Rachel E. Chung is the Associate Director of University Committee on Asia & the Middle East (UCAME) as well as Lecturer in Asian Studies with research interests primarily in Neo-Confucian cultural and intellectual history. She received her B.M. and M.M. degrees from the Juilliard School in New York, and her M.A., M. Phil, and Ph.D. in Historical Musicology and East Asian Languages & Cultures from Columbia University in 2002 under Wm. Theodore de Bary, with whom she continues to work closely.
As the Associate Director of UCAME she has been particularly instrumental in reaching out to the community of leading colleges and universities around the world to build international consensus and cooperation for a truly global core curriculum. As a lecturer also she focuses on teaching “core” courses such as Asian Humanities, Intro to Major Topics in East Asian Civilizations, Asian Music Humanities, and Masterpieces of Western Music.
She has published numerous articles, including the “Song of Ch’unhyang” for Invitation to East Asian Classics, “Rethinking Rites-Music Relations in Confucian Tradition” for the Proceedings of the 2008 National Association of Core Texts and Courses Conference, and “State of the Core Curriculum in South Korea” for Proceedings of the First Annual International Conference on Classics for an Emerging World (2009). She is currently working on two books, titled Globalization and Global Core Curriculum based on her work at UCAME, and Song Hyon’s “Model for Study of Music (Akhak kwebom, 1492)”: Thinking Musically about the Future of a Nation.