Pablo Palomino

Assistant Professor of Latin American & Caribbean Studies / Mellon Faculty Fellow

Pablo Palomino is a cultural historian. Licenciado in History in his hometown at the University of Buenos Aires, he did his doctoral studies at the University of California, Berkeley, with a dissertation on the transnational musical networks that shaped Latin America during the golden era of the region's cultural nationalisms. The research was conducted in archives in Buenos Aires, Belo Horizonte, Rio de Janeiro, Mexico City, Berlin, and Washington D.C. He was visiting lecturer at Berkeley and postdoctoral lecturer at the University of Chicago's Center for Latin American Studies, before joining Oxford College in 2017. A Mellon Faculty Fellow in the Humanities (2017-2020), he is part of a group of faculty fostering interdisciplinary connections across different academic units at Emory.

Pablo worked at the Argentine alliance of human rights organizations Memoria Abierta, researching and producing testimonies for Latin America's first Oral History Archive on state terrorism and political violence. He has been evaluator of the CLIR-Mellon dissertation fellowships, reviewer at academic journals from the UK, Spain, Israel, and Argentina, and a frequent participant in panels at the American Historical Association and the Latin American Studies Association. He recently organized the conference “Latinoamericanismo: Perspectivas Historiográficas sobre una Categoría en Discusión” at the Universidad de San Martín (Buenos Aires) and the colloquium “The Worlds of Latin American Music in the 20th Century” at the University of Chicago.

His manuscript in progress, “The Invention of Latin American Music: Transnational Networks and the Emergence of a World Region,” is under contract with Oxford University Press.


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 [forthcoming CFDE University Course, Spring 2019] (Emory, 2017- )

Music and globalization in Latin America; Progress, development, and the future in Latin America; Modern Argentina; M.A. Proseminar on Latin American Studies; M.A. thesis workshop (University of Chicago, 2015-17)

Modern Brazil; Modern Latin America; Seminar “The question of progress in Latin American history”; B.A. thesis seminar (UC Berkeley, 2014-15) 

History and memory of political violence; History of Argentine popular culture; Latin American Social History (University of Buenos Aires; Buenos Aires Center for Advanced Pedagogies, teachers training, 2006)


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


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

[Book chapter] “The Musical Worlds of Jewish Buenos Aires, 1920-1950,” in Mazel Tov, Amigos!: Jews and Popular Music in the Americas, Brill Publisher, Leiden (Netherlands), 2016

“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

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

“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

[Translator] 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].


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

  • Organizer and Presenter of the Colloquium 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, institutional networking, and transnational expertise across the Americas,” Journée d’Études ‘Musique et nation dans l’entre-deux-guerres: Europe-Amériques’, Centre d’Histoire Culturelle des Sociétés Contemporaines de l’Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, Maison de la Recherche, Université Sorbonne, Paris, December 2015

Research Interests

Latin America and the Caribbean; Argentina, Brazil, and Mexico; musical globalization; progress, development, and the history of the future; Latin America-United States relations; oral history and human rights; thesis design; historiography and methods in transnational and global history.

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