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Contact Information
Title: Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology and Integrative Arts

121 Vairo Library

Phone: 610-892-1474
E-mail: pdg4@psu.edu

Paul D. Greene received his A.B. in Music from Harvard University, magna cum laude, and his Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Greene's regional focus is on musical cultures and traditions of South Asia, with a secondary research area of Southeast Asia. He is author of over thirty articles and book chapters on music and technology, music and Buddhism, and other topics, and guest editor of three special issues of scholarly journals. He has documented several previously undocumented or understudied music traditions, including Tamil oppaari weeping songs, Himalayan neku ritual music, Nepali heavy metal, Karnatak saxophone, and Burmese Buddhist chant. His edited book, Wired for Sound: Engineering and Technologies in Sonic Cultures (ed. with Thomas Porcello) won the Society for Ethnomusicology’s Klaus P. Wachsmann Prize for Advanced and Critical Essays in Organology in 2006.

At Penn State Brandywine, Dr. Greene teaches courses in ethnomusicology, world music, South Asian music, popular music studies, the evolution of jazz, cultural anthropology, and international studies, including courses in Paris, Ireland, London, Seville, and Morocco. In 1999 he was awarded the Outstanding Teacher Award of the Brandywine Campus, and in 2005 he was recipient of the University-wide George W. Atherton Award for Excellence in Teaching

Dr. Greene listens to virtually every kind of music, and his hobbies include running, skiing, and soccer.

Selected Recent Publications


Wired for Sound: Engineering and Technologies in Sonic Cultures, ed. Paul D. Greene and Thomas Porcello. 2005. 288 pp. Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press.

“Echoes in the Valleys: A Social History of Nepali Pop in Nepal’s Urban Youth Culture, 1985-2000,” with Yubakar Raj Rajkarnikar. 2006. Echo: A Music-Centered Journal 7(1). <http://www.echo.ucla.edu/Volume7-Issue1/table-of-contents.html>

“The Dhamma as Sonic Praxis: Paritta Chant in Burmese Theravada Buddhism.” 2004. Asian Music 35(2): 43-78.

“Nepal’s Lok Pop Music: Representations of the Folk, Tropes of Memory, and Studio Technologies.” 2004. Asian Music 34(1): 43-65.

“Ordering a Sacred Terrain: Melodic Pathways of Himalayan Flute Pilgrimage.” 2003. Ethnomusicology 47(2): 205-27.

“Sounding the Body in Buddhist Nepal: Neku Horns, Himalayan Shamanism, and the Transmigration of the Disembodied Spirit.” 2002. The World of Music 44(2): 93-114.

“Mixed Messages: Unsettled Cosmopolitanisms in Nepali Pop.” 2001. Popular Music 20(2): 169-87.

“Authoring the Folk: The Crafting of a Rural Popular Music in South India.” 2001. Journal of Intercultural Studies 22(2): 161-72.

“Professional Weeping: Music, Affect, and Hierarchy in a South Indian Folk Performance Art.”1999. Ethnomusicology OnLine 5. 1999. <http://umbc.edu/eol/5/greene/>

“Sound Engineering in a Tamil Village: Playing Audio Cassettes as Devotional Performance.” 1999. Ethnomusicology 43(3): 459-89.