José R. Torres-Ramos holds the Hiram College Diversity Dissertation Teaching Fellowship in the School of Arts, Humanities, and Culture. He received his PhD in Ethnomusicology from the University of North Texas and his scholarship is centralized in Latin America with a specialization on mariachi music—teaching, performance, and research. He is a previous recipient of a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Award (DDRA) Fellowship for fieldwork conducted in Mexico City and Guadalajara in 2018. He has presented papers and published research in both the United States and in Mexico. He is currently working on a manuscript entitled, “Mariachismo: Music, Machismo, and Mexicanidad.”
- Ph.D., Ethnomusicology, University of North Texas
- M.A., History, University of Texas San Antonio
- B.A., History and Music Education, University of Texas San Antonio
Latin American music and culture, with a special focus on mariachi teaching, learning, and research. Dr. Torres is currently working on a book manuscript based on his dissertation research, entitled, “Mariachismo: Music, Machismo, and Mexicanidad.”
- 2020. “Incorporando Mariachismo: Una Fenomenología del Gesto Musical.” In Los Sentidos del Cuerpo: El Giro Sensorial en la Investigación Social y los Estudios de Género. Mexico City: Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios de Género (CIEG), UNAM.
- 2018. “Plaza Garibaldi Lugar de Machismo Musical.” In Del Mariache al Mariachi, Música y Músicos. Zapopan: El Colegio de Jalisco, Secretaría de Cultura del Estado de Jalisco.
- 2017. “Vicente Fernández: Dimensiones Masculinas Dentro del Mariachi Moderno,” In El Mariachi: Bailes y Huellas. Zapopan: El Colegio de Jalisco, Secretaría de Cultura del Estado de Jalisco.
- 2014. “The Mariachi Tradition in Nochistlán.” In Proceedings of the American Musicological Society Southwest Chapter 3, Spring.
José enjoys racquetball and being active. He is also an avid comic book fan. He also performs as a mariachi musician professionally.