Rebecca Bodenheimer

Anthropology and History Expert


Ph.D., Ethnomusicology, University of California Berkeley

M.A., Ethnomusicology, University of California Berkeley

B.M., Music, Barnard College


  • Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from University of California, Berkeley 
  • Author of Geographies of Cubanidad: Place, Race, and Musical Performance in Contemporary Cuba


Rebecca Bodenheimer, Ph.D. is a scholar/researcher of Cuban music, society, and culture; she conducted over a decade of ethnographic fieldwork on the island. She is also a writer and cultural critic whose work has been published at CNN Opinion, NPR, Pacific Standard, Mic, Poynter, The Lily, and more. 


Rebecca completed an M.A. and Ph.D. in ethnomusicology at the University of California, Berkeley. She earned her B.A. from Barnard College and Columbia University.  

Selected Publications

  • Geographies of Cubanidad: Place, Race, and Musical Performance in Contemporary Cuba. Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi, 2015.
  • “Music and Eastern Cuban Identity.” In Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Latin American History, edited by William Beezley. New York: Oxford University Press, 2017.
  • “Cuba.” In Oxford Bibliographies in Music, edited by Bruce Gustafson. New York: Oxford University Press, 2016. 
  • “Rumba.” In Oxford Bibliographies in Music, edited by Bruce Gustafson. New York: Oxford University Press, 2016. 
  • “National symbol or ‘a Black thing’?: Rumba and racial politics in Cuba in the era of cultural tourism.” Black Music Research Journal 33 (2): 177-205, 2013.
  • “‘La Habana no aguanta más’: Regionalism in contemporary Cuban society and popular music.” The Musical Quarterly 92 (3-4): 201-41, 2009.

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