguez’s Songs.” Transcultural Music Review 10 (2006).

      “Globalization and Japanese Creativity: Adaptation of Japanese Language to Rap.” Ethnomusicology 50/1 (Winter 2006): 1–36.


      “Hip-Hop and Reggae in Recent Japanese Social Movements.” In Two Haiku and a Microphone: Traveling Texts and the Work of Afro-Japanese Cultural Production, ed. William H. Bridges IV and Nina Cornyetz, 209–22. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2015.

      “Japanese Hip-Hop: Alternative Stories.” In Cambridge Companion to Hip-Hop, ed. Justin Williams, 243–55. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015.

      “A Tale of Two Countries: Online Radio in the United States and Japan.” In Oxford Handbook of Mobile Music and Sound Studies, Vol. 1, ed. Sumanth Gopinath and Jason Stanyek, 456–95. New York: Oxford University Press, 2014.

      “Songs of Japanese Schoolchildren During World War II.”  In Oxford Handbook of Children’s Musical Cultures, ed. Patricia Campbell and Trevor Wiggins, 96–113. New York: Oxford University Press, 2012.

      “Going Mobile: Ringtones, the Mobile Internet, and the Music Market in Japan.” In Internationalizing Internet Studies: Beyond Anglophone Paradigms, ed. Gerard Goggin and Mark McLelland, 316–32. New York: Routledge, 2009.


      “La musique dans le mouvement antinucléaire japonais après Fukushima: quatre espaces de manifestation.” Popular Music and Protest in the 21st Century, ed. Jedediah Sklower. In press.

      “How Music and Musicians Communicate the Antinuclear Message” and

      “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised: Anti-Nuclear Protest Music in Post-Fukushima Japan.” 3.11 Virtual Conference: Looking Back to Look Forward, STS Forum on Fukushima, March 11–15, 2013,

      “Ring My Bell: Cell Phones and the Japanese Music Market.” Music in Japan Today, ed. E. Michael Richards and Kazuko Tanosaki, 257–67. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2008.

      “Reinterpretaciones del son: Versiones de Motivos de son de Guillén por Grenet, García Caturla, y Roldán.” In El son y la salsa en la identidad del Caribe, ed. Darío Tejeda and Rafael Yunén, 515–32. Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic: Centro León, Instituto de Estudios Caribeños, Secretaría de Estado de Cultura, 2008.

      “Don Giovanni’s Elvira: Analysis of the Evolution of a Mezzo Carattere.” In Interpretare Mozart: Atti del convegno, ed. Mariateresa Dellaborra, Guido Salvetti, and Claudio Toscani, 127–46. Lucca, Italy: Libreria Musicale Italiana, 2007.


      Susan Thomas’ Cuban Zarzuela: Performing Race and Gender on Havana’s Lyric Stage (University of Illinois Press).Latin American Music Review 33/1 (Spring/Summer 2012): 124–30.


      “Japanese Hip-Hop,” “DJ Krush.” In Encyclopedia of Pop Culture in Asia and Oceania, ed. Jeremy Murray and Kathy Nadeau, under contract. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood Publishing.

      “J-Pop.” In Grove Dictionary of American Music, ed. Charles Garrett. New York: Oxford University Press, 2013.

      “Canción romántica,” “Nueva trova,” “Silvio Rodríguez.” In Encyclopedia of Latin American Popular Music, ed. George Torres, 70–73, 286–88, 285. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood Publishing, 2013.


    • Selected Engagements (2015 – )
      Upcoming events


      “Music, Healing, and Commemoration of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki Bombings.”
      -- Association for Asian Studies, Seattle, April 2016.

      “Playing with Space: A Methodology for Analyzing Urban Space, Soundscape, and Performance Through Japanese Antinuclear Demonstrations.”
      -- Society for Ethnomusicology, December 2015.
      -- American Musicological Society, Popular Music Study Group, November 2015.

      “Typologies of Intertextuality in Recent Social Movements.”
      -- Society for Music Theory, St. Louis, October 2015.

      “Protest through Nostalgia: Evocation of Childhood in Antinuclear Songs of Post-Fukushima Japan.”
      -- International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM) Executive Conference, Sao Paolo, June 2015.

      “Atoms for Cuteness: Visualizing the Nuclear Past and Present through Children’s Culture.”
      -- Association for Asian Studies, Chicago, March 2015.
      -- American Anthropological Association, Washington, DC, December 2014.

      “A Typology of Intertextuality in Protest Songs.”
      -- Intertextuality in Music Since 1900 Conference, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, March 2015.

      “Urban Geography, Soundscape, and the Performance of Japanese Antinuclear Demonstrations.”
      -- Hearing Landscape Critically Conference, Harvard University, January 2015. 

      CONFERENCES (invited)

      “Analyzing Music in Social Movements.”
      -- Franklin Humanities Institute, Mellon Seminars in Historical, Global, and Emerging Humanities, Duke University, December 2015.

      “Nuclear Childhoods: Nuclear Characters and the Antinuclear Movement.”
      -- Child’s Play: Multisensory History of Children and Childhoods in Japan and Beyond.
      -- University of California at Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, February 2015.


      “Music in Antinuclear Protests: Talk and Workshop.”
      -- Sound Studies Colloquium, University of Minnesota, April 2016.

      “Music and the Antinuclear Movement.”
      -- Department of Anthropology, University of Colorado, March 2016.
      -- Middlebury College, January 2016.

      “Musicians and the Japanese Antinuclear Movement Post-Fukushima.”
      -- Princeton Nuclear Futures Laboratory, February 2016.

      “Issues in the Analysis of Popular and Non-Canonical Musics.”
      -- CUNY Graduate Center, November 2015.

      “A Typology of Intertextuality in Protest Music.”
      -- Ethnomusicology Colloquium, Oxford University, October 2015.
      -- Music Colloquium, New York University, September 2015.

      “Intertexuality in Protest Music Post-3.11”
      -- Kadokawa Summer Program, University of Tokyo, July 2015.

      -- Westminster Choir College, Rider University, April 2015.

      “Popular Culture and Recent Social Movements in Japan.”
      -- East Asian Humanities, Princeton University, April 2015.

      “Musicians in the Japanese Antinuclear Movement: Motivations, Roles, and Risks.”
      -- Asia and the Environment Workshop, Oberlin College, February 2015.

      “A Typology of Intertextuality in Protest Songs in Post-Fukushima Japan.”
      -- Oberlin College Conservatory, February 2015.

      “Art and Activism: A Conversation with Vijay Iyer and Noriko Manabe.”

      -- Whitman College, Princeton University, February 2015.


      Topos Bookstore
      Queens, January 8, 2016.

      Kinokuniya, New York City

      In coversation with Jonathan Pieslak.

      Potter's House
      Washington, DC, February 20, 2016.

      Labyrinth Bookstore, Princeton
      In conversation with Jonathan Pieslak
      Princeton, NJ, March 9, 2016.

      Elliot Bay Book Company
      Seattle, Washington, April 2, 2016.