Manabe’s research centers on 1) music and social movements; 2) music and language; 3) popular music, especially in Japan and the U.S.; and 4) the music industry. Her work blends musical analysis with ethnography, linguistics, and the social sciences.

Past Affiliations

Associate Professor, Music Theory Program, Music Studies Department, Boyer College of Music and Dance, Temple University (past)

Assistant Professor of Music; Associated Faculty, East Asian Studies, Latin American Studies, Asian Studies, Department of Music, Humanities, Princeton University (past)

Lecturer, Department of Music, School of Arts & Sciences, University of Pennsylvania (past)

Adjunct Lecturer, Conservatory of Music, School of Visual, Media and Performing Arts, Brooklyn College, The City University of New York (past)

Adjunct Lecturer, Department of Art & Music, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, The City University of New York (past)

PhD, Graduate Center, The City University of New York, Ethnomusicology and Music Theory, 2009
BA, Yale University, Mathematics and Music
MBA, Stanford University, Finance
cuba japan ethnomusicology popular music social movements
English, Japanese, Spanish

Public-Facing Scholarship Award, Society for Music Theory, 2023

Outstanding Publication Award, Society for Music Theory, 2022

Outstanding Publication Award, Society for Music Theory, Popular Music Interest Group, 2019

BFE Book Prize, British Forum for Ethnomusicology, 2018

John Whitney Hall Book Prize, Association for Asian Studies, 2017

Alan Merriam Prize, Honorable Mention, Society for Ethnomusicology, 2016

Waterman Prize, Society for Ethnomusicology, Popular Music Section, 2014

Deborah Wong Research and Publication Award, Society for Ethnomusicology, 2013

Society for Music Theory
Society for Ethnomusicology
Association for Asian Studies
Society for Japanese Studies