Dr. Susan Thomas, Associate Professor, Musicology and Women's Studies, received her Ph.D. in musicology from Brandeis University in 2002. Her research interests include music and gender, Cuban and Latin American music, transnationalism and migration, embodiment and performativity, music and race relations, and opera studies. Her book, Cuban Zarzuela: Performing Race and Gender on Havana's Lyric Stage (University of Illinois Press, 2008), received the 2009 Pauline Alderman Book Award for feminist research from the International Association of Women in Music. Other recently published articles and chapters include, "Did Nobody Pass the Girls the Guitar? Queer Appropriations in Contemporary Cuban Popular Song," Journal of Popular Music 18/2 (2006), “Musical Cartographies of the Transnational City: Mapping Havana in Song,” Latin American Music Review 31/2 (2010); and chapters in Cuba Transnational, Fernández, ed. (2005) and De la zarzuela al cine: Los medios de comunicación populares y su traducción de la voz marginal, ed. by Doppelbauer and Sartingen (2010), among others. Her chapter “Music, Conquest, and Colonization” will appear in W.W. Norton’s forthcoming Musics of Latin America, ed. by Robin Moore. Currently, she is preparing a book manuscript on the transnationalization of contemporary Cuban music.
Dr. Thomas teaches courses on women and music, gender and music video, Cuban music, feminist ethnography, and contemporary trends and controversies in musicology.