César Colón-Montijo is a doctorate candidate in the ethnomusicology program at Columbia University. In 2013, he completed a Master's thesis in ethnomusicology at Columbia entitled The Practices of Plena at La Casita de Chema: Affect, Music and Everyday Life. César obtained a Master's in anthropology and audiovisual communication from the University of Barcelona, Spain in 2005; and a B. A. in communication/journalism at the University of Puerto Rico in Rio Piedras in 2003.
César worked as a part time professor of communication theory and journalism in the University of the Sacred Heart in Santurce, Puerto Rico between 2005 and 2011. He was the general producer for a documentary series in Puerto Rico's Public Broadcasting Station from 2007 to 2010, and co-produced a weekly salsa show in University Radio at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras between 2007 and 2011. In 2011, he was the researcher and writer for the musical documentary Sonó Sonó: Tite Curet. He currently writes for 80 Grados, a cultural and literary web magazine from Puerto Rico.