Festival of Books 2012

The Politics of Popular Music: About the Panelists

Inna rzumanovaInna Arzumanova is a Ph.D. candidate in communication and an Annenberg Fellow in the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Arzumanova’s work focuses on racial performativity, mimicry, global mobility and masquerade in pop culture’s transnational dialogues. She has published reviews in the International Journal of Communication as well as American Quarterly and in 2012, has several forthcoming essays on dance, reality makeover shows, and online feminist authorship.

Alice EcholsAlice Echols is a historian whose work has focused on the popular music and social movements of the “long sixties.”  Her books include Hot Stuff: Disco and the Remaking of American Culture, Scars of Sweet Paradise: The Life and Times of Janis JoplinDaring to Be Bad: Radical Feminism in America, 1967-75, and Shaky Ground: The Sixties and Its Aftershocks.  She is the Barbra Streisand Professor in Contemporary Gender Studies and professor of English at USC.

Josh KunJosh Kun is a writer, curator, and faculty member in the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism and the USC Dornsife College’s Department of American Studies and Ethnicity, where he also directs the popular music project at The Norman Lear Center. His work focuses on the music and politics of cultural connection, and he is the author of 2005’s Audiotopia: Music, Race, and America, winner of a 2006 American Book Award, and co-author (with Roger Bennett) of 2008’s And You Shall Know Us By The Trail Of Our Vinyl: The Jewish Past As Told Through The Records We Have Loved and Lost. He is currently a music critic for The American Prospect and Boom: A Journal of California. He is the editor of 2011’s The Song Is Not The Same: Jews and American Popular Music (Purdue UP) and co-editor of 2011’s Sound Clash: Listening to American Studies (John Hopkins UP) and 2012’s Tijuana Dreaming: Art and Life at the Global Border (Duke UP).

Shana RedmondShana L. Redmond is an assistant professor in USC Dornsife College’s Department of American Studies and Ethnicity American Studies. Her scholarly and teaching interests include the formation and political cultures of the African diaspora, Black popular culture (especially music), comparative ethnic studies, labor and working class studies, and African American history. She has received awards and fellowships from the Social Science Research Council, The Woodrow Wilson Foundation, University of Notre Dame, American Studies Association, Association of Black Women Historians, Emory University, and USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. Her publications appear in The Western Journal of Black Studies, The Journal of Popular Culture, African and Black Diaspora, and Journal of Popular Music Studies. She is currently completing her manuscript, “Anthem: Movement Cultures and the Sound of Solidarity in the African Diaspora.”

Karen Tongson is the author of Relocations: Queer Suburban Imaginaries (NYU Press, 2011), co-editor-in-chief of the Journal of Popular Music Studies, and co-editor for Postmillennial Pop, a book series at NYU Press. An Associate Professor of English and Gender Studies at USC, Tongson is currently at work on two projects: a short book about karaoke, and a longer monograph about performers in the Pacific Rim/Desert West “leisure circuit.”