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M. Leslie Santana

Integrative Studies

Off: CPMC 248


M. Leslie Santana is an interdisciplinary writer, teacher, and performer from Miami, Florida. They are primarily interested in the relationship between performance and racial, sexual, and economic transformations in the Americas. Leslie Santana is currently at work on an ethnography of gender performance in Cuba which explores how racialized trans and queer cultural workers on the island are using art as a means of living with dignity in a context of social and material precarity. Their writing also appears in the edited collections Queering the Field: Sounding Out Ethnomusicology (Oxford, 2019) and Queer Nightlife (Michigan, 2021). At UC San Diego, Leslie Santana teaches classes on expressive culture in the Americas, the social and political contexts of musical art worlds, and critical and creative approaches to music scholarship. As a violinist, they have frequently performed and taught in various contexts related to the Sphinx Organization and the Tanglewood Music Center. They received a PhD in music from Harvard University in 2019 and a DMA in violin performance, with a graduate certificate in women’s studies, from the University of Michigan in 2015.