Alex E. Chávez
B.A., University of Texas at Austin, 2004
M.A., ibid, 2006
Ph.D., ibid, 2010
As a Cultural Anthropologist trained in Linguistic Anthropology, Ethnomusicology, and Folklore, Chávez is committed to an integrative Anthropology that applies the tools of these sub-disciplinary fields to the realm of Latino Studies. His research explores Latino expressive culture in everyday life as manifested through language, expressive culture, and sound. The primary questions that inform his work are: How do expressive negotiations participate in place-making and community-binding across both the material and cultural divides represented by the U.S.-Mexico border? How do Latino communities leverage these forms of expression—as aesthetic and communicative resources—to comment upon and negotiate the social structures they emerge out of? His work also bridges scholarship and creative expression as a means to explore how performance intersects with larger cultural concerns surrounding illegality, mobility, racialized personhood, and the intimacies that bind everyday life across physical and cultural borders.
He has published in the Journal of Linguistic Anthropology, Latino Studies, Latin American Music Review, Southern Cultures, Música Oral del Sur, and has contributed to Celebrating Latino Folklore: An Encyclopedia of Cultural Traditions (2012), Iconic Mexico (2015), Latino, American, Dream (2016 Texas A&M Press), Making Sense of Language: Readings in Culture and Communication (2016 Oxford University Press), in addition to Con La Música a Otra Parte: Migración e Identidad en La Lírica Queretana (2010) published with the support of the Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y Las Artes in Mexico.
this work resulted in his doctoral dissertation and forms the basis of his book, Sounds of Crossing: Music, Migration, and the Aural Poetics of Huapango Arribeño (Duke University Press 2017).