Ethnomusicologist Dr. Yun Emily Wang joins the Duke Music faculty

Dr. Wang holds the Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology from the University of Toronto, having previously earned the M.M. degree in Viola Performance (UNC Greensboro) and the M.A. in Humanities and Social Thought (New York University). The recipient of numerous grants and prizes, including the Charles Seeger Prize, Martin Hatch Prize, Wong Tolbert Prize, and Clara Henderson Prize from the Society for Ethnomusicology, she served on the SEM council as well as the Society’s Diversity Action Committee, and co-chaired the Sound Studies Special Interest Group. 

She is currently completing a book manuscript, Sounding “Homes” and Making Do in Sinophone Toronto, which draws on long-term ethnographic fieldwork to argue for the critical role of everyday sounding and listening in how people come to know themselves as diasporic subjects within state multiculturalism.

Her research interests include the experiences and politics of transnational migration with an emphasis on sound studies; gender and sexuality; Asian America; and exploration of the micro-social intersections between history, biography, and interpersonal relationships.

“Professor Wang brings interests and expertise to our department that will help expand our embrace of what is a living, breathing, and ever-evolving field,” says Jonathan Bagg, Chair of the Department of Music. “The territory between art music and sound culture will become more familiar to us with Emily here to help us explore. We are tremendously excited to welcome her to Duke.”