A California native, Cesar Favila holds a BA in music from UC Davis and an MA and PhD from the University of Chicago. His current book project is called Immaculate Sounds: The Musical Lives of Nuns in New Spain, and it addresses women’s sacred music and its intersections with urban culture, gender, race, mysticism, and other fine arts in colonial Mexico. He has published in Mexican Studies/Estudios Mexicanos and Musicology Now. His article, “The Sound of Profession Ceremonies in Novohispanic Convents,” is forthcoming in the Journal of the Society for American Music.
In 2018, Favila was a Thoma Visiting Scholar in Latin American Colonial Art at UT Austin’s Blanton Museum and Benson Latin American Studies and Collections. His research has also been funded by the Academy of American Franciscan History, the American Musicological Society, the Society for American Music, the Franke Institute for the Humanities, the Fulbright Program, and UC MEXUS.
He serves as core faculty in UCLA’s Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, the Center for 17th– & 18th– Century Studies and William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, and he is on the Faculty Advisory Committee for the Chicano Studies Research Center. He is a member-at-large of the American Guild of Organists.