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Meredith SchweigAssistant Professor of Ethnomusicology


  • PhDHarvard University2013
  • MAHarvard University2009
  • BAHarvard University2003


Dr. Schweig is on leave AY2020-2021.

Meredith Schweig’s research explores twentieth- and twenty-first-century popular musics of East Asia, with a particular emphasis on narrativity, gender, and cultural politics in post-authoritarian Taiwan. She completed her MA and PhD in ethnomusicology at Harvard University, where she also received her BA in Music and East Asian Studies.

An assistant professor of ethnomusicology at Emory, she is currently completing a book about Taiwan's vibrant rap scene. Her second book project refracts questions about vocality, agency, and transmedia storytelling through a study of global pop icon Teresa Teng. She maintains additional research interests in sensory studies, migration studies, disability studies, history of art and architecture, and the museology/musicology nexus.

Schweig is the recipient of a 2020-2021 Fulbright Senior Scholar Grant to Taiwan. Previously, she was a 2013-2015 Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities and Hyperstudio Fellow at MIT. She has received additional fellowships and grants from Fulbright IIE, Fulbright-Hays, the Asian Cultural Council, the Whiting Foundation, the Fairbank Center for East Asian Research at Harvard University, the Emory University Research Committee, and the Emory University Provost’s Research Fund.  

Schweig’s 2016 article “‘Young Soldiers, One Day We Will Change Taiwan’: Masculinity Politics in the Taiwan Rap Scene” was awarded both the Marcia Herndon Prize and the Jaap Kunst Prize from the Society for Ethnomusicology. Her 2014 article "Hoklo Hip-Hop: Re-signifying Rap as Local Narrative Tradition in Taiwan” was awarded the Rulan Chao Pian Publication Prize from the Association for Chinese Music Research.

Schweig recently completed her term as President of the Association for Chinese Music Research (2017-2020) and was previously Associate Editor of CHINOPERL: The Journal of Chinese Oral and Performing Literatures (2016-2019). 

She is affiliated faculty in the East Asian Studies Program at Emory.

Selected Publications


Renegade Rhymes: Rap Music, Narrative, and Knowledge in Taiwan (forthcoming with University of Chicago Press)

Enter the Butterfly: Voicing Teresa Teng in Post-Cold War Taiwan (in preparation)

Selected Articles

“Never Been to Me: Forging Feminist Perspectives on the Work of Teresa Teng” (in preparation)

“Legacy, Agency, and the Voice(s) of Teresa Teng,” in Resounding Taiwan: Musical Reverberations Across a Vital Island, edited by Nancy Guy. London, UK: Routledge (forthcoming).

“Like an Erhu Player on the Roof: Music as Multilayered Diasporic Negotiation at a Taiwanese- and Jewish-American Wedding,” in Inna Naroditskaya, ed. Music in the American Diasporic Wedding, 103-126Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2019.

“'Young Soldiers, One Day We Will Change Taiwan’: Masculinity Politics in the Taiwan Rap Scene,” Ethnomusicology 60, no. 3 (Fall 2016): 383-410.

  • Spanish translation: “‘Jóvenes Soldados, Un Día Cambiaremos Taiwán’: Políticas de Masculinidad en la Escena Rap de Taiwán” in Jacob Rekedal, ed. Etnomusicología redefinida: traducciones para el siglo XXI, Ediciones Universidad Alberto Hurtado ( Javier Silva-Zurita) (forthcoming)

“Hoklo Hip-Hop: Re-signifying Rap as Local Narrative Tradition in Taiwan,” CHINOPERL: Journal of Chinese Oral and Performing Literature 33, no. 1 (July 2014): 37-59.

Selected Reviews and Encyclopedia Entries

Review of Made in Taiwan: Studies in Popular Music, eds. Eva Tsai, Tung-Hung Ho, and Miaoju Jian (Routledge, 2020) in Yearbook for Traditional Music (forthcoming)

“Taiwanese Hip-Hop” in Hsin-Hung Michael Hsiao, ed. Encyclopedia of Taiwan Studies, Brill (forthcoming).

 “Teresa Teng” in Hsin-Hung Michael Hsiao, ed. Encyclopedia of Taiwan Studies, Brill (forthcoming).

Review of The Moon Represents My Heart: Music, Memory, and Belonging, exhibition at the Museum of Chinese in America in ACMR Newsletter 25, no. 1 (June 2020): 18-19.

“Taiwanese Traditional and Popular Music,” in Music Around the World: A Global Encyclopedia, edited by Andrew R. Martin and Matthew Mihalka, 872-879. ABC-CLIO, 2020.

Review of Soundtracks of Asian America: Navigating Race through Musical Performance, by Grace Wang (Duke University Press, 2015) in Notes: The Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association 74, no. 2 (December 2017): 260-263.