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Verónica Dávila Ellis
Postdoctoral Fellow in Latin American and Latino/a Studies
Contact & Office Hours
Virtual office hours held through Zoom. Please email to schedule a time.
Hillyer Hall 112
Ph.D., Northwestern University
M.A., University of Florida, Gainesville
B.A., Universidad de Puerto Rico, Río Piedras
Verónica Dávila Ellis (they/elle) specializes in Latinx and Caribbean popular music, with a focus on gender performance, queer theory and sound studies. Their dissertation, “Uttering Sonic Dominicanidad: Women and Queer Performers of Música Urbana,” analyzes how reggaetón, dembow and trap artists negotiate with the hegemonic scripts of identity, race and gender through sound and bodily performance. They are currently developing an accompanying Scalar project that will guide listeners and readers in navigating the rich sonic work of Dominican música urbana artists, engage with their listening publics and traverse through the transnational currents embedded in their music. As a public scholar, they have published articles in The Washington Post and NACLA, in the Puerto Rican cultural journal 80grados, have been interviewed for NPR’s “Here and Now” and “Code Switch,” and collaborated with local Dominican music publications. They co-host the transfeminist pop culture podcast The Plátano Diaries.