I was named one of 10 Mellon Emerging Faculty Leaders at the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. The award supports junior faculty whose research focuses on contemporary American history, politics, culture, and society, and who are committed to the creation of an inclusive campus community for underrepresented students and scholars.
I was also awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities long-term residential fellowship at the Newberry Library in Chicago. During the nine-month fellowship, I will be working on my second book project, tentatively titled Audible City: Urban Cultural History, Latinx Chicago, and the Sonic Commons, which explores the relationship between sound and the city of Chicago, in the connection between aurality and Latinx claims to citizenship in Chicago's urban context.
The Sounds of Crossing BOOK TOUR continues.
Sep 28 @ Ohio State University
FALL TBD @ University of Chicago
Feb 20-22 @ CUNY Graduate Center
Feb 14 @ Yale
Jan 23-25 @ Intercultural Institute of Comparative Music Studies, Venice, Italy
Dec 5 @ University of Wisconsin–Madison
Oct 21-22 @ Duke University
Oct 9-12 @ Cape Breton University
Sep 26 @ University of Oklahoma
Sep 19 @ Cornell University
Sep 12 @ Boston University
Feb 13/15 @ Lehman College
Feb 14 @ College Art Association Annual Mtg (New York)
Feb 21 @ Tufts University
Feb 22 @ Brown University
Mar 1 @ University of Maryland
Mar 21-22 @ University of Arizona
Mar 26 @ University of Pennsylvania
Mar 27-28 @ Villanova
Mar 30 @ Columbia University
Apr 25-27 @ Contratiempo Poesía en Abril (Chicago)
May 4 @ Hungry Brain (Chicago)
May 9 @ University of Oxford
May 11 @ University of London
Feb 17 @ University of New Mexico
Mar 20 @ UC-Berkeley
May 2 @ Stony Brook
Sep 12 @ University of Tennessee
Sep 13 @ Vanderbilt University
Oct 3 @ UC-Santa Cruz
Oct 4-5 @ Stanford University
Oct 10 @ UT-San Antonio / Our Lady of the Lake
Oct 11 @ UT-Austin
Oct 12 @ La Peña (Austin, Texas)
Nov 7 @ UC-Santa Barbara
Nov 8 @ UC-Irvine
Nov 12-13 @ Scripps College
Nov 14 @ UC-Riverside
Dec 1 @ Fiddler's Folk Festival (Blanco, Texas)
Dec 5-7 @ Colorado College
Sounds of Crossing: Music, Migration, and the Aural Poetics of Huapango Arribeño (Duke 2017) has received THREE BOOK AWARDS. It is the 2018 recipient of the Alan Merriam Prize from the Society for Ethnomusicology, the Society for Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology's Book Prize and the Association of Latina and Latino Anthropologists Book Award.
Check out my recent author interview about Sounds of Crossing on CaMP Anthropology.
REMEZCLA'S 2018 "BEST OF" LIST
Sounds of Crossing made Remezcla's
"Best Latino/Latin American History Books!"
list of 2018
Here's some of what they have to say: "Chavez uses the songs of the borderlands to talk about immigration into the US and the culture that has sprung up around the border. He pulls in both history and current situations – and best of all, his own experiences as a Mexican academic and musician – to create a multidimensional, gorgeous book."
IN THE STUDIO
I recently co-produced hip-hop artist Olmeca's 4th studio album. Check out the video premiere of "Define," which was just listed as one of "The Best 5 Latin Alternative Songs of 2019" by NPR's World Cafe. Check out Remezcla's review and and stream the album now!
I had the great opportunity to participate in the NEH Summer Institute Art and Public Culture in Chicago at the Newberry Library in June 2018. It was such a wonderful experience learning all about the history and politics of creative arts in the city of Chicago alongside colleagues from all over the country and a diversity of disciplines and professional backgrounds.
SAR ADVANCED SEMINAR
We are In April 2019, I had the privilege of co-chairing an Advanced Seminar at the School for Advanced Research alongside Prof. Gina Perez on the topic of Ethnographies of Contestation and Resilience in Latinx America. We were joined by some of the most prominent Latina/o/x anthropologists— including Ana Aparicio, Andrea Bolivar, Sherina Feliciano-Santos, Santiago Guerra, Jonathan Rosa, Gilberto Rosas, Aimee Villarreal, and Patricia Zavella—to explore the struggles facing a range of Latinx communities, as well as their varied examples of resistance politics, activism, and organizing and how engaged ethnographic practice raises important questions about new directions in Latinx Studies. Check out the video of our public colloquium. I am now busy at work co-editing a book based on this seminar currently under contract with SAR Press.
Read my most recent piece--"Sonidos de Chicago"--published in the spring 2019 issue of Contratiempo , which grows out of my ongoing experimental ethnography in the city of neighborhoods.
In 2016, I was awarded a collaborative research grant from the Humanities Without Walls consortium on the theme of “The Global Midwest” funded by the Mellon Foundation. The focus of our work was to examine how Latina/o visual and performing arts advance collective social expression of globalization in the Midwestern U.S. We are proud to announce that our interactive website
latinoartmidwest.com is now live, which features our research and the artists we collaborated with! Click here or the image below to check it out!