The Columbia University Ethnomusicology community is delighted to congratulate our recent PhD alumnus, and current Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Music, Dr. César Cólon-Montijo, who has been named to the first cohort of Presidential Postdoctoral Fellows at Princeton University.
Dr. Cólon-Montijo received his PhD in Ethnomusicology in 2018 from the Department of Music and currently serves as a Visiting Lecturer in the Department. His dissertation, entitled Specters of Maelo: An Ethnographic Biography of Ismael ‘Maelo’ Rivera, was advised by Profs. Ochoa and Washburne. Dr. Colón-Montijo will join the Princeton University Department of Spanish and Portuguese. Colón-Montijo holds a master’s degree in anthropology and audiovisual communication from the University of Barcelona and a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Puerto Rico, in addition to his PhD from Columbia. His research spans Puerto Rican, Caribbean and Latinx media and cultural studies, and is focused on the production and reception of popular song, music, print and non-print texts and their role in shaping communities and social movements. In addition to his scholarly work, Colón-Montijo is a journalist and documentary filmmaker with experience in radio and television. Colón-Montijo will be advised by Pedro Meira Monteiro, the Arthur W. Marks ’19 Professor of Spanish and Portuguese and chair of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese.