Alex Bádue is a musicologist specialized in musical theater, American music history, and the impact of Latin American music on the United States. His main research focuses on the American musical as a genre and examines musico-dramatic aesthetics, conventions, and originalities that different composers, lyricists, book writers, and directors employed to create musicals in different decades of the 20th and 21st centuries. More recently, he has started a research project that studies cross-cultural influences between Latin and North American popular music from the 1950s to the present.
Dr. Bádue has received several awards for his scholarly work, most prominently the Presser Music Award and the University of Cincinnati's Dean Fellowship for Dissertation Completion (2016–17). He has presented his research in meetings of the American Musicological Society, the Society for American Music, and the conferences Song, Stage, and Screen and Music and the Moving Image. He has published in the journals American Music and Studies in American Jewish Literature. He contributed a chapter to the Routledge Companion to the Contemporary Musical, and he is currently writing a monograph under contract with Cambridge University Press to be published as part of the series Elements in Musical Theatre.
As a teacher, Dr. Bádue has experience teaching college conservatories and liberal arts curricula. Before teaching at the University of Louisville, Dr. Bádue taught at the University of Cincinnati, Roosevelt University, and Wabash College.