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J. Martin Daughtry

J. Martin Daughtry is an Associate Professor of music at New York University, and is affiliated with NYU’s Department of Russian and Slavic Studies, Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, and NYU Abu Dhabi. He teaches and writes on acoustic violence; human and nonhuman vocality; listening; jazz; Russian-language sung poetry; sound studies; and the auditory imagination. His monograph Listening to War: Sound, Music, Trauma, and Survival in Wartime Iraq (Oxford, 2015) received a PROSE Award from the Association of American Publishers, and the Alan Merriam Prize from SEM. Daughtry is co-editor, with Jonathan Ritter, of Music in the Post-9/11 World (Routledge, 2007), and has published essays in Social Text, Ethnomusicology, Music and Politics, Russian Literature, Poetics Today, Twentieth-Century Music, and a number of edited collections, including, most recently, Deborah Kapchan’s Theorizing Sound Writing (Wesleyan, 2017). His current book project, titled Atmospheric Pressures, is an exploration of environmental precarity, interspecies vocality, dirty air, and Anthropocene-themed sound art. He sings loudly, plays guitar competently, and is slowly working to regain his chops on saxophone.

Daughtry attended his first SEM meeting in Austin in 1999, and has considered SEM his home society ever since. He is currently a member of the Council, and has served as Program Chair for the 2014 Annual Meeting; Chair of the Special Interest Group for European Music; and as a member of the Board Nominating Committee, the Merriam Prize Committee, and the 2013 Annual Meeting’s Program Committee, among other posts.


Lei Ouyang Bryant

Associate Professor, Swarthmore College (Swarthmore, PA). Lei Ouyang Bryant completed her Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from the University of Pittsburgh and has been teaching at small liberal arts colleges ever since. First at her alma mater, Macalester College (St. Paul, MN), then at Skidmore College (Saratoga Springs, NY), and most recently in a new position outside of Philadelphia at Swarthmore College. Her primary scholarly interests are based in music, culture, and performance in East Asia (primarily China, Japan, and Taiwan) and Asian America. Research projects include music and memory in the Chinese Cultural Revolution (Ph.D. dissertation 2004; China Review, 2005; Asian Music, 2007; Music & Politics 2018; Journal of Music History Pedagogy 2018), race and performance in Asian American musical theatre (Asian Music, 2009), and social justice and Taiko drumming in the American Midwest (in progress) and American Northeast (in progress). Additional publications include solicited reviews for Ethnomusicology, The World of Music, Journal of Asian American Studies, Asian Music, and MUSICultures.

SEM activities include regular attendance at the Annual Meeting since 1999 and nine paper presentations since 2001, SEM Program Committee Chair (2016-2017), SEM Council Member (2011-14), SEM Council Secretary (2012-2014), SEM Council Nominating Committee Chair (2012-2014), Co-Chair of Crossroads Project Standing Committee (2008-2010), MACSEM Secretary (1999-2011) and MACSEM Local Arrangements Committee (2001). She also has held multiple positions with the ancillary organizations Association for Chinese Music Research (ACMR) and the Society for Asian Music (SAM), including service as ACMR President (2011-2014), on the SAM Editorial Advisory Board (2011-2015), and as ACMR Member at Large and Newsletter Editor (2005-2010). At Swarthmore (and previously at Skidmore), she is directly involved in multiple diversity initiatives at the undergraduate level including access and retention of first generation college students, inclusive pedagogies, and social justice education. She regularly participates in annual meetings of other academic associations (through attendance and presentations) but considers SEM to be her scholarly and professional “home base.”

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