José R. Torres-Ramos currently holds the Hiram College Diversity Dissertation/Teaching Fellowship and teaches in the School of Arts, Humanities, and Culture. He is a PhD candidate in ethnomusicology at 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, funding dissertation fieldwork conducted in Mexico City and Guadalajara in 2018. He has presented and published research in both the United States and Mexico and is currently completing a dissertation entitled, “Mariachismo: Music, Machismo, and Mexicanidad.”.
- Ph.D. (ABD), Ethnomusicology, University of North Texas
- M.A., History, University of Texas San Antonio
- B.A., History and Music Education, University of Texas San Antonio
Currently, José is completing a dissertation investigating how sound, listening, and embodiment signify machismo (hyper-masculinity) as a performative aesthetic of mexicanidad (Mexican-ness) in mariachi music. This signification marks experiences of musical performativity as “authentic” by audiences and mariachis in Mexico. His theoretical specializations include gender studies, Mexican nationalism, sound studies, space and place studies, ritual, and phenomenology.
- 2019. “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.