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M. Myrta Leslie Santana

Integrative Studies

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M. Myrta Leslie Santana is an ethnomusicologist and performer whose work examines the social and political dimensions of trans and queer performance in the Americas. Her book manuscript Transformismo: Performing Cuba’s Future, an ethnography of drag performance in contemporary Cuba, is under review at the University of Michigan Press. Transformismo tells a story about the ways trans and queer performers in Cuba are working against intensifying racial, sexual, and economic inequity on the island. In addition to her book project, Leslie Santana has published essays on music and performance, gender/sexuality, and higher education in Small Axe, the Journal of the Society for American Music, Queer Nightlife (Michigan, 2021), and Queering the Field: Sounding Out Ethnomusicology (Oxford, 2019). At UC San Diego, Leslie Santana teaches classes on trans and queer performance, expressive cultures in the Americas, and research and teaching methods. Originally from Miami, Florida, she studied ethnomusicology, women’s studies, and violin performance at Harvard University, the University of Michigan, and the Cleveland Institute of Music.