Paul Greene

Associate Professor, Ethnomusicology and Integrative Arts
Office Phone: 610-892-1474
Office Location: Vairo Library, 121

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Paul D. Greene holds an A.B. in Music from Harvard University, magna cum laude, and a 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, co-editor of two books, 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 2005 Klaus P. Wachsmann Prize for Advanced and Critical Essays in Organology. Dr. Greene is also a former Recording Review Editor for the journal Ethnomusicology.

At Penn State Brandywine, Dr. Greene teaches courses in ethnomusicology, world music, cultural anthropology, South Asian music, popular music studies, the evolution of jazz, peace and conflict studies, and international studies, and his courses have included travel to Paris, Vienna, Prague, Dublin, London, Seville, Rome, Nice, Athens and Morocco. In 1999 he was awarded the campus Outstanding Teacher Award, and in 2005 he received the University-wide George W. Atherton Award for Excellence in Teaching <>. He is currently Coordinator and Chair of Brandywine Global Programs <>, and Coordinator, with Paul J. deGategno, of the Peace and Conflict Studies Minor <>.

Dr. Greene listens to virtually every kind of music, and his hobbies include running, skiing, and soccer. He is a violinist and a keyboardist.

Books (Edited Volumes)

Metal Rules the Globe: Heavy Metal around the World<>, eds. Jeremy Wallach, Harris M. Berger and Paul D. Greene. 2011. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.

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

Selected Articles

"Intense Emotions and Human Rights in Nepal's Heavy Metal Scene." In Popular Music and Human Rights: World Music, ed. Ian Peddie. 2011. 381 pp. Farnham, Surrey (U.K.): Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., pp. 27-38.

“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). <>

“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. <>

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