MemberGillian Gower

Gillian L Gower is a musicologist and medievalist specializing in the cultural history of medieval England and Scotland. Broadly speaking, her research centers the ways in which women and racial minorities use music as a discourse through which to negotiate, challenge, and construct forms of power and authority. Her current book project, Music and Queenship in Medieval England, examines tensions between gender and power in English religious song, ca. 1200-1500. She has also published work on medievalism in popular culture and music paleography. Dr Gower received her PhD in Musicology from the University of California, Los Angeles. She also holds an MA in Music from Hunter College of the City University of New York and a BA from Johns Hopkins University’s Writing Seminars program. At present, Dr Gower is a Research Assistant for the Carnegie Trust-funded digital humanities project Towards a Prosopography of Scottish Musicians before the Reformation hosted at the University of Edinburgh. She previously taught at UCLA and Southern Methodist University.

MemberWalescka Pino-Ojeda

I am an Associate Professor at The University of Auckland, New Zealand. My research is concerned with the ways in which the arts present and contest hegemonic power. In analysing Latin American social and political developments in the post authoritarian era (1980s-present), I have studied the role of literature, but am now primarily examining popular music, film and civic activism in the context of neoliberalism and social trauma. I am completing a volume on the role of culture in consolidating processes of re-democratization in post-authoritarian Chile.

MemberMelanie Marshall

Melanie is a musicologist with research and teaching interests in gender, sexuality and eroticism in music, and music of early modern Italy. Since joining University College Cork in 2005, Melanie has taught at undergraduate and postgraduate levels within the Music Department and on interdisciplinary programs within the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences. From 2011-2014, Melanie held a Marie Curie International Outgoing Fellowship to conduct research into music and eroticism in early modern Rome. During the fellowship, Melanie spent six months as a Visiting Scholar at UCLA Department of Musicology and eighteen months as a Visiting Scholar at NYU Department of Music. Melanie is also a Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Music, Gender and Identity at the University of Huddersfield.

MemberDavid Garcia

David Garcia (Professor) earned his Ph.D. 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. 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. David Garcia is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship (2014-2015). 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.