Laura Desfor Edles (Ph.D., UCLA, 1990) is Professor of Sociology at California State University, Northridge. She is the author of Symbol and Ritual in the New Spain (Cambridge University Press, 1998), Cultural Sociology in Practice (Blackwell Publishers, 2002), and various articles on social theory and culture.
Scott Appelrouth (PhD, New York University, 2000) is Professor at California Statenbsp;University, Northridge. His interests include sociological theory, cultural sociology, andnbsp;social movements. He has taught classical and contemporary theory at both the graduatenbsp;and undergraduate levels, and has published several articles in research- and teaching-orientednbsp;journals on social movements, theory, and the controversies over jazz during the 1920s and rap during the 1980s. His current research focuses on political discourse innbsp;American party platforms.