David Garcia's research focuses on the music of the Americas with an emphasis on black music and Latin music of the United States. He is also musical director of UNC’s Charanga Carolina which specializes in Cuban danzón and salsa music. His first book Arsenio Rodríguez and the Transnational Flows of Latin Popular Music (Temple University Press, 2006) was awarded a Certificate of Merit in the category Best Research in Folk, Ethnic, or World Music by the Association for Recorded Sound Collections in 2007. His current book project, The Logic of Black Music’s African Origins in the Mid-Twentieth Century is under contract with Duke University Press. He has done fieldwork and archival research throughout the United States, Cuba, Puerto Rico, and Curaçao.