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Aaron A. Fox


Aaron A. Fox has been a member of the SEM since 1988. He is Associate Professor of Music and Director of the Center for Ethnomusicology at Columbia University, and the author of Real Country: Music and Language in Working Class Culture (Duke University Press, 2004). His more recent work has focused, through collaborative projects in Indigenous communities and with Indigenous scholars and activists, on the repatriation of field recordings from Columbia’s archives, including extended field research in Alaska Native communities, funded by the National Science Foundation. His recent work also addresses the ethical burdens of Ethnomusicology’s historical relationship to militarism and colonialism, and issues of cultural and intellectual property.


Aaron brings extensive administrative and financial experience relevant to his interest in serving as Treasurer for the SEM: he has served as a department Chair (2008-11), and been a Board Member of the American Ethnological Society (2003-6), a section of the American Anthropological Association (with specific responsibility for the AES’s transition to digital publication). He has also served on the SEM Council. Prior to his academic career, Aaron managed several businesses, two with annual revenues in excess of a million dollars. He has directly managed over half a million dollars in grant budgets as a Principal Investigator since 2003, and well over a million dollars in budgetary allocations at Columbia in his capacities of department Chair and center Director.


Aaron holds a Ph.D. in Social Anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin, and a B.A. in Music from Harvard College. He previously taught Anthropology at the University of Washington (1994-97), and has been at Columbia since 1997, where he has advised 20 completed Ph.D. dissertations. Aaron is also a professional guitarist and singer who works regularly with rock bands in the New York City area.


Aaron draws on three decades of membership and participation in the SEM in seeking election to the Board on an alternative slate, in an effort to raise and address issues of transparency, fairness, accountability, representation, and academic freedom that are of concern to all SEM members.



Noriko Manabe

Noriko Manabe is Associate Professor of Music Studies at Temple University. She previously taught at Princeton University and CUNY. Before receiving her Ph.D. in both ethnomusicology and music theory at CUNY (2009), she worked for twenty years in finance, earning top rankings as an analyst and managing teams, strategies, budgets, and investments. She earned a B.A. from Yale and an M.B.A. from Stanford.

For the past fifteen years, Noriko has lent her financial expertise to the SEM Investment Committee (Chair since 2009), counseling on investment policy, asset classes, and fund managers. She has also served SEM as a Council member (2010–2013), committee member for the Waterman Prize (2015), and secretary of MACSEM (2006–2007). She has presented at every SEM meeting since 2005 (except one) and is committed to the future of the organization. 

Noriko is the author of the monograph, The Revolution Will Not Be Televised: Protest Music After Fukushima (Oxford), which won the John Whitney Hall Book Prize from the Association for Asian Studies and Honorable Mention for the Alan Merriam Prize from SEM. It was partially funded through a subvention grant from SEM. She won the Waterman Prize from SEM's Popular Music Section. She has published over thirty articles and other works in Ethnomusicology, Popular Music, Asian Music, Twentieth-Century Music, Music and Politics, Latin American Music Review, Transcultural Music Review, and two Oxford Handbooks, among others. Her research interests include music and social movements, popular music (especially hip-hop), urban space, trauma, new media, and the music business, particularly in Japan and Cuba. She is currently completing the monograph, Revolution Remixed: Intertextuality in Protest Music, and co-editing the essay collection, Nuclear Music (with Jessica Schwartz), and The Oxford Handbook of Protest Music (with Eric Drott). She is editor for the book series, 33-1/3 Japan. Her research has been supported by fellowships from NEH, Japan Foundation, Kluge Center, and SSRC/JSPS.

As a woman of color who has studied and taught at both public and private institutions, Noriko understands firsthand the ways in which inequalities impact the academy and is concerned about them. She has addressed these issues while serving on the Diversity Committee for the Society for Music Theory. She would work with the SEM Board, Council, and membership to create ways to support members, especially less established ones, financially and intellectually, while ensuring the long-term viability of SEM in these uncertain times.

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