Nancy S. Love is Professor of Government and Justice Studies at Appalachian State University. Love’s research focuses on music and politics across the political spectrum.  Her books include Musical Democracy (SUNY Press, 2006) and Marx, Nietzsche, and Modernity (Columbia University Press, 1986; reissued 1996).  She is co-editor with Mark Mattern of Doing Democracy:  Activist Art and Cultural Politics (under review at SUNY Press).  She recently contributed a chapter, “Ani DiFranco:  Making Feminist Waves” to Political Rock, eds. Mark Pedelty and Kristine Weglarz (Ashgate, forthcoming). 

Anna Papaeti writes about opera, and the intersections of trauma, witnessing, politics, and music. She earned a PhD in historical musicology at King’s College London in 2007. She has worked at the Royal Opera House, London, and as Associate Dramaturg at Greek National Opera. In 2010 she researched postwar antifascism and cultural mourning in the works of Hanns Eisler under a DAAD post-doctoral fellowship (Universität der Künste, Berlin). Currently she is a Marie Curie Intra-European Fellow with the Research Group “Music, Conflict and the State” at the University of Göttingen. Her project investigates music as a means of manipulation and terror under the Greek military Junta.

Jessica A. Schwartz will receive her Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology from New York University in 2012. In Fall 2012, she will begin a two-year Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in Music at Columbia University. Assisted by an Andrew W. Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship, her dissertation “Resonances of the Atomic Age: Hearing the Nuclear Legacy in the United States and the Marshall Islands, 1945-2010,” focuses on the sonic evidence of the US nuclear weapons testing program in the Marshall Islands that occurred between 1946 and 1958 and offers both a sonic history of the early American atomic age and an ethnomusicological study of Marshallese music. She is preparing a book manuscript, tentatively entitled Composing “Free Association” Diaspora: Marshallese Music and the Geopolitics of Transnational Nuclear Decolonization, which delves into issues of postcolonial musical expression, gendered mobilities, and nuclear decolonization in the contemporary Marshallese diaspora. She has forthcoming publications in Women and Music, The World of Music, New Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments, and the edited volume, Music of War. Moreover, she has presented at numerous national and international conferences such as the Society for Ethnomusicology, the American Musicological Society, and the Crossroads International Cultural Studies Conference. She maintains an active secondary research interest in punk music that has resulted in a forthcoming encyclopedia entry on Green Day and also a forthcoming revised entry on punk rock from a global perspective that was commissioned by Grove Music Online. She is also the recipient of the AMS 50 Dissertation Completion Fellowship.

Mário Vieira de Carvalho is Professor for Sociology of Music and Chairman of CESEM—Research Centre for Aesthetics and Sociology of Music at Universidade Nova de Lisboa. He has published several books and many articles on the history and sociology of opera, contemporary music (Lopes-Graça, Luigi Nono), critical theory and music (especially Adorno), music and literature, and music and politics. He is now preparing a new book on music and literature.