Adrienne C. Alton-Gust is a Ph.D. candidate in ethnomusicology at the University of Chicago. Her research interests include popular music, pop culture, and queer entertainment; she is working on a dissertation examining music, identity, and empowerment in drag performance. Her SEM activities include the Popular Music Section, the Gender & Sexualities Taskforce, and the Dance, Movement, & Gesture Section.
León F. García Corona is a doctoral candidate at UCLA and research associate at the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. His research examines cultural and economic factors contributing to musical sentimentalism in Mexico from the mid-twentieth century to the present as exemplified in the bolerorepertoire. While working as a content producer at Smithsonian Folkways, León started Folkways Magazine, including the popular "From the Field” feature, a collaboration with SEM that exposes ethnomusicological work to a broader audience. With Patricia Campbell he developed the Smithsonian World Music Pedagogy Certificate. In addition to presenting papers at SEM Annual Meetings since 2009, he currently serves on the Podcast Advisory Committee and has been a reviewer for Ethnomusicology.
Meng Ren is a Ph.D. candidate in Ethnomusicology at the University of Pittsburgh and a research associate at Henan Provincial Institute of Culture and Art Research (China). He holds an M.A. in Ethnomusicology from Pitt as well as an M.A. in Musicology and a B.A. in German and Music from the National University of Ireland. He has conducted research on Irish dancing in Pittsburgh and in New York, as well as short-term fieldwork on choral singing of revolutionary songs in China. Meng is currently engaged in dissertation research on cross-dressing and vocal aesthetics of Henan Opera in central and northwest China and in south Taiwan; he will present this project at the Seventh International Doctoral Workshop in Ethnomusicology (2015). Other research interests include politics of intangible cultural heritage (ICH), cosmopolitanism, sound and emotion, and music and conflict. Meng presented his previous research at the annual CHIME meeting (2014), AAS meeting (2013), and SEM meetings (2012, 2011). He served on the local arrangement committees for the 2011 MACSEM meeting and for the 2014 SEM Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh. Last year, Meng organized and raised funds for the first Irish dance workshop and performance at an SEM meeting.
Alice Rogers is a Ph.D. student in ethnomusicology at University of Maryland, College Park. Her research focuses on vernacular music in the United States, and engages with ideas such as regional identity, power, protest, and performance context. Her master’s thesis centers on the music of the 1989-1990 Pittston Strike in southwestern Virginia, and discusses how the protesters engaged with regional aesthetics and historical protest music strategies. She has presented her work at the SEM pre-conference on music and labor in 2014, and at the MACSEM regional conference in 2013. During her time as a member of SEM, she has served as the secretary/treasurer of the SEM Student Union section from 2013 to the present, and has chaired the Networking and Communications Committee of the Student Union as part of this role.
Yun Emily Wang is a Ph.D. candidate in ethnomusicology at the University of Toronto. Her scholarly interests include sound studies, diaspora and transnationalism, everyday life, and the critical geography of home. Her dissertation research explores the roles of sound and music in the everyday home-making practices among diasporic Chinese communities in Toronto. An active member of SEM and the Association for Chinese Music Research, Emily has presented at SEM, SEM-Southeast and Caribbean, IASPM-US and IASPM–Canada. She currently serves as "Tech Tzar” (technical and bibliography service specialist) to the Sound Studies Special Interest Group, and has contributed to the sound studies blog Sounding Out!. At the University of Toronto, she has chaired the organizing committee for the 2012-3 graduate student conference, served as editor to the departmental newsletter Ethnotes, and represented graduate students at faculty meetings.