PhD Ethnomusicology, Fall 2020
Stephanie Choi is a recent PhD graduate from the ethnomusicology program at UCSB. Her dissertation, "Gender, Labor, and the Commodification of Intimacy in K-pop," an ethnography of how intimacy is transacted in the political economy of K-pop. Her dissertation project was sponsored by the Korean Foundation, the University of California Humanities Research Institute, and UCSB's Interdisciplinary Humanities Center. Some of the case studies in her dissertation were based on conference papers that were awarded the Ki Mantle Hood Prize, the Lise Waxer Student Paper Prize, the Association for Korean Music Research Prize, and the Wong Tolbert Prize (honorable mention) by the Society for Ethnomusicology. Choi's other interviews are featured in the New Yorker, NBC News, the Korea Herald, the South China Morning Post, the Billboard, the Korea Times, and more.