Ana María Ochoa Gautier is professor in the Department of Music and the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race at Columbia University. Her initial work centered on armed conflict and cultural policy in Colombia, on the political implications of the transformations of music production via the formation of collectives (social movements and different forms of aesthetic affiliation) and on the musical dimensions of policy in the nation state and the music industry. Her recent work is centered on genealogies of listening and sound in Latin America and the Caribbean, on the politics of life and death regarding the changing relations between the human and non-human in Latin America and the Caribbean, and on armed conflict and the sonorous. She has published extensively in Spanish and English and has been a Distinguished Greenleaf Professor at Tulane University, is a recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship, and her latest book Aurality, Listening and Knowledge in Nineteenth-Century Colombia (2014, Duke University Press) is recipient of the Alan Merriam Prize in  Ethnomusicology.