Pablo Palomino

Assistant Professor of Latin American & Caribbean Studies, 2017- / Mellon Faculty Fellow, 2017-2020

Dr. Pablo Palomino is a cultural historian of modern Latin America. Licenciado from the University of Buenos Aires (in his hometown) and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, he was also postdoctoral lecturer at the University of Chicago's Center for Latin American Studies and History Department. His research and teaching include the transnational cultural history of Argentina, Brazil, and Mexico, as well as the formation of Latin America as a region. A former Mellon Faculty Fellow in the Humanities (2017-2020), he fosters interdisciplinary connections across Emory's academic units.

In Argentina, Palomino worked at Memoria Abierta, an alliance of human rights organizations that created Latin America's first Oral History Archive on state terrorism and political violence. His articles deal with the cultural history of music, Pan-Americanism, the Jewish musical diaspora in Latin America, modernist press in Argentina, and the critique of the concept of "Global South."

His first book, The Invention of Latin American Music: a Transnational History, was published by Oxford University Press in 2020 and as La invención de la música latinoamericana: una historia transnacional in Spanish by Fondo de Cultura Económica in 2021. 

He is currently working on the history of "Latin America" as an aesthethic, conceptual, and institutional category, and on a global history of Argentine meat.


PhD| University of California, Berkeley| 2014

BA| Universidad de Buenos Aires (Argentina)| 2005

Courses Taught

Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Music and Globalization

Progress: an Interdisciplinary Reflection (CFDE University Course)

Geographies of Capitalism: Cultural Perspectives (co-taught with Jeffrey Lesser)

History of the Caribbean


Emory University Research Council Fellowship (URC), 2020-2021

Social Science Research Council (SSRC) - International Dissertation Research Fellowship, 2010-11

Council of Library and Information Resources (CLIR) - Mellon Fellowship for Dissertation Research in Original Sources, 2010-11


The Invention of Latin American Music: A Transnational History. New York: Oxford University Press, 2020

La invención de la música latinoamericana: una historia transnacional. Buenos Aires: Fondo de Cultura Económica, 2021


Peer-reviewed articles:

“‘Europa’ en los orígenes del latinoamericanismo musical,” Eadem utraque Europa. Revista de Historia Cultural e Intelectual 21, Buenos Aires, 2020, p. 139-155

“On the Disadvantages of ‘Global South’ for Latin American Studies,” Journal of World Philosophies 4:2, Winter 2019

“Nina Sibirtzeva, or the hidden half of musical globalization,” Journal of Social History 52:2, Winter 2018

“Nationalist, Hemispheric, and Global: ‘Latin American Music’ and the Music Division of the Pan-American Union, 1939- 1947,” Nuevo Mundo – Mundos Nuevos / Nouveau Monde – Mondes Nouveaux (France), June 2015

“Tango, samba y amor,” Apuntes del CECYP, 12, Buenos Aires, 2007

“La revista El Gráfico en sus inicios: una pedagogía deportiva para la ciudad moderna” (with Martín Bergel), Prismas. Revista de Historia Intelectual, 4, Universidad Nacional de Quilmes (Argentina), 2000


Book chapters:

“Revolutionary Music from War to Peace: Mexico, 1910s-1930s,” in Martin Guerpin, Anaïs Fléchet, Phillipe Gumplowicz, and Barbara Kelly (eds.), Music in Post-War Transitions (19th-21st centuries), New York: Berghaghn Books [forthcoming, 2022] 

“The transnational poetics of tango in its Golden Age,” The Cambridge Companion to Tango, Cambridge University Press [Forthcoming, 2022]

“The Musical Worlds of Jewish Buenos Aires, 1920-1950,” in Moshe Morad and Amalia Ran (eds.) Mazel Tov, Amigos!: Jews and Popular Music in the Americas, Brill Publisher, Leiden (Netherlands), 2016


Other texts:

“Nina Sibirtzeva and Isa Kremer,” Forum on Latin American Jewish Studies, The Jewish Quarterly Review 111: 4, Fall 2021

“The Travels of Latin American Music,” in Naxos Musicology International, October 2020

De memoria: testimonios, textos y otras fuentes sobre el terrorismo de Estado en Argentina (educational DVD, coauthored), Secretaría de Educación de Buenos Aires and Memoria Abierta, 2005

Translator of Hugo Lovisolo, Vecinos Distantes: Universidad y Ciencia en Argentina y Brasil, Libros del Zorzal, Buenos Aires: 2000 [Vizinhos Distantes: Universidade e Ciência na Argentina e no Brasil, UERJ, Rio de Janeiro: 2000]


  • Chair and Presenter, “New Directions in Latin American History,” American Historical Association, January 2021

  • “Jewish musical migrations and ‘Latin American culture’ in the 1930s and 1940s,” Association for Jewish Studies, December 2020

  • “The geo-cultural categories of Latin American Studies in US academia,” Southeastern Council of Latin American Studies (SECOLAS), Austin, Texas, March 2020

  • “Argentina, outside of Argentina: A global journey,” Latin American Studies Association (LASA), Boston, May 2019

  • “Latin American Music and the Global South,” Conference “Musicology or Ethnomusicology? Discussing Disciplinary Boundaries in Non-Western Art Music,” University of Cambridge, UK, March 2019

  • “Latin American music: origins and meanings of a cultural category,” Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, March 2019

  • “A Post-Revolutionary Musical Order: Mexico, 1910-1930,” Conference on Music and Postwar Transitions (19th-21st Centuries), Université de Montréal, October 2018

  • Workshop organizer and presenter: “Latinoamericanismo: Perspectivas Historiográficas sobre una Categoría en Discusión,” Centro de Estudios Latinoamericanos, Universidad de San Martín, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Sponsored by University of San Martín and Oxford College of Emory, July 23, 2018

  • Colloquium organizer and presenter: “The Worlds of Latin American Music in the 20th Century,” University of Chicago, April 2017

  • “¿Qué es la música latinoamericana?,” Ciclo de Charlas en Español, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México en Chicago (UNAM–Chicago), April 2016

  • “Jewish Music, Argentine Music, Transnational Music: a Historical and Theological Conversation,” with Rabbi Joshua Kullock, Center for Latin American Studies & Jewish Studies, Vanderbilt University, April 2016

  • “The musical policies of the Pan American Union: musical pedagogy and transnational expertise across the Americas,” Journée d’Études ‘Musique et nation dans l’entre-deux-guerres: Europe-Amériques’, Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines - Université Sorbonne, Paris, December 2015

Research Interests

Spaces: Latin America and the Caribbean; Argentina, Brazil, and Mexico; Latin America and/in the United States

Subjects: music, meat, Latin Americanism, Jewish Latin Americans, globalization


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