Staffan Albinsson is expected to receive his Ph.D. in Economic History from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, in May 2013. He received his BA at the Lund University in 1976. Staffan studied simultaneously at the Music Conservatory in Malmö. He received his master’s degree in Lund in 2010, after having spent the previous three decades working in music management. In the late 1970s he started the Norrland Opera Symphony Orchestra. After a few years as manager of the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra he served for more than twenty years as county music director and production manager with the Music in Western Sweden Foundation in Gothenburg. Before returning to academia he served as a Head of Classical Music at the new Vara Concert Hall. The article included in this issue of Music & Politics is part of Staffan’s Ph.D. compilation thesis entitled, “Nothing New Under the Sun: Essays on the Economic History of Intellectual Property Rights in Music”.

Terry Klefstad is Associate Professor of Music and Associate Director of Graduate Studies in Music at Belmont University. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin and taught at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas before coming to Belmont. Her research interests include the American reception of Dmitry Shostakovich, music of the early and mid twentieth century, and piano music.  She recently contributed a chapter to Contemplating Shostakovich (Ashgate, 2012) entitled “A Soviet Opera in America.” She is currently working on an oral history of Nashville musician Dr. William Pursell. In her spare time, she is an avid science fiction fan and enjoys hiking.

Lauren Ninoshvili is ACLS New Faculty Fellow in the Department of Music at New York University, where she teaches classes on music and language, the anthropology of “world” music, and the cultural politics of sound circulation. She received her Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from Columbia University in 2010, earning a mark of distinction on her dissertation Singing Between the Words: The Poetics of Georgian Polyphony. Prior to NYU, she taught music at Barnard College and the Georgian language at Columbia’s Harriman Institute. Her primary research interests concern the intersections of music and language in traditional and contemporary Georgian vocal polyphony. She has published in the Journal of Linguistic Anthropology, Yearbook for Traditional Music, Popular Music and Society, Ulbandus, and Current Musicology.

Luis Velasco Pufleau (Ph.D. Paris-Sorbonne University) is Postdoctoral Fellow at Centre des Recherches sur les Arts et le Langage (CRAL) of the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS, Paris). His research focuses on aesthetics, political and ideological issues of 20th-Century and Contemporary music. He is an editing board member of the peer-reviewed electronic journal Transposition. Musique et sciences sociales, editing its 4th issue on Music and Armed conflicts after 1945 (Winter 2014).