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Jacqueline Avila

Greenleaf Visiting Library Scholar


Assistant Professor
University of Tennessee, Knoxville

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Jacqueline Avila received a Greenleaf Visiting Library Award in Summer 2016 to support research on Cinesonidos: Cinematic Music and Identity in Early Mexican Film, 1896-1952. At the time of the award, she was an Assistant Professor in Musicology at the University of Tennessee.

Avila’s research focuses on film music and sound practice from the silent period to present and the intersections of identity, tradition, and modernity in the Hollywood and Mexican film industries. She has been the recipient of a UC MEXUS Dissertation Research Grant, an American Musicological Society’s Howard Mayer Brown Fellowship, and a UC MEXUS Postdoctoral Fellowship (2014-2015).



Title of Research : Cinesonidos: Cinematic Music and Identity in Early Mexican Film, 1896-1952

While at UNM, she addressed  Mexican film music during the first half of the twentieth century, developing an interdisciplinary project that examines the function of music in the prominent film genres developed during Mexico’s silent (1896–1930) and early sound period (1931–1952). Looking at several examples of popular, regional, and orchestral music in select films, Avila examined how music contributed to creating and accentuating cinematic tropes and archetypes considered central to Mexican cultural nationalism.