Alexandra T. Vazquez

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Alexandra T. Vazquez is Associate Professor of Performance Studies at New York University. Her book, Listening in Detail: Performances of Cuban Music (Duke 2013), won the American Studies Association’s Lora Romero First Book Publication Prize in 2014. Vazquez’s work is featured in the edited volumes Nonstop Metropolis: A New York City Atlas, Reggaeton, and Pop When the World Falls Apart. She has published articles in American Quarterly, small axe, Social Text, women and performance, and the Journal of Popular Music Studies. In 2010-2011, she received a Woodrow Wilson Career Enhancement Fellowship.  From 2008-2015, Vazquez was an assistant professor in English and African American Studies at Princeton University, and from 2006-2008 was a Postdoctoral Associate in the Program in Ethnicity, Race, and Migration at Yale University. Vazquez received her B.A. in American Studies at UC Santa Cruz, and her M.A./Ph.D. from the Department of Performance Studies at New York University in 2006. She is from Miami, Florida.

Why PS @ NYU?

The porosity and flexibility of the department enables students and professors alike to get right to the difficult work of thinking. The department encourages scholars to bypass that laborious passage through a traditional academic discipline before arriving at an object of study. Instead, we ask how we might train ourselves and our students to be better prepared and rehearsed for those objects. Cues are taken up differently here. Our department’s interpretation of erudition is one that refuses “mastery” over objects and texts, and instead asks for an indefatigable willingness to carefully read and research wherever and whatever those things take us towards. The dynamic intellectual and interpersonal generosity between faculty, staff, and students make a unique experience in a university setting where everyone-- and all that they bring-- are taken seriously as nascent philosophers, art makers, educators.

Areas of Study/Concentration

Music, all of it:

  • U.S. Latina/o and Latin American Studies
  • Caribbean aesthetic theory
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Adorno
  • Feminist Criticism
  • Migrancy

Fellowships and Honors

  • The American Studies Association’s Lora Romero First Book Publication Prize in 2014 for Listening in Detail: Performances of Cuban Music 
  • Woodrow Wilson Career Enhancement Fellowship 
  • Fellow for the Program in Ethnicity, Race, and Migration at Yale University

Books

  • Listening in Detail: Performances of Cuban Music

Current Projects

I’ve been working on a book called The Florida Project. Although its title promises the entire state, there are a few creative intersections that won’t relent just yet: Miami and Havana and Port-au- Prince; and Jacksonville and Nassau.

"The dynamic intellectual and interpersonal generosity between faculty, staff, and students make a unique experience in a university setting where everyone-- and all that they bring-- are taken seriously as nascent philosophers, art makers, educators." - Alexandra T. Vazquez