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  • Noriko Manabe

    Noriko Manabe

    Visiting Associate Professor, East Asian Languages and Cultures

    BioI am an ethnomusicologist and music theorist whose publications focus on two intersecting areas: 1) music and politics, particularly social movements and war trauma; and 2) popular music in global context, exploring social and aesthetic processes of globalization and identity formation. I am an associate professor of music studies at Temple University and am a visiting associate professor in East Asian Languages and Cultures at Stanford during AY2021-22.

    My first book, The Revolution Will Not Be Televised: Protest Music after Fukushima (Oxford), is an ethnographic study of how musicians express their politics in four arenas: cyberspace, street protests, festivals, and recordings. I consider why Japanese musicians are constrained in political expression; how cyberspace both enables and silences protest; how urban landscapes and soundscapes shape the sound of a demonstration; and the metaphorical approaches that Japanese musicians take in recordings. My second monograph, in progress, considers the pervasiveness of intertextuality in protest music and how the type of intertextuality used changes in accordance with political circumstances. I have also published articles and chapters on the interaction of linguistics with Japanese rock and hip hop; Japanese DJs; music related to the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombs; Japanese children's songs; Cuban music; and the music industry. Combining ethnography with music theory, I develop frameworks drawn from linguistics, political science, urban studies, literary studies, and financial analysis. I am the editor of 33-1/3 Japan, a book series on Japanese popular music for Bloomsbury, and co-editor (with Eric Drott) of the Oxford Handbook of Protest Music. Links to my work can be found on,, or

  • Yoshiko Matsumoto

    Yoshiko Matsumoto

    Yamato Ichihashi Chair of Japanese History and Civilization and Professor, by courtesy, of Linguistics

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsBased on in-depth analyses of Japanese with a cross-linguistic perspective, my research emphasizes the importance of linguistic and extralinguistic context in understanding the structure, meaning and use of language. I have worked on the pragmatics of linguistic constructions (e.g. frame semantics of noun-modifying construction, reference, honorifics, discourse markers) and sociocultural aspects of discourse (e.g. politeness theories, speech acts, bilingualism, intersection of language, gender and age, ideology, and identity reflected in Japanese as a second language). Topics of my current research center around conversational narratives especially of older adults and disaster survivors – (re)framing of narratives, ordinariness, stances taken by participants, integration of pragmatic factors in Construction Grammar, and typology and functions of noun-modifying constructions.

  • Frank Mondelli

    Frank Mondelli

    Ph.D. Student in Japanese, admitted Autumn 2016

    BioFrank Mondelli is a PhD Candidate in Japanese at Stanford University studying media and disability in 20th century and contemporary Japan. His dissertation explores the historical relationship between deafness, music, and assistive technology through an analysis of the socio-technical dimensions of hearing aids, tactile technologies, sign language media, and D/deaf musical performance. His broader research and teaching interests span across the disciplines of Japanese studies, media disability studies, and STS (Science, Technology, and Society), focusing on topics such as public infrastructure and popular media. Frank is active in disability and inclusivity advocacy, serving as an independent disability design consultant and working with organizations like the Japanese Federation of the Deaf. He is hearing impaired, and enjoys playing jazz fusion keyboard, as well as Japanese chess.

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