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Professor David Garcia joins Scholarly Advisory Committee of the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Latino

All of us at ISA are delighted to learn of the appointment of David Garcia (Music) as one of the 18 members of the Scholarly Advisory Committee of the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Latino. We extend our warmest congratulations and our very best wishes.

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Latino has established a Scholarly Advisory Committee to guide the museum on important matters and provide input on the museum’s comprehensive plan to preserve, document, display/interpret and promote knowledge of U.S. Latino history, art and culture. The 18 members of the Scholarly Advisory Committee include leaders from across various academic disciplines, such as architecture, anthropology, history and others. Together they will review exhibitions and long-distance learning and digital-engagement initiatives. To read further, click on the Read More button below!

Learn More about Professor Garcia
David Garcia (Professor) earned his PhD in ethnomusicology from The City University of New York, The Graduate Center. Published in Journal of the Society for American Music, The Musical Quarterly, MUSICultures, 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 and a theoretical focus on race and racism.

He teaches undergraduate courses in music of Latin America and world music, and graduate seminars in ethnomusicology, historiography, and popular music. He is also director of UNC’s Charanga Carolina, which specializes in Cuban danzón and salsa music. The Society for Ethnomusicology awarded his book, Listening for Africa: Freedom, Modernity, and the Logic of Black Music’s African Origins (Duke University Press, 2017) the 2018 Bruno Nettl Prize for Outstanding Publication in the History of Ethnomusicology. The Society for Ethnomusicology and the British Forum for Ethnomusicology also recognized the book with an Honorable Mention for the Alan P. Merriam Prize for Outstanding Book in Ethnomusicology and Commendation, respectively. The Association for Recorded Sound Collections awarded his first book, Arsenio Rodríguez and the Transnational Flows of Latin Popular Music (Temple University Press, 2006), a Certificate of Merit in the category Best Research in Folk, Ethnic, or World Music. He is currently editing an anthology of Latin music, dance, and theater in the United States, 1783–1900. He has done research throughout the United States, Cuba, Puerto Rico, and Curaçao.

Editor-in-chief of the Journal of the Society for American Music (2020–21), David Garcia is also a recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship (2014–15). 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.

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