Ph.D, Florida State University; M.M., University of South Florida; M.A., Florida Atlantic University; B.A., Florida International University; A.A., Miami-Dade College. Specialization in traditional, vernacular, and art musics of Latin America and the Caribbean. Current research projects involve issues of bimusicality, musical acculturation, and immigrant identities. Published author in professional journals. Member of Society for Ethnomusicology, and Society for Music Theory. Director of Zamba Yawar, ECU Afro-Andean Ensemble.