Nicholas J. Chong, Core Lecturer in Contemporary Civilization, has been appointed Assistant Professor in the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. Chong has a Ph.D. in Historical Musicology (2016) from Columbia University. His research interests center on the music of the late Classical and early Romantic eras in Germany and Austria, focusing in particular on the relationship of music to religious, political and intellectual history; aesthetics and the philosophy of music; and reception history. His dissertation, supervised by Prof. Elaine Sisman, was entitled "Beethoven's Catholicism: A Reconsideration." lass in Western art music (2011-13). For his teaching in Music Humanities, he was awarded the Meyerson Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Core Curriculum.