I am a musicologist cultural historian specialising in urban studies and transnationalism.
I earned my PhD from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid in 2007. Before joining Manchester in 2015, I have been a Research Fellow in the University of Birmingham (2008-2011) and the University of Cambridge (2011-2014); and a Lecturer in Hispanic Studies in Durham University (2014-2015).
I am the author of two books. My first monograph, Whose Spain?: Negotiating ‘Spanish Music’ in Paris, 1908-1929 (OUP, 2012), analyses the weight of war propaganda and Orientalist tropes in the formation of the ‘Spanish music’ concept in both Spain and France. Counter to research that studies ‘Spanish music’ as a self-contained category, this book argues that it is the outcome of a thoroughly transnational process through which Spanish composers resident in Paris (Falla, Albéniz) engaged with the ‘Orientalist’ stereotypes and imperialist dynamics prevalent in France. In 2013 this book received the Robert M. Stevenson Award of the American Musicological Society for ‘outstanding research in Iberian and Latin American Music.’
My book titled Discordant Notes: Marginality and Social Control in Madrid, 1850-1930 (OUP, December 2018) analyses the ways in which street music and sounds in Madrid, as they challenged the social and economic order, triggered the development of new forms of social control. Street and popular music, far from being a social epiphenomenon, have played a key role in the modernisation and refinement of legislation and social control in modern urban societies.
I am a member of the editorial boards of Diagonal (journal of the Centre for Iberian and Latin American Music at UC Riverside) and the ‘Hispanic Music’ book series of the Complutense Institute for Musical Research (ICCMU), Madrid.