Hugo Viera-Vargas

Assistant Professor of Caribbean/Latin American Studies and Music - Humanities - Music

Hugo Viera-Vargas

PhD Indiana University, Bloomington
MA Indiana University, Bloomington
BA Universidad de Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras

Viera Vargas is a cultural historian that focuses his research on the intersection of race and musical expressions in Puerto Rican and Caribbean societies. His teaching interests include Afro-Caribbean musical expressions, Latin American and Caribbean History, Race relations in the Caribbean and Historical Thinking.

 Selected Publications

  • “A son de clave: la dimensión afro-diaspórica de la puertorriqueñidad, 1929-1940” in Latin American Music Review Fall/Winter, 2017, 38:1
  • “La colección John Alden Mason (1914-1915): Una documentación sonora para el estudio de la historia cultural y musical puertorriqueña” in Musiké, 2015.Vol. 4, núm. 1.
  • “La colección John Alden Mason: una documentación sonora para la historia de Puerto Rico” in Caribbean Studies, Vol. 36, No.2., (2009) ,161-168.
  • “Too Familiar to be Entirely Alien, Too Alien to be Entirely Familiar: The Political and Cultural Effects of Granting Puerto Ricans American Citizenship” in Diasporic Ruptures: Globality, Migrancy, and Expressions of Identity. Edited by Alireza Asgharzadeh,ed. Rotterdam, Sense Publishers, 2007.

Recent Courses

  • Popular Music and Societies of the Hispanic Caribbean
  • Introduction to Caribbean and Latin American Studies
  • Music and Nationalism in Latin America
  • Societies and Cultures of the Contemporary Caribbean