Katherine Lee
Assistant Professor, Ethnomusicology

Music and politics; Music of Korea

Katherine In-Young Lee is intrigued by how analyses of sound and music can offer reappraisals of past events and contemporary cultural phenomena. In this vein, she has developed research projects that engage various types of “sonic evidence”—from the politicized drumming of dissent to the audible dimensions of a nation branding campaign. Her forthcoming book, Dynamic Korea and Rhythmic Form (Wesleyan University Press), explores how a percussion genre from South Korea (samul nori) became a global music genre. More broadly, she contends that rhythm-based forms serve as a critical site for cross-cultural musical encounters. Lee’s research on the role of music at scenes of protest during South Korea’s democratization movement was recognized with the Charles Seeger Prize by the Society for Ethnomusicology and the Martin Hatch Award by the Society for Asian Music. She has published in Ethnomusicology, the Journal of Korean Studies, and the Journal of Korean Traditional Performing Arts. Additionally, she has previously worked in arts administration in Seoul, South Korea, and she helped to host numerous musicians and scholars at UC Davis (2012-17).

East Asia, Korean music, music and politics, sound studies, historiography, ethnography, global circulations of form

Ph.D. Ethnomusicology, Harvard University; M.A. Ethnomusicology, University of Washington; B.M. Piano Performance; B.M. Musicology, University of Michigan

Supeena Adler
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Chi Li
Adjunct Professor
Kenny Burrell
Distinguished Professor
Ivan Varimezov
Adjunct Assoc. Professor
I Nyoman Wenten
Adjunct Assoc. Professor
Aaron Bittel
Adjunct Associate Professor
A. J. Racy
Distinguished Professor
Steven Loza
Chair of Global Jazz Studies; Professor
Mark Kligman
Chair of Ethnomusicology; Professor
James Roberson
Adjunct Asst. Professor
Daniel Szabo
Adjunct Associate Professor

Explore Other Degrees

Mentorship in the creation and realization of music for concerts, opera, and visual media
Graduate study and training in choral, orchestral, or wind conducting
The study of global musical traditions through performance training, research, and field work
Global Jazz Studies
Jazz performance and musicianship courses are paired with African American Studies
Music Education
Preparation for music educators leading to a B.A. and teaching credential in just four years
Music Industry
Industry professionals and UCLA faculty prepare students for music-related careers
The scholarly study of the histories, cultures, and critical interpretations of music and music-making
Music Performance
Study and training towards professional performance careers in Western classical music
Music Performance Jazz
A highly selective M.M. program in partnership with the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz