Robin Moore

Professor of Ethnomusicology
Editor, Latin American Music Review

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). His recent awards include the Robert Stevenson Award from the American Musicological Society the Bela Bartok Award for outstanding ethnomusicology publication from ASCAP, both from 2013. Since 2005, he has served as editor of the Latin American Music Review.

MUS 381J
Foundations of Ethnomusicology

MUS 381J
Analytical Methods in Ethnomusicology

MUS 395W
Writing About Music

MUS 385
Theory and Practice in Latin American Ethnomusicology

MUS 385
Music Curricula for the 21st Century

MUS 398T
Introduction to Music Pedagogy

MUS 312C
Music and Culture

MUS 334
Music of Mexico and the Caribbean

MUS 334
Music of Latin America

MUS 334
Music of the African Diaspora

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

2021. “Rethinking the Engagement of Ethnomusicologists with Applied Music Curricula.” To appear in García Corona, León F. and Kathleen Weins, eds., Beyond the Field: New Challenges and Opportunities in Ethnomusicology. New York: Oxford University Press, 219-237.

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,

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Contact Information


Campus location
MRH 3.210


Hispanic Caribbean

Teaching Areas

Musicology & Ethnomusicology 

Research Areas

Music of Cuba, the Hispanic Caribbean, & Latin America
Afro-Latin American Music Cultures
Music Curriculum Reform


Doctor of Philosophy
The University of Texas at Austin 

Master of Arts
UC Santa Barbara 

Bachelor of Arts
UC Santa Barbara