Salvador Hernandez is a second-year PhD student in ethnomusicology at UNT, where he also serves as a teaching assistant for ethnomusicology and music theory courses. His research interests include sustainable ethnomusicology, Peircean semiotics, and terror management theory; with much of his research focusing on music-making as a response to death anxiety, sonic reifications of cultural worldviews, and the sustainability of musical meanings. Hernandez has previously conducted field research with indigenous groups in the Gran Nayar region of Mexico, and he is currently working toward understanding how indigenous cosmologies and rituals are threatened by the global climate crisis. He has presented at conferences throughout North America, and his research has been published in the first and forthcoming second edition of La Investigación Musical en las Regiones de Mexico, edited by Professor Luis Diaz Santana-Garza of the Autonomous University of Zacatecas. He previously served as a teaching assistant under Dr. Larry Crook at the University of Florida (M.M. Ethnomusicology), and studied music education under Dr. Michael Zelenak while at Alabama State University.
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