Stephanie Choi

Graduate Student

Specialization

Ethnomusicology

Bio

Stephanie Choi is a Doctoral Candidate in Ethnomusicology at University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). Choi is writing her Ph.D. dissertation on intimate labor, gendered fandom and media industry in the transnational circulation of K-pop and has interviewed more than sixty people in the K-pop world, including idols, entertainment company CEOs, A&R directors, music video directors, show producers, and fans. Her dissertation project is sponsored by the Korea Foundation, the University of California Humanities Research Institute, and UCSB’s Interdisciplinary Humanities Center. Choi received the Ki Mantle Hood Prize, Association for Korean Music Research Prize for the Best Student Paper, and Honorable Mention for the Wong Tolbert Prize from the Society for Ethnomusicology.