Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow
Rujing Stacy Huang is an (ethno)musicologist, singer-songwriter/sound artist, and AI ethicist. She completed her PhD in Ethnomusicology from Harvard University in 2019. She is the Co-Organizer of the AI Song Contest, an international competition exploring the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in the songwriting process, which made the front page of The New York Times in its second year. She is the founder of Project Grain™ (under Grain Music International Ltd.), a creative music studio recently launched in Hong Kong. Winner of numerous awards and fellowships, her latest research explores the ethical, cultural, and political implications of AI when applied to music. Prior to joining HKU, she was a postdoc researcher at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, working on the ERC-funded "MUSAiC" project ("Music at the Frontiers of Artificial Creativity and Criticism," 2020-2025). She is a grantee of the Asian Cultural Council (ACC), and a Co-Chair of the Sound Studies Section at the Society for Ethnomusicology (SEM).
Her PhD dissertation examines the twenty-first century revivals of yayue, ritual music historically performed in the courts of ancient and imperial China, and addresses such issues as musical nationalism, exoticism, and ritual and performativity. Together, her past and current research speaks to fields including classical Chinese ethical and political theories, music theory, sound studies, the philosophy of technology, and the sociology of creative work. She was previously affiliated with the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, and has twice directed Harvard's World Music Collective. As a singer-songwriter, she has won singing/songwriting competitions, served as an external judge for the "Songs for Social Change" contest at Berklee College of Music, and has given invited seminars on lyric-writing at Harvard and beyond. She is preparing her debut album. As a sound artist, she was a member of the Princeton Laptop Orchestra (PLOrk), and her electroacoustic composition/improvisation has been performed at HYDRA (with the Harvard Univ. Studio for Electroacoustic Composition).