Wonseok Lee

Wonseok Lee

Wonseok Lee

Graduate Associate


Areas of Expertise

  • Ethnomusicology


  • MA, Popular Culture, Bowling Green State University, 2018
  • MM, Jazz Performance, Kyung Hee University, Korea, 2013
  • BM, Postmodern Music, Kyung Hee University, Korea, 2009

A native of Seoul, South Korea, Wonseok Lee is a PhD candidate in ethnomusicology. His academic interests are popular music, globalization, transnationalism and musical identity. His current research focuses on what the exact meaning of "K" in K-pop is, considering the circumstances of having non-Korean members and singing in non-Korean languages — which is common in the field, although the term "K-pop" represents a certain ethnicity and language. His work has been presented at the International Association for the Popular Music Studies (IASPM), Popular Culture Association (PCA), Society for Ethnomusicology (SEM), and the Association for Asian Studies (AAS).

Before he came to the United States in 2016, Lee worked with K-pop artists such as Lee Hyori, Shinhwa, BuskerBusker, SG Wannabe among others, for many years as a professional drummer/percussionist. With these artists, he performed in numerous cities in Korea, China, Japan, Greece and Turkey.

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