Alejandro L. Madrid
(Ethno)musicologist and Cultural Theorist


Alejandro L. Madrid
Department of Music
Cornell University

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Alejandro L. Madrid (PhD Ohio State) is an ethnomusicologist and cultural theorist whose research focuses on the intersection of modernity, tradition, globalization, and ethnic identity in popular and art music, dance, and expressive culture from Mexico, the U.S.-Mexico border, and the circum-Caribbean. His interests include the performance of democratic values through music, media, and technology; questions of continuity, change, cosmopolitanism, and race in Latin American late 19th-century and early 20th-century music; and transnationalism, gender, and embodied culture in contemporary popular music.

Dr. Madrid is currently on the editorial board of Boletín MúsicaLatin American Music Review, Trans. Revista Transcultural de Música, and Dancecult. Journal of Electronic Dance Music Culture, and is senior editor of Latina/o and Latin American entries for The Grove Dictionary of American Music (2nd edition). He has also served on the council of the Society for Ethnomusicology, the executive board of the Hemispheric Institute for Performance and Politics, the executive committee of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM) in both, the international and U.S. branches, as well as the advisory board of the Tepoztlán Institute for the Transnational History of the Americas. He is also the editor of Oxford University Press's award-winning series Currents in Latin American and Iberian Music. 

His writings on music, performance, and popular culture have appeared in Boletín Música, Ethnomusicology, Fragmentos de Cultura, Heterofonía, Hispanic American Historical Review, Latin American Music Review, Latino Studies, Popular Music, Popular Music and Society, Resonancias, Sound Studies,The World of Music, as well as Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart, the Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World and The Grove Dictionary of American Music. He was also guest editor of a special issue on music and performance studies for Trans. Revista Transcultural de Música (2009).

Dr. Madrid’s books include In Search of Julián Carrillo and Sonido 13 (Oxford University Press), Danzón. Circum-Caribbean Dialogues in Music and Dance (Oxford University Press) [co-authored with Robin Moore], Music in Mexico. Experiencing Music, Expressing Culture (Oxford University Press), Nor-tec Rifa! Electronic Dance Music from Tijuana to the World (Oxford University Press), Sounds of the Modern Nation. Music, Culture and Ideas in Post-Revolutionary Mexico (Temple University Press), and Los sonidos de la nación moderna. Música, cultura e ideas en el México post-revolucionario, 1920-1930 (Casa de las Américas). He is editor of Transnational Encounters. Music and Performance at the U.S.-Mexico Border (Oxford University Press) and co-editor [with Ignacio Corona] of Postnational Musical Identities. Cultural Production, Distribution and Consumption in a Globalized Scenario (Lexington Books). 

He is a recipient of the Dent Medal (2017), given by the Royal Musical Association and the International Musicological Society for "outstanding contributions to musicology", being the first Latinamericanist and first Latin American scholar to receive this prestigious honor. He has also received the Humanities Book Award from the Latin American Studies Association-Mexico Section (2016), the Robert M. Stevenson Award from the American Musicological Society (AMS) (2016), the Béla Bartók Award from the ASCAP Foundation Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Awards (2014), the Robert M. Stevenson Award from the AMS (2014), the Ruth A. Solie Award from the AMS (2012), the Woody Guthrie Book Award from the International Association for the Study of Popular Music-US Branch (2010), the Casa de las Américas Prize for Latin American Musicology (2005), the Samuel Claro Valdés Award for Latin American Musicology (2002), the A-R Editions Award of the AMS, Midwest Chapter (2001-2002), as well as fellowships and subventions from the American Council of Learned Societies, the Fulbright Program, the Ford Foundation, the AMS, and Fundación Carolina. 

Dr. Madrid has held positions as researcher at Mexico's Centro Nacional de Investigación, Documentación e Información Musical "Carlos Chávez" (CENIDIM) and as visiting scholar at the Lozano Long Institute for Latin American Studies of the University of Texas at Austin and El Colegio de la Frontera Norte-Tijuana. He has taught musicology, ethnomusicology, music aesthetics, music history courses, performance studies and Latin American cultural studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Northwestern University, Texas A&M University, and Universidad de las Américas-Puebla, and has been a visiting professor at Harvard University, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Universidad de la República in Uruguay, Instituto Superior de Artes in Cuba, Universidad de San Martín and Universidad Nacional de Córdoba in Argentina, and The Newberry's Teacher Consortium of the Newberry Library in Chicago. Dr. Madrid is currently professor of (ethno)musicology at Cornell University. He is frequently invited as an expert commentator to national and international media outlets and most recently acted as music advisor to acclaimed filmmaker Peter Greenaway, whose latest film, Eisenstein in Guanajuato (2015), is set in early 1930s Mexico.