Michelle Habell-Pallán is an Associate Professor in the Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies Department and an adjunct in the School of Music. Her book, Loca Motion: The Travels of Chicana and Latina Popular Culture (NYU Press, 2005) received an MLA book prize honorable mention. In her role as guest curator of the award-winning traveling exhibit American Sabor: U.S. Latinos in Popular Music, a collaboration between the University of Washington and The Experience Music Project Museum, she is engaged in developing public humanities projects. She is also a past recipient of the Rockefeller Foundation Humanities Research Award as well as a Woodrow Wilson Foundation Research Award for her research and writing on gender, popular music and culture. Her new book, Beat Migration: Chicano/a Roots/Routes of American Pop Music is currently in-progress.
Cultural Studies Methodologies. Chicana Feminist Theory and Methodologies. Politics of Representation in Latina/o cultural production (including performance, music, and museum presentation). Feminist Pop Music and Pop Culture Criticism. Public Humanities/Engaged Scholarship. Cultural Politics of Immigration Discourse.
Selected Fellowships and Grants
Public Scholarship/Community Engagement
The first interactive and interpretive bilingual traveling exhibit featuring the profound influence of Chicano/Mexican-American and Puerto Rican/Cuban American communities living in the U.S. on the sound of rock and roll and Top 40 for the past 50 years. The American Sabor exhibit includes 5,000 square feet of historical artifacts including recordings, costumes, and posters.
Focus on early rock, salsa, Tex-Mex, Latin rock, punk, hip hop, banda rap, reggeaton, and Top 40.
Highlights Ritchie Valens, Cannibal and the Headhunters, Santana, Linda Ronstadt, El Vez, Alice "Bag" Armendariz, Tito Puente, Celia Cruz, Willie Colon, Los Illegals, The Brat, The Zeros, The Plugz, Lysa Flores, Quetzal, Juan Barco, Little Joe y La Familia, Los Lobos, AKWID, and many more.
Major collaborative effort between the University of Washington and the Experience Music Project Museum. Sponsored in part by the University of Washington Simpson Center for the Humanities, American Music Partnership Seattle (AMPS), and Experience Music Project/Science Fiction Museum.
See Michelle Habell-Pallan's faculty page for more information about her current work.