Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Native American and Indigenous Studies (NAIS) and the Arts
Academic Program Affiliation(s): American Studies, Music
Biography:Luis Chávez’s research and teaching interests include ethnic studies, music and sound studies, border studies, Chicanx studies, Native American and Indigenous studies, gender and sexuality, and performance studies. He comes to Bard from California State University School of Music, where he taught courses in music history and literature, world music, and Latin American music. He has also served as lecturer in the Department of American Indian Studies, College of Ethnic Studies, at San Francisco State University. He has studied classical guitar and flamenco, in addition to music history and ethnomusicology. Publications include the articles “Decolonization for Ethnomusicology and Music Studies in Higher Education,” in Action, Criticism, and Theory for Music Education; and “Decolonizable Spaces in Ethnomusicology,” SEM (Society for Ethnomusicology) Student News and Ethnomusicology Review. He is the recipient of, among other honors, the Marnie Dilling Prize for Best Paper, “The Figure of Santo Santiago: Memory and Sound in Mexican Danza,” at the Northern California chapter meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology; and a Mellon Summer Research Fellowship.
BA, MA, California State University, East Bay; PhD, University of California, Davis. At Bard since 2022.