About This Website

This website will feature selected updates from research-in-progress by Heidi Carolyn Feldman toward a book about the international legacy of Afro-Peruvian arts matriarch Victoria Santa Cruz (1922–2014). Feldman’s previous book, Black Rhythms of Peru: Reviving African Musical Heritage in the Black Pacific (Wesleyan University Press 2006,  IASPM-U.S. Woody Guthrie Book Prize), includes a chapter about Victoria Santa Cruz’s role as a leader in the Afro-Peruvian arts revival:


Feldman’s current research examines Victoria Santa Cruz’s distinctive philosophy and practice of rhythm and her remarkable international career in the arts, government, and higher education.  Feldman is grateful to many of Victoria Santa Cruz’s former students, colleagues, and protégés who have shared their memories and documentation of working with Victoria Santa Cruz. Please message her if you would like to talk further about this research. She is especially interested in collecting additional documentation of Victoria Santa Cruz’s career (texts, photos, or videos).

This project has been funded by postdoctoral fellowships from AAUW and the Ruth Landes Memorial Research Fund (a program of the Reed Foundation), and by archival research grants from the American Philosophical Society, the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Library Travel Fund, and the American Society for Theatre Research. In addition, Biographers International Organization recognized Feldman’s work with the  2019 Chip Bishop Fellowship. Feldman holds appointments as a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Iberian and Latin American Studies at the University of California, San Diego and as a Visiting Researcher at the Institute of Ethnomusicology at the Catholic University of Peru.