Susan Thomas

Adjunct Professor

Susan Thomas, adjunct professor, received her Ph.D. in musicology from Brandeis University.  Her research interests include music and gender; Cuban and Latin American music; transnationalism, migration, and diaspora; embodiment and performativity; and media studies. Her book, Cuban Zarzuela: Performing Race and Gender on Havana's Lyric Stage (University of Illinois Press, 2008), was awarded the Robert M. Stevenson Prize from the American Musicological Society and the Pauline Alderman Book Award from the International Association of Women in Music.  In 2011-2012 she was a Santander Visiting Fellow at the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University.  She is currently completing her second book, The Musical Mangrove: The Transnationalization of Cuban Alternative Music. 

Representative articles and chapters include:

  •  “Blues Traveller: Habana Blues and the Construction of Diasporic Cubanía,” in Shaw and Stone, eds.  Screening Songs in Hispanic and Lusophone Cinema.  (Manchester University Press, 2012).
  •  “Music, Conquest, and Colonialism, in Robin Moore, ed., Musics of Latin America (W.W. Norton, 2012)
  • “Musical Cartographies of the Transnational City: Mapping Havana in Song,” Latin American Music Review 31/2 (2010).  
  • "Did Nobody Pass the Girls the Guitar? Queer Appropriations in Contemporary Cuban Popular Song," Journal of Popular Music 18/2 (2006).
  • "Cosmopolitan, International, Transnational: Locating Cuban Music," in Fernandez, ed., Cuba Transnational (University Press of Florida, 2005).

Dr. Thomas teaches courses on women and music, gender and music video, Cuban & Latin American music, feminist ethnography, and contemporary trends and controversies in musicology.   Together with Dr. Jean Kidula, she co-directs the Athens Music Project, a local music research initiative supported by the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts and the UGA Office of the Vice President for Research.