Josh Kun is a professor in the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California where he also directs The Popular Music Project of The Norman Lear Center. His research focuses on the arts and politics of cultural connection, with an emphasis on popular music, the cultures of globalization, the US-Mexico border, and Jewish-American musical history. He is the author of Audiotopia: Music, Race, and America (winner of a 2006 American Book Award), co-author of And You Shall Know Us By The Trail of Our Vinyl: The Jewish Past As Told By The Records We've Loved and Lost, and co-editor of the Duke University Press book series Refiguring American Music. In spring 2012, he will co-curate the exhibition Trouble in Paradise: Music and Los Angeles 1945-1975 at The Grammy Museum, as part of The Getty's Pacific Standard Time.
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