Anthony Macías earned his Ph.D. in American Culture from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and his B.A. in History from the University of California, Berkeley. His research interests include twentieth-century U.S. social and cultural history; Chicano history; Chicano, Latino, and African American expressive cultures; comparative race and ethnicity; and popular cultural production, circulation, and reception. His book, Mexican American Mojo: Popular Music, Dance, and Urban Culture in Los Angeles, 1935-1968 (Duke University Press, 2008), documents Chicano and Chicana participation in jazz, the zoot suit phenomenon, car culture, rhythm and blues, rock and roll, and Latin music, and argues that Mexican Americans not only rejected second-class citizenship, but also transformed metropolitan Los Angeles, challenging their own segregation while producing hip, cool urban styles.His current research project, based on historical biographies and drawing on multifaceted examples of creative representations and artistic expressions, from the 1930s to the present, makes the case for the important role of Chicanos and Chicanas in American popular culture and in U.S. History.
“Black and Brown Get Down: Cultural Politics, Chicano Music, and Hip Hop in Racialized Los Angeles,” in Sounds and the City: Popular Music, Place and Globalization, eds. Brett Lashua, Karl Spracklen, and Stephen Wagg (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014).
“California’s Composer Laureate: Gerald Wilson, Jazz Music, and Black-Mexican Cultural Connections.” Boom: A Journal of California 3, no. 2 (Summer 2013): 34-51.
“‘Detroit was Heavy’: Modern Jazz, Bebop, and African American Expressive Culture.” The Journal of African American History 95, no. 1 (Winter 2010): 44-70.
“Latin Holidays: Mexican Americans, Latin Music, and Cultural Identity in Postwar Los Angeles.” Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies 30, no. 2 (Fall 2005): 65-86.
“Bringing Music to the People: Race, Urban Culture, and Municipal Politics in Postwar Los Angeles.” American Quarterly 56, no. 3 (September 2004): 693-717.
Selected Undergraduate Courses Taught: Introduction to the Study of Race and Ethnicity; Introduction to Chicano Studies; Chicanos and Popular Music; Chicana/o California History; Chicano Political History; Research Methodology.
Selected Graduate Seminars Taught: History of Ideas in Ethnic Studies; Interdisciplinary Research Methods; Chicana/o Expressive Culture; Chicano Historiography.