Alejandro Cueto

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Cohort Year: 2022
Research Interests: Popular music, critical race theory, dance, performance studies, global histories of music theory, music theory pedagogy
Education: BM, Arizona State University; MM, University of Texas at Austin


Alejandro Cueto (He/Him/His) is a PhD student in music history and theory at the University of Chicago. He studies constructions and performance of race, gender, and sexuality in 20th and 21st century protest music. Current projects include research on musical embodiment, aesthetic value, and Afrofuturism. Additionally, Alejandro is interested in public-facing scholarship and the multitude of ways music knowledge and critique is circulated outside of academic contexts such as podcasts, public radio, CD jackets, and concert programs. Prior to coming to Chicago, he earned BM degrees in horn performance and music theory from Arizona State University, and an MM in music theory from the University of Texas at Austin. Outside of music scholarship, Alejandro is an enthusiastic and award-winning potter, enjoys cooking, loves exploring new restaurants around Chicago, and is very proud of his dog, Max.