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 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.