I publish on a variety of topics which interest me, mostly about music and about the global history of the United States. 

Please see my research page for more detailed information on my current projects. I talk more about my work on musical topics here.

My published books:

Daniel S. Margolies, Umut Özsu, Maïa Pal, Ntina Tzouvala, eds., The Extraterritoriality of Law: History, Theory, Politics (Politics of Transnational Law) Routledge, 2019.

Editor, Companion to Harry S. Truman (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012)

Spaces of Law in American Foreign Relations: Extradition and Extraterritoriality in the Borderlands and Beyond, 1877-1898. (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2011).

Henry Watterson and the New South:  The Politics of Empire, Free Trade, and Globalization.  (Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2006).

Recent articles

(some of these are available for free online. I am happy to share articles or reviews I have written, just email me)

“Community Music Making, Improvisation and Social Technologies in Música Huasteca,” co-authored with J.A. Strub, special issue: Social Convergence in Times of Spatial Distancing: The Role of Music During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Frontiers in Psychology: Cultural Psychology (2021).

 “#QuédateEnCasa y Huapango! Diasporic Community and Musical Wellbeing in Streamed Live Performances of Son Huasteco music” (co-authored with J.A. Strub) Journal of Music, Health, and Wellbeing, available here

“Jurisdiction in Offshore Submerged Lands and the Significance of the Truman Proclamation in Postwar U.S. Foreign Policy”.   Diplomatic History (April 2020) Part of the DH Oceans Forum I edited.

“Unilateralist Continuities in American Foreign Relations Proclamations,” Honam University Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences (Gwangju, Korea) 60 (2018): 145-161.

Música, Muerte, y Jaripeo: Sound, Gender, and Violence in Diasporic Mexican Rodeo Videos,” Music and Sound in American Culture Special Issue, Journal of American Culture 38: 1 (March, 2015): 63-75.

“Introduction: Music and Sound in American Culture,” Journal of American Culture 38: 1 (March, 2015): 1-3.

Voz de Pueblo Chicano: Sustainability, Teaching, and Intangible Cultural Transfer in Conjunto Music,” Journal of American Culture 34:1 (March, 2011): 36-48.

“’The Ill-defined Fiction of Extraterritoriality’ and Sovereign Exception in Late Nineteenth Century U.S. Foreign Relations”Southwestern Law Review 40 (2011): 574-603.

“Conjunto as Sustainable Music,” Tonantzin  Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, San Antonio, Texas, 2010.

“Latino Migrant Music and Identity in the Borderlands of the New South,” Journal of American Culture 32:2 (June, 2009): 114-125.   Awarded the 2010 Carl Bode Award for Outstanding Article in the Journal of American Culture in 2009 by the American Culture Association

“Sé Que Voy a Regresar:  Migrant Music and Globalization in the Nuevo South,” American Studies 31:1 (May, 2008): 1-24.

“Transmission of Texas-Mexican Conjunto Music in the 21st century” International Journal of Intangible Heritage  PDF.   Published in both English and Korean

“Introduction: Sovereignty and World History” (co-authored with issue co-editor H. Robert Baker), World History Bulletin XXIX: 1 (Spring, 2013)

“’Factors of Universal Commerce:’ Bonded Warehousing and the Spatialities of Mid-Nineteenth Century American Foreign Trade Policy,”World History Bulletin XXIX: 1 (Spring, 2013): 19-25.

“Taquerias and Tiendas in the Blue Ridge: Viewing the Transformation of Space in a Globalized Appalachia,” Appalachian Journal 39: 3-4 (Spring-Summer 2012).


southern-gunMy photographic essay:  “Latinization of Southern Space and Place” was hosted by the University of Richmond Digital Scholarship Lab, 2014-2020

Book Chapters:

“Conjunto Dance Halls of San Antonio,” in Stan Renard, William Glenn, Mark Brill, eds., History of Music in San Antonio (University of Texas-San Antonio Press, 2023) forthcoming (website for the book is here)

“Orquesta and Tejano Music in San Antonio,” in Stan Renard, William Glenn, Mark Brill, eds., History of Music in San Antonio (University of Texas-San Antonio Press, 2023) forthcoming (website for the book is here)

“Norteño Music in San Antonio,” in Stan Renard, William Glenn, Mark Brill, eds., History of Music in San Antonio (University of Texas-San Antonio Press, 2023) forthcoming (website for the book is here)

“The Tejano Conjunto Festival en San Antonio and Cultural Sustainability” co-written with Cristina Ballí in Stan Renard, William Glenn, Mark Brill, eds., History of Music in San Antonio (University of Texas-San Antonio Press, 2023) forthcoming (website for the book is here)

“Luthiers of San Antonio” in Stan Renard, William Glenn, Mark Brill, eds., History of Music in San Antonio (University of Texas -San Antonio Press, 2023) forthcoming (website for the book is here)

Huapanguitos pa seguir aguantando en cuarentena: Mexican Musical Communities, DIY Media, and Emergent Digital Spaces of Wellbeing during COVID-19,” co-authored with J.A. Strub, in Maurizio Agamennone, Daniele Palma, and Giulia Sarno, eds., Sounds of the Pandemic: Accounts, Experiences, Investigations, Perspectives in times of Covid-19 (Routledge, 2022). 



“Submerged Lands, Navigable Waters, and Jurisdiction as a Technology of Spatial Governance in the United States,” in Veronica Walker Vadillo, Emilia Mataix Ferrandiz, and Elisabeth Holmqvist eds., Down by the Water: Interdisciplinary Studies in Human-Environment Interactions in Watery Spaces (UK: BAR Publishing, 2022).

“The United States: Imperium in Imperio in an Age of Imperialism, 1865-1886” in Christopher Dietrich, ed., A Companion to U.S. Foreign Relations, Colonial Era to the Present (Wiley-Blackwell, 2020): 217-232.


“A Preliminary Taxonomy of the Blue Ridge Taco: New Foodways and Spaces in Globalized Appalachia,” in Elizabeth S.D. Engelhardt and Lora Smith, eds., Athens: Ohio University Press, 2019): 67-88.

“Imperial Reorderings in U.S. Zones and Regulatory Regimes, 1934-1950,” in Daniel S. Margolies, Umut Özsu, Maïa Pal, and Ntina Tzouvala, eds., Empires, Standards, and Exceptions: Legal Histories of Extraterritoriality (Routledge, March, 2019)

“Reimagined Old Time Music Cultures in the Trainhopping Punk Rock South,” in

Bohemian south

Shawn Chandler Bingham and Lindsey Freeman, eds., The Bohemian South: Creating Countercultures, from Poe to Punk. (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2017)


“Spatiality, Jurisdiction, and Sovereignty in Early Latin American Approaches to the Law of the Sea,” in Jaime Moreno Tejada and Bradley Tatar, eds., Transnational Frontiers of Asia and Latin America since 1800 (Routledge, 2016), 85-97


“Ethnographic and Folkloristic Study of Popular Culture,” in Gary Burns, ed., A Companion to Popular Culture (Wiley-Blackwell, 2015)

“Trade, Finance, and Globalization (1980s-present),” in Thomas Zeiler and Robert Wright, eds., The CQ Guide to U.S. Economic Policy (CQ Press/Sage Publications, 2014): 243-255 cq

 Miscellaneous Writings:

“No, Newt, the U.S. Cannot Make the Moon a State. That’s Illegal Under International Law.” History News Network 30 January 2012

“Professors like Bill Cronon should be held to different public records standards,” Isthmus Daily Page, 4 April 2011

 ‘Extradition as a Foreign Policy’  History News Network 6 September 2010

Confederate Navy in Alabama, The Encyclopedia of Alabama

“Tradition, History, and Music in a Globalized Perspective, or, Considering Banjos and Kayagums in Seoul,” The Korea Fulbright Review(2008): 25-29

 “Tradition, History, and Music in a Globalized Perspective,” in Korea Fulbright Infusion Magazine 1 (2008): 24-28.

victor-1931-catalog-coverThere Are Still a Lot of Records You Haven’t Heard: Italian-American Music of the 78s Era. Old Time Herald 14:2 (2015) cover story

“Handmade Strings: To Make Music Out of a Cat and a Horse’s Tail,” Old Time Herald 13:1 (2012), cover story, you can read the full thing here: PDF

 “Traditional Music Collections Online,” Old Time Herald 11:8 (2008)

“Polkas, Polkas, y Mas Polkas: The Tejano Conjunto Festival en San Antonio” Old Time Herald 11:3 (2008) PDF

“Molly O’Day and the Gospel in Old-Time Country Music” Old Time Herald 11:2 (2007)

“Saturday Night at Wayne’s Body Shop” Old Time Herald Spring 2004.  PDF

“Ladder-braced Guitars and the Enduring Mysteries of the Old-Time Sound.” Old Time Herald Winter, 2005

“The Sandia Hots: Spicing Up Old Time Music with the Flavors of the Southwest” Old Time Herald, June-July 2006  cover story

Here is my online guide to the John Donald Robb Field Recordings Collection.

Tradition and Music in a Globalized Perspective, or Considering Banjos and Kayagums in Seoul,” Korea Fulbright Review (2008): 25-29.

“Making Music and Sustaining Tradition,” The Korea Times, 12 June 2008


“Isolationism as Rhizome,” Review of Christopher McKnight Nichols. Promise and Peril: America at the Dawn of a Global Age. (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2011) Reviews in American History 40:4 (December, 2012): 661-667

“A Call to Broaden the Reach of SHAFR through the Social Sciences Research Network,” Passport: The Newsletter of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (March, 2010).

“Robert E. Lee: Heroic, But Not the Polio Vaccine,” Review of Elizabeth Brown Pryor, Reading the Man: A Portrait of Robert E. Lee Through His Private Letters (New York: Viking, 2007); Reviews in American History 35:3 (2007): 385-392. (3500 words)

Review of Razsa, Maple & Pacho Velez, 2009 Bastards of Utopia. Anthropology Review Database. 4 June 2012

Review of Buddhist Warfare. Edited by Michael K. Jerryson and Mark Juergensmeyer,  Journal of Global Buddhism 11 (2010): 53-55 PDF

Review of Brian McAllister Linn, The Echo of Battle: The Army’s Way of War. (Cambridge: Harvard Univ. Press, 2007)  Michigan War Studies Review

Review of Goldenberg, Sonia, “Sax Country: The Music of the Central Andes,” (New York: Filmakers Library, 2007) Anthropology Review Database.

“Plight of the Honeybee” (review of three books on colony collapse disorder) Virginian-Pilot 25 January 2009, p. 7,8.  pdf

2009 Review of Borderscapes: Hidden Geographies and Politics at Territory’s Edge. Anthropology Review Database.

2009 Review of A Massacre Foretold. Anthropology Review Database.

“Robert E. Lee: Heroic, But Not the Polio Vaccine,” Reviews in American History 35.3 (2007) 385-392 available here online.

Review of Dreamworlds of Alabama for the Anthropology Review Database (ARD)

Review of Helen Duffy. The ‘War on Terror’ and the Framework of International Law (H-Diplo).  

“One New World Order and Many New Souths” (H-South):