Alexandra T. Vazquez
Ph.D., New York University, 2006
Assistant Professor of African American Studies and English
B46 McCosh Hall
(Office hours Wed: 4:30–6:30)
Professor Vazquez’s research and teaching interests focus on performance studies, U.S. Latina/o Studies, popular music, cultures of the African diaspora, transnational feminist theory, race and ethnicity, and Latina/o American literature and criticism, with an emphasis on the Hispanophone Caribbean. Her book, Listening in Detail: Performances of Cuban Music (Duke 2013), won the American Studies Association’s Lora Romero Book Prize in 2014. In 2010-2011, she received a Woodrow Wilson Career Enhancement Fellowship. Before coming to Princeton, Vazquez was a Postdoctoral Associate in the Program in Ethnicity, Race, and Migration at Yale University and lecturer at the Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music at New York University. Vazquez received her PhD from the Department of Performance Studies at New York University in 2006. She is currently working on Writing Sound: The Musical Poetics of Florida, a new manuscript that investigates Florida as an under-theorized yet vibrant creative laboratory of the circum-Atlantic world. At Princeton, Vazquez serves on the executive committees of the Programs in Latino Studies, Latin American Studies, American Studies, and Jazz Studies.
Listening in Detail: Performances of Cuban Music (Durham: Duke University Press, 2013). Winner of the American Studies Association’s Lora Romero Book Prize.
La Lupe: Queen of Latin Soul , co-editor with Ela Troyano (under contract with Duke University Press).
“Learning to Live in Miami,” American Quarterly vol. 66, no. 3 (September 2013)
“How Can I Refuse?” The Journal of Popular Music Studies Vol. 23, no. 2 (June 2011)
"Can You Feel the Beat?: Freestyle's Systems of Living, Loving and Recording," Social Text 102, special issue on “The Politics of Recorded Sound.”
"Salon Philosophers: Ivy Queen and Surprise Guests Take Reggaetón Aside," Reggaeton, eds. Deborah Pacini-Hernandez, Wayne Marshall, and Raquel Z. Rivera. (Durham: Duke University Press, 2009)
"Towards an Ethics of Knowing Nothing," for Pop When the World Falls Apart, ed. Eric Weisbard, (forthcoming March 2012, Duke University Press).
"Una Escuela Rara: Havana Meets Harlem in Montmartre," Women and Performance: a journal of feminist theory, Vol. 16, No. 1, March 2006.
Courses offered: Critical Latina/o Studies (graduate); Writing Sound (graduate); The Literary South; Introduction to U.S. Latina/o Literatures; Latina/o Performance; Music of the Hispanophone Caribbean, Cultures of the Afro-Diaspora, and Music of the Americas (PLAS freshman seminar).