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  • About the Contributors

Annette Cox focuses on the southern textile industry and has published in the Journal of Southern History, Business History Review, and the North Carolina Historical Review. She has presented papers on textile history at international conferences in Montreal, Paris, Scotland, Japan, and Portugal.

Alex E. Chávez is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Notre Dame. Centered around Mexico, the U.S.– Mexico Borderlands, and Latinas/os in the United States, his research explores the innermost workings of transnational migration, embodiment, and everyday life as manifest in political economies of performance with particular emphasis on music and language. His ethnographic study of huapango arribeño is the first of its kind and forms the basis of his book manuscript, ¡Huapango!: Mexican Music, Bordered Lives, and the Sounds of Crossing. He is presently lead consultant on a Smithsonian Folkways recording of huapango arribeño to be included in the world- renowned Tradiciones series.

Marcus Desmond Harmon received his PhD in musicology from UCLA in 2011. His dissertation, “Harris/Cash: Identity, Loss, and Mourning at the Borders of Country Music,” explores melancholy and regional/national identity in country music. He has taught courses in LGBT Studies at UCLA, and he currently teaches courses in popular music at Chapman University.

Ron Liberti (cover artist) studied fine arts and film at Montclair State University in Montclair, New Jersey, and printmaking at Brighton Polytechnic in Brighton, U.K. Liberti moved to Chapel Hill, North Carolina, in 1991, where he participated in the local music scene as a musician, head of a record label, and a poster artist, working chiefly with screen printing. His poster art and audio recordings of the Chapel Hill music scene are archived in UNC’s Southern Folklife Collection, Wilson Library.

Lenard D. Moore, a North Carolina native, is Founder of the Carolina African American Writers’ Collective. He is the recipient of several awards, including the North Carolina Award in Literature (2014). He is author of A Temple Looming (WordTech Editions, 2008), and other books. He teaches at the University of Mount Olive.

Christopher Reali earned a PhD in Musicology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His dissertation, “Making Music in Muscle Shoals,” combines musical analyses, new interviews, and archival materials to explain how and why the music recorded in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, became integral to the sound and culture of 1960s and ’70s America. He teaches at several universities in the Raleigh- Durham, NC area.

Cathryn Stout is a former journalist who received her Master’s degree in Southern Studies from the University of Mississippi and is a doctoral candidate in American Studies at Saint Louis University.

Michael Urban is emeritus professor of politics at the University of California, Santa Cruz. His published works include Russia Gets the Blues: Music, Culture and Community in Unsettled Times (Cornell University Press, 2004) and Cultures of Power in Post- Communist Russia: An Analysis of Elite Political Discourse (Cambridge University Press, 2010). His article has been excerpted from New Orleans Rhythm and Blues After Katrina: Music, Magic and Myth, which is forthcoming from Palgrave Macmillan.

Maarten Zwiers studied History and American Studies at the University of Groningen and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Southern Studies at the University of Mississippi. He is currently assistant professor in History at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands, where he teaches Political and U.S. History, with a specific emphasis on regional identity. In 2015, his book Senator James Eastland: Mississippi’s Jim Crow Democrat came out with Louisiana State University Press. [End Page 125]



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