Assistant Professor, Ethnomusicology
Office: Burlington Road Building, Room 331
PhD, 2013, Harvard University
MA, 2009, Harvard University
BA, 2003, Harvard University
Meredith Schweig completed her MA (2009) and PhD (2013) in ethnomusicology at Harvard University, where she also received her BA (2003) in Music and East Asian Studies. Her research explores twentieth- and twenty-first-century musics of East Asia, with a particular emphasis on popular song, narrativity, and cultural politics in Taiwan and China. An assistant professor of ethnomusicology at Emory, she is currently working on a book about Taiwan's hip-hop scene. A second project in development refracts questions about music, memory, and transmedia storytelling through a study of global pop icon Teresa Teng. She maintains additional research interests in sound studies, sensory studies, translation studies, kinetic sound sculpture, and the museology/musicology nexus.
Schweig was a 2013-2015 Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities and Hyperstudio Fellow at MIT, and has received fellowships and grants from the Asian Cultural Council, Whiting Foundation, Fulbright-Hays, and the Fairbank Center for East Asian Research at Harvard University. She was the recipient of the Lise Waxer Graduate Student Paper Prize (2013) from the Popular Music Section of the Society for Ethnomusicology and the Barbara Barnard Smith Student Paper Prize (2011) from the Association for Chinese Music Research. 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. Her 2016 article “‘Young Soldiers, One Day We Will Change Taiwan’: Masculinity Politics in the Taiwan Rap Scene” was awarded the Marcia Herndon Prize and the Jaap Kunst Prize from the Society for Ethnomusicology.
Renegade Rhymes: Rap Music, Narrative, and Sociality in Taiwan (single-author monograph in progress)
“'Young Soldiers, One Day We Will Change Taiwan’: Masculinity Politics in the Taiwan Rap Scene,” Ethnomusicology 60, no. 3 (Fall 2016): 383-410.
“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.
“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, 103-126. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2019.
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.
“Taiwanese Traditional and Popular Music,” in Andrew R. Martin and Matthew Mihalka, eds. Music Around the World: A Global Encyclopedia, ABC-CLIO (in press, expected 2020).