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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 & Caribbean studies was completed at the University of Georgia. I’m interested in how gender, sexuality, and race/ethnicity 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: Mobility and the Emplacement of Feminist Politics in música popular chilena.” 

My dissertation focuses on feminist organizing among music festivals and community music classes in Santiago de Chile, and addresses how these groups use their artistic practices to redefine gender politics in the physical, social and geopolitical spaces within which they live and work. This research has been supported by a Fulbright IIE U.S. Student Fellowship and an American Fellowship from AAUW. 

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 & Latin American popular musics, decolonial & WOC feminisms, queer of color critique, trans- studies, mobility, critical geography, anthropology of place