Alexandra Vazquez

Associate Professor

Alex Vazquez

Alexandra T. Vazquez’s research and teaching interests focus on music, U.S. Latina/o and Latin American Studies, Caribbean aesthetics and criticism, race and ethnicity, and feminist theory.

Her book, Listening in Detail: Performances of Cuban Music (Duke University Press 2013), won the American Studies Association’s Lora Romero Book Prize in 2014. Her work has been featured in such journals as small axe, American Quarterly, Social Text, women and performance, and the Journal of Popular Music Studies; and in the edited volumes Nonstop Metropolis: A New York City Atlas, Reggaeton, and Pop When the World Falls Apart. In 2010-2011, she received a Woodrow Wilson Career Enhancement Fellowship.  Prior to coming to NYU, Vazquez was an Assistant Professor in the Department of English and Center for African American Studies at Princeton University (2008-2015) and a Postdoctoral Associate in the Program in Ethnicity, Race, and Migration at Yale University (2006-2008). 

In 2019-2020 Vazquez was awarded a faculty fellowship from the NYU Center for the Humanities.

Vazquez is a proud graduate of the New World School of the Arts high school in Miami, Florida and is currently working on two book projects: The Florida Room and Music and Migrancy: Miami Experiments with Performance (1965-1995).


New York University

PhD 2006 - Performance Studies

New York, New York

Specialized Areas of Research

• Music and sound

• U.S. Latina/o and Latin American Studies

• Caribbean Aesthetics and Criticism

• Race and Ethnicity

• Feminist Theory

Awards and Distinctions

• 2019-2020 Faculty Fellowship, NYU Center for the Humanities

• 2014 American Studies Association’s Lora Romero Book Prize