Brooke McCorkle

Visiting Assistant Professor of Music
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An accomplished music historian, Japanologist, and double bassist, Brooke McCorkle completed her PhD in musicology at the University of Pennsylvania in 2015. Her dissertation "Searching for Wagner in Japan" examines the reception of Wagner's operas and their relevance to ideas of modernity and gender ideology in Japan over the course of the twentieth century. She has presented on Wagner and other opera topics locally and internationally. Brooke also has a strong interest in film music and has published several articles on the topic. Her upcoming book, co-authored with Sean Rhoads, addresses environmentalism in Japanese monster cinema.

Portrait of Brooke McCorkle

Curriculum Vitae


  • PhD, Musicology, University of Pennsylvania

  • MA, East Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Pennsylvania

  • BMA, Double Bass, University of Oklahoma

  • BA, International Area Studies, University of Oklahoma


  • Visiting Fellow, Harvard University, 2014-2015


  • American Musicological Society

  • Society for Ethnomusicology

  • Association of Asian Studies

  • Society for American Music

  • German Studies Association


  • Big Green Monsters: The Environmental Movement in Japanese Cinema. Co-authored with Sean Rhoads. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co., Inc. (Under Revision)

  • ?Twilight of an Empire: Staging Wagner in Wartime Tokyo? In Music Theater as Global Culture: Wagner?s Legacy Today. Eds. Anno Mungen, Nicholas Vazsonyi, Julie Hubbert, Ivana Rentsch, Arne Stollberg. Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann (Forthcoming 2015)

  • Fandom's New Frontier: Star Trek in the Concert Hall. In Journal of Fandom Studies. Volume 4, Issue 2.

  • ?Review of Composing Japanese Musical Modernity by Bonnie C. Wade?. In Journal of the American Musicological Society. Volume 68, Issue 3 (Winter 2015): 703-8.

  • ?Akira Ifukube? In Oxford Bibliographies in Music (Forthcoming)

  • ?Stuff that Dreams are Made of: Music and the Future in Wong Kar-wai?'s Chungking Express (1994)? In Norient Academic Journal Online. Volume 2, July 2013

  • ?Nature, Technology, and Sound Design in Gojira (1954)? In Horror Studies. Volume 3, Number 1, April 2012