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Christina Azahar

I am a Ph.D. Candidate in ethnomusicology specializing in Latin American and Latinx popular musics. My B.A. in Music (saxophone) and Latin American and Caribbean studies was completed at the University of Georgia. Broadly, I’m interested in how race, gender, and sexuality impact musical circulation and musical attachments to space and place.This tension between mobility and dwelling in music forms the centerpiece of my dissertation research, provisionally titled “Noisy Women, Imagined Spaces: Gender, Mobility, and Sound in Chile’s Popular Music Scenes.”

Supported by the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, my dissertation focuses on how the musical performance and activism of Chilean women artists such as Ana Tijoux, Pascuala Ilabaca, and Francisca Valenzuela has sounded and envisioned new modes of women’s mobility, and transformed spatial politics and imagination in post-dictatorship Chile.

As a half-salvadoreña, half gringa, born and raised in the deep south, I’m also interested in cultural memory and protest song in El Salvador, and in gender and racial politics in U.S. American popular music, particularly Black and Latinx musical feminisms.

Work with the Smithsonian Institution has likewise shaped my work as a researcher and educator. Through interning with Smithsonian Folkways Recordings in 2013, and completing the Smithsonian Latino Museum Studies Program in 2017, I have gained interest and experience in public programing, community education, and digital curating.


2015.          “Sounds and Memories of El Salvador’s Civil War in the Songs of Los Torogoces de Morazán” Lucero Literary Journal, vol. 24.

Research Interests

Latinx and Latin American popular musics, Chilean urban musics, acoustemology, gender/sexuality, mobility, networks, women of color feminism, queer of color critique, critical geography, anthropology of place