About me


I am a writer and scholar who has published widely on Cuban music and society. I am trained as an ethnomusicologist (think: the study of music in the context of culture), and my research has primarily been ethnographic and used the following methods: participant-observation, interviews, audio-visual and written documentation. I continue to write about Cuba-related themes, but am also working on a number of essays related to American popular culture (tv/film/music), race, and representation.

I offer a range of professional services, which you can learn more about here:
Editing and Spanish translation
Qualitative research and analysis
Tutoring and language teaching

If you’re interested in learning more about my academic research, publications, and teaching see Academic research and publications and University teaching

I earned my M.A. and Ph.D. in Music (Ethnomusicology) at the University of California, Berkeley in 2010. My undergraduate degree, a B.A. in Music, was completed at Barnard College and Columbia University. 

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  1. Hi Rebecca, I just read your book and loved it, so much that I got your dissertation and read that too. I spent part of last summer studying with Cutumba in Santiago, so the emphasis on eastern Cuba really spoke to me. And it is so interesting to get the details on the famous (and not-so-famous) rumba groups, the lives of the musicians, the story of guarapachangueo (a style I particularly like). Thank you! (P.S. I was recently in SF to record a rumba I wrote with Pescao as gallo, Jesus Gonzalez and a couple other players. Hope you are able to keep up with the Bay Area rumba scene — I miss it.)

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