Stephanie Choi is a Doctoral Candidate in Ethnomusicology at UCSB. She received her B.M. in Korean Music from Seoul National University and her M.A. in Ethnomusicology from Wesleyan University. She worked as a teaching assistant for Popular Music Culture in North America (MUS114), World Music (MUS17), and Introduction to Music Studies (MUS3). She has also worked as a teaching associate for MUS114 and MUS17. She is a curator of YouTube Music Korea, reporter/correspondent of Hello Asia! and the graduate assistant for the Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Music at UCSB.
Her current research focuses on the ways in which K-pop as a transnational practice endows cultural and political flexibility to the identity formations of social actors who engage in the K-pop scene. She is especially interested in how Korean and American youth’s participation in K-pop challenges and subverts the dominant social orders of race, ethnicity, nationality, and gender through popular cultural practices.
Stephanie has presented papers at conferences including (bi)annual meetings of the Society for Ethnomusicology (SEM), the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM), the Korean Association for the Study of Popular Music, and the Inter-Asia Popular Music Conference. She was the co-organizer of UCSB event, Korean Popular Music (K-pop) and Its Global Reach: Conference, Film Screening, Exhibition, and Performance on K-pop Fandom and Media in 2015, with Suk-Young Kim and Leahkim Gannett.
She received a number of fellowships and awards, including Field Research Fellowship from the Korea Foundation, Pre-Doctoral Fellowship from UCSB’s Interdisciplinary Humanities Center, AKMR Prize for the Best Student Paper from the Association for Korean Music Research of the Society for Ethnomusicology, and Honorable Mention for the Wong Tolbert Prize from the Section on the Status of Women of the Society for Ethnomusicology.