- Latino Migration Project
David Garcia holds degrees in music from the California State University, Long Beach (B.M. in composition, 1995), University of California, Santa Barbara (M.A. in ethnomusicology, 1997), and The City University of New York, The Graduate Center (Ph.D. in ethnomusicology, 2003). Published in MUSICultures, Journal of the Society for American Music, The Musical Quarterly, and other academic journals, his research focuses on the music of the Americas with an emphasis on black music and Latin music of the United States. He teaches undergraduate courses in music of Latin America, world music, and jazz, and graduate seminars in ethnomusicology, music of the African diaspora, and popular music. He is also musical director of UNC’s Charanga Carolina which specializes in Cuban danzón and salsa music.
His current book project, Black Dance Music and the Logic of Its African Origins is under contract with Duke University Press. His first book Arsenio Rodríguez and the Transnational Flows of Latin Popular Music (Temple University Press, 2006) was awarded a Certificate of Merit in the category Best Research in Folk, Ethnic, or World Music by the Association for Recorded Sound Collections in 2007. He has done fieldwork and archival research throughout the United States, Cuba, Puerto Rico, and Curaçao.
Professor Garcia is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship (2014–2015). He has presented his research at conferences organized by the Society for Ethnomusicology, Cuban Research Institute, Casa de las Américas, and Latin American Studies Association. He was named Visiting Scholar at the Cristobal Díaz Ayala Collection of Cuban and Latin American Popular Music by the Cuban Research Institute, Florida International University. He has also been interviewed on radio in California, Curaçao, and North Carolina.