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 the journals 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). 

Vazquez is currently working on Writing Sound: The Florida Project, a new manuscript that investigates Florida as an under-theorized yet vibrant creative laboratory of the circum-Atlantic world.  


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

• 2014 American Studies Association’s Lora Romero Book Prize