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Alejandro L. Madrid

Associate Professor
Ethnomusicology (Latin American and Latina/o music; performance studies; sound studies; transnationalism and globalization)
Ph.D., Ohio State University
Tel#: (607) 255-5049
114 Lincoln Hall


Alejandro L. Madrid holds a B.M. and an M.F.A. in guitar performance from The Boston Conservatory (1992) and SUNY-Purchase (1995) respectively, an M.M. in musicology from the University of North Texas (1999), and a Ph.D. in musicology and comparative cultural studies from the Ohio State University (2003). His research focuses on the intersection of modernity, tradition, globalization, and identity in popular and art music, dance, and expressive culture from Mexico, the U.S.-Mexico border, and the circum-Caribbean. His interests include the performance of democratic values through music, media, and technology; questions of continuity, change, cosmopolitanism, and race in Latin American late 19th-century and early 20th-century music; and transnationalism, gender, and embodied culture in contemporary popular music.

Madrid’s books include In Search of Julián Carrillo and Sonido 13 (2015, Oxford University Press), winner of the 2016 Latin American Studies Association Mexico Humanities Book Award; Danzón. Circum-Caribbean Dialogues in Music and Dance (2013, Oxford University Press), written in collaboration with Robin Moore, winner of the 2014 Béla Bartók Award from the ASCAP Foundation Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Awards, as well as the 2014 Robert M. Stevenson Award from the American Musicological Society (AMS); Nor-tec Rifa! Electronic Dance Music from Tijuana to the World (2008, Oxford University Press), winner of the 2009 Woody Guthrie Book Award from the International Association for the Study of Popular Music-U.S. Branch; Sounds of the Modern Nation. Music, Culture and Ideas in Post-Revolutionary Mexico (2009, Temple University Press), winner of the 2005 Casa de las Américas Musicology Award; and the textbook Music in Mexico. Experiencing Music, Expressing Culture (2012, Oxford University Press). He has edited Transnational Encounters. Music and Performance at the U.S.-Mexico Border (2011, Oxford University Press), winner of the 2012 Ruth A. Solie Award from the AMS; and in collaboration with Ignacio Corona, Postnational Musical Identities. Cultural Production, Distribution and Consumption in a Globalized Scenario (2007, Lexington Books). He is also the recipient of the Samuel Claro Valdés Award for Latin American Musicology (2002) among other international honors.

Madrid’s writings on music, performance, history, and popular culture have appeared in Boletín Música, Ethnomusicology, Fragmentos de Cultura, Heterofonía, Hispanic American Historical Review, Latin American Music Review, Latino Studies, Popular Music, Popular Music and Society, Resonancias, The World of Music, as well as Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart, the Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World and The Grove Dictionary of American Music. He was guest editor of a special issue on music and performance studies for Trans. Revista Transcultural de Música (2009); Senior Editor of Latin American and Latino entries for The Grove Dictionary of American Music, 2nd edition; and has been recently invited to be the new editor of Oxford University Press’s award-winning series Currents in Latin American and Iberian Music. Additionally, he serves on the advisory boards of Boletín Música (Cuba), Dancecult. Journal of Dance Music Culture, Latin American Music Review, Sounding Out! The Sound Studies Blog, Trans. Revista Transcultural de Música (Spain), the collection “Instrumentos para la Investigación Músical” of SIBE (Iberian Society for Ethnomusicology), and the music collection of Editorial Doble J (Spain). His research has been supported by fellowships and subventions from the American Council of Learned Societies, the Fulbright Program, the Ford Foundation, the American Musicological Society, the Tinker Foundation, and a Genaro Estrada Fellowship from Mexico’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Madrid is a frequent keynote speaker at national and international conferences and has been a guest lecturer at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Universidad de la República (Uruguay), Instituto Superior de Arte (Cuba), Universidad Nacional de San Martín and Universidad Nacional de Córdoba (Argentina), and The Newberry’s Teacher Consortium of the Newberry Library in Chicago. Prior to joining the Department of Music at Cornell, Madrid taught at the Latin American and Latino Studies program of the University of Illinois at Chicago and was a visiting researcher at the Lozano Long Institute for Latin American Studies of the University of Texas at Austin, El Colegio de la Frontera Norte-Tijuana, and at Mexico’s Centro Nacional de Investigación, Documentación e Información Musical “Carlos Chávez” (CENIDIM). He is frequently invited as an expert commentator to national and international media outlets and most recently acted as advisor for the use of Mexican music to acclaimed filmmaker Peter Greenaway, whose latest film, Eisenstein in Guanajuato (2015), is set in early 1930s Mexico.