Ours is a unique multi-disciplinary program that compares and combines the study of Latin America and Latino communities in the United States.


Alex E. Chavez
Visiting Assistant Professor of LALS
1509 UH

Curriculum Vitae
Photograph of AEChavez

Centered around the US-Mexico Borderlands and Latinas/os in the United
States, more broadly, Alex E. Chavez’s research explores the innermost
workings of transnational migration, embodiment, and everyday life as
manifest in political economies of performance with particular emphasis on
music and language. Combining a variety of critical approaches in
linguistic anthropology, cultural geography, ethnomusicology, and critical
theory, his explorations of music, language, and expressive culture reveal
the dissonances and meanings behind the social structures and racialized
zones they emerge out of and often challenge. A specialist in these areas,
his work also bridges scholarship and creative expression as a means to
interrogate how performative utterances—linguistic, musical,
gesticular—intersect with larger cultural concerns surrounding illegality,
mobility, racialized personhood, and the intimacies that bind everyday life
across physical and cultural borders.


His most immediate research project was a multi-sited ethnographic study of
huapango arribeño music performance among transnational Mexican migrants in
both the United States and Mexico—this work forms the basis of a developing
book manuscript, *!**Viva El Huapango!: A Cultural Poetics of Music and
Migrant Life Across Transnational Mexico*.

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