José G. Anguiano is an Assistant Professor of Chicana/o Latina/o Studies and the Honors College at California State University, Los Angeles. His research is in the areas of: Chicana/o and Latina/o popular music and culture; sound and listening studies; and music, race and citizenship. Dr. Anguiano’s research documents how popular music links communities of listeners across time and space, and how listening can be an active and creative form of claiming space, citizenship and respect. This research has led to a book project tentatively titled Latino Listening Cultures, which is an ethnographic account of select contemporary Latino listeners in the Southern California region.

Venise T. Berry is Associate Professor of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Iowa. She is the author of three national bestselling novels, So Good, An African American Love Story (Dutton/Penguin, 1996), All of Me, A Voluptuous Tale (Dutton/Penguin 2000), and Colored Sugar Water (Dutton/Penguin/Putnam 2002). Berry’s research is in the area of African American Cultural Criticism. She is developing a theory called “racialism,” which involves the influence of the media on African American images and messages. Her two most recent nonfiction projects, The Historical Dictionary of African American Film (Scarecrow Press, 2005) and The 50 Most Influential Black Films (Citadel, 2001) are co-authored with her brother S. Torriano Berry, a professor in film at Howard University in Washington, DC.

Taylor Black is Assistant Professor of English at Duke University. He has published on twentieth century American literature, popular music, gender and sexuality studies, queer theory, ontology and theories of becoming and, above all, the subject and practices of style in Women’s Studies Quarterly, American Quarterly, Discourse and the Journal of Popular Music Studies. Black is the co-editor of the Spring 2016 issue of WSQ, “Survival,” with Frances Bartkowski and Elena Glasberg.

Michael K. Bourdaghs is Robert S. Ingersoll Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations and the College at the University of Chicago. Among other works, he is the author of Sayonara Amerika, Sayonara Nippon: A Geopolitcal Prehistory of J-Pop (2012; Japanese translation 2012) and the English translator of Kojin Karatani, The Structure of World History: From Modes of Production to Modes of Exchange (2014).

Amy Coddington is an Assistant Professor of Music at Amherst College. Her research explores how hip hop broke through to the mainstream via programming on Top 40 radio stations in the late 1980s and how this radio airplay affected the genre and American racial politics more generally in the 1990s.

Peter Coviello is Professor of English at the University of Illinois, Chicago. He has written about Walt Whitman, stepparenthood, the history of sexuality, queer children, American literature, Chance the Rapper, polygamy, and, occasionally, Steely Dan. He is currently on fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Study, completing a project about sex, early Mormonism, and the biopolitics of secularism. His newest book is Long Players: A Love Story in Eighteen Songs, appearing from Penguin Books in the spring of 2018.

Meghan Drury is Adjunct Instructor of University Studies at Portland State University. She received her PhD in American Studies at George Washington University in 2016, and her research is focused on perceptions of Arab culture in American popular music. She is managing editor of the Journal of Popular Music Studies.

Kevin Fellezs is an Assistant Professor of Music at Columbia University, where he shares a joint appointment in the Institute for Research in African-American Studies. His book titled Birds of Fire: Jazz, Rock, Funk and the Creation of Fusion (Duke University Press), a study of fusion (jazz-rock-funk) music of the 1970s, won the 2012 Woody Guthrie Book Award. He has published articles in Jazz Perspectives, the Journal of Popular Music Studies, the Journal of Metal Music Studies, and in numerous anthologies.

Colin Gunckel is an Associate Professor of screen arts and cultures, American culture and Latina/o studies at the University of Michigan and the author of Mexico on Main Street: Transnational Film Culture in Los Angeles before World War II (Rutgers University Press, 2015). He has published essays in a number of scholarly journals, including American Quarterly, Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies, Film History, Social Justice, and Velvet Light Trap. He also serves as Associate Editor of the A Ver: Revisioning Art History monograph series on individual Latino/a artists.

Sharon Hochhauser is an independent scholar who received her Ph.D. from Kent State University. Her research focuses on the creative intersections between popular music and visual media, the legal and musical implications of parody, and the relationship between science fiction fandom and artistic expression. Her past publications include a contribution to Metal Rules the Globe: Heavy Metal Music Around the World. A study of contemporary uses of patter songs by “Weird Al” Yankovic and The Mighty Boosh is forthcoming.

Nadine Hubbs is Professor of Women’s Studies and Music, Faculty Associate of the Department of American Culture, and Director of the Lesbian-Gay-Queer Research Initiate (LGQRI) at the University of Michigan. Her work has focused on American and British popular and classical music of the twentieth century to the present. Hubbs’s writings examine how musical sounds and practices shape and are shaped by shifting practices of gender and sexuality, class, and race. The author of two books—The Queer Composition of America’s Sound (2004) and Rednecks, Queers, and Country Music (2014)—and many essays and articles, Hubbs and her work have been featured in numerous media outlets. Her current book project is titled Country Mexicans: Sounding Mexican American Life, Love, and Belonging in Country Music.

Burton W. Peretti is a scholar and historian of 20th century politics, culture and music. He is author of several books, including The Leading Man: Hollywood and the Presidential Image (2012), Nightclub City: Politics and Amusement in Manhattan (2011), Lift Every Voice: The History of African American Music (2009).

Shana Redmond is the author of Anthem: Social Movements and the Sound of Solidarity in the African Diaspora and the forthcoming Everything Man: The Form and Function of Paul Robeson. She is an Associate Professor of Musicology and African American Studies at UCLA.

David Verbuč is Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Humanities, Charles University, Prague. He earned his PhD in ethnomusicology at the University of California Davis, in 2014. His dissertation, “’Living Publicly’: House Shows, Alternative Venues, and the Value of Place and Space for American DIY Communities” is an anthropological study of DIY (do-it-yourself) music venues, scenes, and communities in the US.

Eric Weisbard is Associate Professor of American Studies at the University of Alabama. He is author of Top 40 Democracy: The Rival Mainstreams of American Music (2014), winner of the Woodie Guthrie Award from IASPM-US.