Manabe has also published several articles on the impact of the mobile Internet on the music business. In this research, she has drawn on her previous work as an analyst of technology and media companies in Japan, such as Sony, Nintendo, Avex, and Yahoo Japan, for which she was ranked highly in Institutional Investor.
Manabe's dissertation research was funded by the SSRC/JSPS Fellowship and sponsored by the International Research Center for Japanese Studies in Kyoto. She is currently working on a book on Japanese children's songs from the Meiji Era to the Allied Occupation and another on the development of popular music scenes in Japan, including rock, hip-hop, and reggae/dancehall. In addition to Japan, she has conducted archival research and fieldwork in Cuba, Spain, Mexico, and Indonesia.
Manabe teaches courses in non-western music and popular music from ethnographic and analytical perspectives, including Musical Cultures of the World, Japanese Popular Music, and Analysis of Popular Music; Japanese Taiko Drumming in International Perspective; History of Rock, R&B, and Hip-Hop; Issues is Global Popular Music; and Music in the Caribbean.
• "Globalization and Japanese Creativity: Adaptation of Japanese Language to Rap." Ethnomusicology 50 no. 1 (Winter 2006): 1–36.
• "Going Mobile: The Mobile Internet, Ringtones, and the Music Market in Japan." In Internationalizing Internet Studies: Beyond Anglophone Paradigms, ed. Gerard Goggin and Mark McLelland (New York: Routledge, 2009): 316–32.
• "Reinterpretations of the Son: Versions of Guillén's Motios de son by Grenet, Caturla, and Roldán." Latin American Music Review 30, no. 2 (Fall 2009): 1–44.
• "Lovers and Rulers, the Real and the Surreal: Harmonic Metaphors in Silvio Rodríguez's Songs." Transcultural Music Review 10 (2006).
• "New Technologies, Industrial Structure, and the Consumption of Music in Japan." Asian Music 39 no. 1 (Winter/Spring 2008): 81–107.