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Omar Ruiz Vega

Omar Ruiz Vega is from Aguada, Puerto Rico. He has a PhD in musicology from the University of Cologne and a master’s degree from the Humboldt University in Berlin. He is fluent in Spanish, English, and German, has intermediate knowledge of French, and basic knowledge of Latin. In February 2015, his doctoral dissertation was published by transcript-Verlag under the title Musik-Kolonialismus-Identität: José Figueroa Sanabia und die puerto-ricanische Gesellschaft 1925–1952. His article “Representando al caserío: narcocultura y el diario vivir en videos musicales de Reggaetón” will be published in the next issue of the Latin American Music Review. Some of his research interests include Caribbean popular music, European and Latin American Classical music, music scenes, music and nationalism, music and eurocentrism, and the history of musicology as an academic discipline.


Omar Ruiz Vega, PhD
Musicologist-Research Associate
Center for Puerto Rican Studies
Hunter College, CUNY
695 Park Avenue,
New York, New York, 10065