Lei Ouyang Bryant
Associate Professor of Music
Music & Dance
Lei Ouyang Bryant (Ph.D. and M.A. in Ethnomusicology, University of Pittsburgh; B.A. in East Asian Studies, Macalester College) is an Associate Professor of Music at Swarthmore College. Her scholarly interests are in music, culture, and performance in East Asia (primarily China, Japan, and Taiwan) and Asian America. Her research examines issues of music and memory, identity, politics, race and ethnicity, popular culture, and social justice. Research projects include music and memory in the Chinese Cultural Revolution, Race and Performance in Asian American musical theatre, and social justice and taiko drumming in the American Midwest. Lei previously taught at Skidmore College (2006-2017) as Associate Professor of Music and at Macalester College (2004-2006) as a Consortium for Faculty Diversity Postdoctoral Fellow. You can find her CV and published work at academia.edu.
Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 2004 (Dissertation: 'New Songs of the Battlefield': Songs and Memories of the Chinese Cultural Revolution)
M.A. in Ethnomusicology, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 2001 (Thesis: A Musical Metaphor for Nation Building: The Folk Song "Esashi Oiwake" in Early Twentieth Century Japan)
Advanced Certificate in Asian Studies, Language concentration: Chinese, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 2001
B.A. in East Asian Studies, Language concentration: Japanese, Macalester College, St. Paul, Minnesota, 1997 (Thesis: Popular Music of Taiwan and Japan)
RESEARCH AND TEACHING INTERESTS:
Chinese Cultural Revolution, Taiko drumming, music and intersections with topics including memory, politics, race/ethnicity, identity and social justice.
2018. “Teaching Mao through Music: Pedagogy and Practice in the Liberal Arts Classroom.” Journal of Music History Pedagogy 8(2): 30-61.
2018: “‘Itsy Bitsy Screw Cap’: Children’s Songs from the Chinese Cultural Revolution.” Journal of Music & Politics 12(1).
2009. “Performing Race and Place in Asian America.” Asian Music 40(1): 4-30.
2007. “Flowers on the Battlefield are More Fragrant.” Asian Music 38(1): 88-121.
2005. “Music, Memory, and Nostalgia: Collective Memories of Cultural Revolution Songs in Contemporary China.” The China Review 5(2): 151-175.
2018. Review of Chinatown Opera Theater in North America by Nancy Yunhwa Rao. MUSICultures 45(1-2): 274-276.
2009. Review of Lives in Chinese Music, edited by Helen Rees. The World of Music 52(1): 174- 176.
2012. Review of Angry Drummers, A Taiko Group from Osaka, Japan [DVD], directed by Yoshitaka Terada. Ethnomusicology 56(3): 569-571.
Deborah Wong Research & Publication Award, Society for Ethnomusicology (2018)
President’s Award, Skidmore College (2015)
GRANTS AND FELLOWSHIPS
Association for Asian Studies China and Inner Asia Council Small Grant (2010-2011)
Andrew Mellon Pre-Doctoral Fellowship (2002-2004)
Dissertation Research Fellowship, Asian Cultural Council (2002)
Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowship [Japanese] (2000)
Research Grant, Japan American Society of Pittsburgh (2000)
Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowship [Chinese] (1999-2000)
Society for Ethnomusicology (SEM)
2018-2020 Second Vice-President
2016-2017 2017 SEM Program Committee Chair
2012-2014 Council Member
2013-2014 Council Secretary (& Council Nominating Committee Chair)
Association for Chinese Music Research (ACMR)
2007-2010 Publications Editor
2005-2010 Member-at-large & Newsletter Editor
Society for Asian Music
2011-2016 Editorial Advisory Board (East Asia)
Crossroads Project on Diversity, Difference, and Under-representation (SEM Standing Committee)
Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology (MACSEM)
2019 Local Arrangements Committee Chair, Annual Meeting