Jeremy Wallach

Department of Popular Culture
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Jeremy Wallach is Professor in the Department of Popular Culture at Bowling Green State University. A cultural anthropologist specializing in popular music and globalization, he has written or co-written over forty research essays; co-edited, with Esther Clinton, a special issue of Asian Music (2013); and authored the monograph Modern Noise, Fluid Genres: Popular Music in Indonesia, 1997-2001 (Univ. of Wisconsin, 2008; Indonesian Ed., Komunitas Bambu, 2017). In 2011, he co-edited, with Harris M. Berger and Paul D. Greene, the collection Metal Rules the Globe: Heavy Metal Music around the World (Duke) and in 2023 the collection Defiant Sounds: Heavy Metal Music in the Global South with Nelson Varas-Díaz, Esther Clinton, and Daniel Nevárez-Araújo.
Dr. Wallach has given research presentations in Austria, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Mexico, the Netherlands, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, and throughout the United States. A founding member and former chair of the Society for Ethnomusicology Popular Music Section, Dr. Wallach serves on the editorial board of the Journal of World Popular Music Studies and is a Series Editor of the Music/Culture Series at Wesleyan University Press. His writings have appeared in Ars Lyrica, Asian Music, Ethnomusicology, Indonesia, the Journal for Cultural Research, the Journal of Popular Music Studies, Popular Music History, Wacana Seni Journal of Arts Discourse, the Journal of World Popular Music Studies, and numerous edited collections, including The Cambridge Companion to Metal Music (2023), The Bloomsbury Handbook of Rock Music Research (2020), and The Oxford Handbook of the Phenomenology of Music Cultures (2024).
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  • Popular Music
  • Ethnography
  • Globalization
  • Heavy Metal
  • Punk
  • Jazz
  • Dinosaurs
  • Cryptids
  • Department of Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA Ph.D., 2002.
  • Haverford College, Haverford, PA B.A., Sociology/Anthropology, 1992.


  • POPC 3100 Global Popular Culture
  • POPC 3800 Asian Popular Music
  • POPC 4600 The Dinosaur in Popular Culture
  • POPC 4600 Punk and Metal


  • POPC 6690 Music as Popular Culture
  • POPC 6750 Theory and Methodology in Popular Culture Studies
  • POPC 6800 Genre and Authenticity

I am writing a handbook for the study of contemporary world popular musics from an ethnomusicological standpoint.


Varas-Díaz, Nelson, Jeremy Wallach, Esther Clinton, and Daniel Nevárez-Araújo, eds. Defiant

               Sounds: Heavy Metal Music in the Global South. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2023.


Wallach, Jeremy.  Modern Noise, Fluid Genres: Popular Music in Indonesia, 1997-2001.  New

Perspectives in Southeast Asian Studies, Volume 3.  Madison, WI: University of

Wisconsin Press, 2008.


Wallach, Jeremy, Harris M. Berger, and Paul D. Greene, eds. Metal Rules the Globe: Heavy

Metal Music around the World. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2011.

  • Wallach, Jeremy and Esther Clinton, eds. “Constructing Genre in Indonesian Popular Music: From Colonized Archipelago to Contemporary World Stage.” Special Issue of Asian Music 44(2); 2013.
  • Wallach, Jeremy. “Global Rock as Postcolonial Soundtrack.” In The Bloomsbury Handbook of Rock Music Research (Allan Moore and Paul Carr, eds.). New York: Bloomsbury, pp. 469-485, 2020.
  • Wallach, Jeremy. “Rainforest to Raves: Ethnomusicological Forays into Popular Music.” Journal of World Popular Music 6 (2): 223-227, 2019.
  • Wallach, Jeremy. “Indieglobalization and the Triumph of Punk in Indonesia.” In Sounds and the City: Essays on Music, Globalisation and Place (Brett Lashua, Karl Spracklen and Stephen Wagg, eds.), Hampshire, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 148-161, 2014.
  • Wallach, Jeremy. “Notes on Dangdut Music, Popular Nationalism and Indonesian Islam.” In Sonic Modernities in the Malay World: A History of Popular Music, Social Distinction and Novel Lifestyles (1930s – 2000s) (Bart Barendregt, ed.), Leiden: Brill, pp. 271-289, 2014.
  • Invited Keynote, at the Punk Scholars Network International Conference, Jakarta, Indonesia (Virtual); December 2020.
  • Invited Presenter, 25th Annual International Seminar, Fondazione Giorgio Cini Intercultural Institute of Comparative Music Studies, Venice, Italy, January 2019.
  • Invited Presenter, “Sounding the State of Indonesian Music” Cornell Modern Indonesia Project Symposium, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, March 2018.
  • Scholar-in-Residence, Center for Music, Media and Place, Memorial University. St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada, February 2018.
  • Nominated for the Bowling Green State University Master Teacher Award, AY 2016-2017.

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