La Rotta, Alex

Postdoctoral Research Scholar

Office Hours

Fall 2020: Zoom, Wednesdays 10am-12pm & by appointment



Ph.D. – University of Houston, 2019


Interests and Research

Alex La Rotta is a Postdoctoral Research Scholar in the Department of History where he teaches U.S. Latinx History and Black/Brown History of Rock & Roll. An avid record collector and DJ, his scholarship focuses on race and popular music in the U.S.-Mexico borderlands. Professor La Rotta is particularly interested in how music can provide a historical lens into the mechanisms of racialization and reveal tensions and collaborations within communities of color. His manuscript in preparation investigates sonic affinities and cultural kinships across African-American and Mexican-American communities in twentieth-century San Antonio, Texas. With the support from the Inter-University Program for Latino Research’s Andrew Mellon Fellowship, he received his Ph.D. in History from the University of Houston in Summer 2019.