William Cheng

Academic Appointments

Chair and Professor of Music

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I am Chair and Professor of Music at Dartmouth College. My research and teaching focus on history, media, ethics, disability, race, and digital games. I received a B.A. in Music and English from Stanford University in 2007, and a Ph.D. in Musicology from Harvard University in 2013. Between 2012–16, I was a Junior Fellow with the Harvard Society of Fellows.

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64 Hopkins Center
HB 6187

Selected Publications


    Sound Play: Video Games and the Musical Imagination (Oxford University Press, 2014). Foreword by Richard Leppert

    Just Vibrations: The Purpose of Sounding Good (University of Michigan Press, 2016). Foreword by Susan McClary.

    Loving Music Till It Hurts (Oxford University Press, 2019).



    Queering the Field: Sounding Out Ethnomusicology (Oxford University Press, ed. with Greg Barz, 2019).

    A Cultural History of Music in the Modern Age (Bloomsbury Academic, ed. with Danielle Fosler-Lussier).



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