Robin D. Moore

Robin Moore

Professor of Ethnomusicology

Robin Moore has received awards including fellowships from the ACLS, the Rockefeller Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, and the National Humanities Center. His research interests include music and race, music curriculum reform, and music of Cuba and Latin America more generally. His book publications include Nationalizing Blackness: afrocubanismo and artistic revolution in Havana, 1920-1940 (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1998), Music and Revolution Cultural Change in Socialist Cuba (The University of California Press, 2006), Music in the Hispanic Caribbean (Oxford University Press, 2010), Musics of Latin America (W.W. Norton, 2012), Danzón: Circum-Caribbean Dialogues in Music and Dance (Oxford University Press, co-authored with Alejandro Madrid, 2013), College Music Curricula for a New Century (Oxford Press, 2017), and Fernando Ortiz on Music (Temple University Press, 2018).  Since 2005, he has served as editor of the Latin American Music Review.

MUS 312C
Music and Culture

MUS 334
Music of Latin America

MUS 334
Music of Mexico and the Caribbean

MUS 381J.2
Foundations of Ethnomusicology

MUS 381J.4
Analytical Methods

MUS 385J
College Music Curricula for a New Century

MUS 385J
Theory and Practice in Latin American Ethnomusicology

MUS 395W
Writing about Music

MUS 398T
Supervised Teaching in Music

Recent Book Publications

2020. Danzón: Diálogos de música y baile por la cuenca del caribe. Monterrey, Mexico: Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León.

2018. Fernando Ortiz on Music: Selected Writings on Afro-Cuban Culture. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press. 282 pp.

2017. College Music Curricula for a New Century. New York: Oxford. 289 pp.

Recent Articles

2022. “The Cuban Son, Race, and Transculturation.” To appear in Nanette DeJong, ed., The Cambridge Companion to Caribbean Music. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press.

021. “Ethnomusicology and Higher Education: Challenges, Trends, and Lessons from the Humanities.” Ethnomusicology vol. 65 no. 3 (Fall 2021), 413-443.

2020. “Music in Cuba. Son and Creolization.” In Global Music Cultures, ed. Bonnie C. Wade and Patricia Shehan Campbell. New York: Oxford University Press, 278-297. 

2018. “A Century and a Half of Scholarship on Afro-Latin American Music.” In George Reid Andrews and Alejandro de la Fuente, eds., Afro-Latin American Studies: An Introduction. New York: Cambridge University Press, 406-437.

2017. “Fernando Ortiz on Afro-Cuban Music.” The Oxford Research Encyclopedia in Latin American History, ed. William Beezley. New York: Oxford University Press online resource,

Contact Information


Campus location
MRH 3.202


Teaching Areas

Musicology & Ethnomusicology 

Research Areas

Music of Cuba and the Caribbean
Music of Latin America
Music and Race
Music Curriculum Reform


Doctor of Philosophy 
The University of Texas at Austin 

Master of Arts 
UC Santa Barbara 

Bachelor of Arts 
UC Santa Barbara