Azcona, Estevan

Assistant Professor of Chicana & Chicano Studies

Graduate Advisor, Department of Chicana/o Studies

Faculty Advisor, Mariachi Oro Azul


Ph.D., Ethnomusicology and Musicology, The University of Texas at Austin

M.Mus., Ethnomusicology ad Musicology, The University of Texas at Austin

B.A., Music, UC Santa Barbara


Estevan Azcona recently joined the faculty of the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies as a Chicanx/Latinx arts and culture specialist. Azcona received his Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology from the University of Texas at Austin, and his B.A. in Music from U.C. Santa Barbara. He served as a pre-doctoral fellow at DePauw University and Indiana University, and as postdoctoral Visiting Scholar at University of Houston. He served in the Latinx arts non-profit world as arts administrator and performing arts curator while also lecturing in Mexican American Studies at University of Houston.

Azcona's research and teaching interests are Chicanx/Latinx music history and folklore, Latin American ethnomusicology, and borderlands anthropology and history. He is particularly interested in how ethnic Mexican music-making—and other public expressions of arts and culture—represent processes of cultural and political change and exchange. Utilizing ethnographic and archival methodologies, his work has documented cultural histories of Chicano Movement music-making and cross-border practices of Mexican regional and popular music traditions in the U.S. Azcona was co-producer of the Smithsonian Folkways Recordings release, Rolas de Aztlán: Songs of the Chicano Movement. He has also served nationally as curator, consultant, and panelist for local and national arts service organizations, including National Performance Network (NPN) and the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture (NALAC).