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Assistant Professor at Dartmouth College
William Cheng is Assistant Professor of Music at Dartmouth College. He's the author of two books, Just Vibrations: The Purpose of Sounding Good (University of Michigan Press, 2016, foreword by Susan McClary) and Sound Play: Video Games and the Musical Imagination (Oxford University Press, 2014, foreword by Richard Leppert), and articles in journals including Critical Inquiry, Journal of the Society for American Music,19th-Century Music, Cambridge Opera Journal, Ethnomusicology, and the Journal of the American Musicological Society. He is the recipient of the AMS Philip Brett Award, AMS Howard Mayer Brown Fellowship, and SAM Mark Tucker Award. Forthcoming books include Queering the Field: Sounding Out Ethnomusicology (Oxford University Press, 2017, ed. with Greg Barz), and Meritopia: Listening for Beauty and Injury in 21st-Century Life (Oxford University Press, 2018). He was a 2015 Dartmouth Public Voices Fellow and has published articles in Huffington Post, Washington Post, TIME Magazine, Slate, Musicology Now, RYOT, and Pacific Standard. He serves on the Editorial Board of Music & the Moving Image, the Advisory Board of Ethnomusicology Review, and the Review Board of Sensate: A Journal for Experiments in Critical Media Practice. In past years, he has enjoyed giving classical piano recitals featuring improvisations on themes from the audience.