Qian Zhang is a visiting scholar at MIT. She has been an associate professor at Music and Recording Art School of Communication University of China (CUC) in Beijing. She specializes in Chinese popular music studies focusing on the discourse analysis, cultural identity and politics, transnationalism and cosmopolitanism. Her current research projects include Ambiguous Otherness: China’s World Music in the Local-global Industry, Discourse Analysis of Chinese Popular Music Criticism (1930s-2000), and Beijing Hip-hop Scenes: the Search for Authenticity in Live houses. For the last five years she has been the author of China Annual Music Industry Report: Live Music Section. As an event organizer, Zhang Qian planned, curated and executed several exhibitions, live performances and conferences in CUC, such as DIY Culture Exhibition: the DIY Creativity in the School Live & Bar, Landing: World Music Performance for the 6th Inter-Asia Popular Music Study Conference, Transnational Music Industries Conference: Practices, Challenges and Knowledge Exchange etc.
2012 Ph.D. Communication University of China
2005 M.A. Central Conservatory of Music
2003 B.A. Bachelor, Central Conservatory of Music