Associate Professor and Department Chair
Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh
Phone: (951) 827-4351
Office: ARTS 140
Professor Saavedra joins UCR from the University of Pittsburgh and the National Center for Music Research (CENIDIM) in Mexico City. Her recent research centers upon the changing constructions of self and other in the Mexican musical imaginary, and upon the role of historiography in transmitting and sustaining such constructions. Her work embraces all living musical traditions of Mexico and their histories. She is particularly interested in the ways in which nations negotiate internal and external relations of power through the representation of the national in music. She is also interested in the relations between music, social class and the state. Her work draws on Marxism, and post-colonial and subaltern studies. Before moving to the US, Professor Saavedra was active in Mexicowhere artists and intellectuals play public roles that aim at impacting society at largeas a researcher and performer of new Mexican music, and as a cultural administrator.