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Milo J Aukerman is a biochemist at DuPont, where he special-
izes in crop genetics research focused on the genus Arabidopsis. He is
also the lead singer for the Descendents, in which he specializes in songs
about cofee, love and rejection. Dr. Aukerman has appeared on dozens
of records since the early 1980s and co-authored numerous articles in
scientifc journals. He is the only contributor to Punkademics who has a
limited edition, collectible bobblehead toy designed in his likeness.

Maria Elena Buszek, Ph D is a scholar, critic, curator, and Associ-
ate Professor of Art History at the University of Colorado Denver, where
she teaches courses on Modern and contemporary art. Her recent pub-
lications include the books Pin-Up Grrrls: Feminism, Sexuality, Popular
Culture and Extra/ordinary: Craft and Contemporary Art; contributions to
the anthologies It’s Time for Action (Tere’s No Option): About Feminism;
Blaze: Discourse on Art, Women, and Feminism; and Contemporary Artists;
catalogue essays for numerous national and international exhibitions;
and articles and criticism in such journals as Art in America, Photography
Quarterly, and TDR: Te Journal of Performance Studies. She has also been
a regular contributor to the popular feminist zine BUST since 1999. Dr.
Buszek’s frst concert was Huey Lewis and Te News. Her second was the
Descendents. From 1988-1994 she worked at record stores in Omaha,
Nebraska, as well as at Omaha’s much-loved, sadly-departed pirate radio
station, KRCK.

Zack Furness saw his frst punk show – Split Lip and Planet Earth –
in the cafeteria of an Indianapolis high school when he was 14. In addition
to moshing for the frst time, seeing a fstfght between two skinhead girls,
and having someone in a band actually talk to him outside the show (un-
thinkable with his then musical heroes of Metallica and Danzig), he also
received a high speed tutorial on SHARP vs. Nazi skins, something called

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‘straight edge,’ and a group of folks called ‘vegans’ who were described to
him (by someone only slightly less young and naïve) as “people who don’t
drink milk or eat cheese.” Zack didn’t know what that meant, but he knew
that Split Lip was pissed of. And the music was amazing. Since that time,
he played in various punk bands over a 14-year span, got a PhD, and
now works as Assistant Professor of Cultural Studies at Columbia College
Chicago. He is the author of One Less Car: Bicycling and the Politics of Au-
tomobility (Temple University Press, 2010), the co-editor of a forthcoming
collection of critical/cultural essays on the NFL (Temple University Press),
and a member of the Bad Subjects Production Team. His writing has also
appeared in several books, journals, and magazines such as Punk Planet and
Bitch. Most importantly, he is a teacher.

Alastair ‘Gords’ Gordon likes all things DiY punk rock and
always knew he was out of step with the world. He became a ‘punka-
demic’ via an early, total rejection of formal schooling and its traditional
teaching methods. His ‘extracurricular’ education germinated through
listening to Discharge, Crass, and anarcho-punk records, peer discussion
and a love of reading anarchist theory from an early age. Tis interest was
eventually channelled into playing in stupidly insignifcant punk rock
bands in the mid-80s. Eventually, the limitations of the musical world
and a government ‘push’ to get countercultural malingerers of unem-
ployment beneft statistics led to a (free) University education. Gords
currently vents anger at the world singing, touring and recording with
the band Geriatric Unit, and playing bass in Endless Grinning Skulls. To
date he has played on more than a few punk records: you win no prize
if you fnd them all. Gords’ passion as a ‘punkademic’ is informed by a
healthy desire to seed dissent towards all forms of neoliberal capitalism.
His scholarly passion is for ethnography and critical theory and he is
currently working up a sweat writing his ‘Dr. Punk’ thesis for publica-
tion. He is currently a Senior Lecturer in Media and Communication
and member of the Media Discourse Group at De Montfort University,

Ross Haenfler is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the Uni-
versity of Mississippi. He is the author of Straight Edge: Clean Living
Youth, Hardcore Punk, and Social Change and Goths, Gamers, and Grrrls:
Deviance and Youth Subcultures, and co-author of Te Better World Hand-
book: Small Changes Tat Make a Big Diference, an action-oriented
guide to creating a more just and sustainable world. He appeared in the
documentary Edge: Perspectives on a Drug Free Culture and the National

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Geographic channel’s Inside Straight Edge. An award-winning teacher,
Ross’ courses include social movements, youth subcultures, men and
masculinities, and political sociology. Pictures from his youth reveal too
many Metallica t-shirts, a series of mullets, and a bleach splattered denim
jacket with an Iron Maiden “Killers” back patch. Ross lives in Oxford,
MS with his partner, Jennifer, and daughter, River.

Curry Malott is Assistant Professor of Professional and Secondary
Education at West Chester University. An unabashed Marxist, Curry is
interested in advancing theoretical and practical applications of critical
pedagogy just about everywhere. He is the author and editor of numer-
ous books, including Critical Pedagogy in the 21st Century: A New Gen-
eration of Scholars (IAP, forthcoming), co-edited with Bradley Porflio;
Policy and Research in Education: A Critical Pedagogy for Educational
Leadership (2010, Peter Lang); Teaching Native America Across the Curric-
ulum: A Critical Inquiry (2009, Peter Lang) with Chairwoman Lisa Wau-
kau and Lauren Waukau-Villagomez; A Call to Action: An Introduction to
Education, Philosophy, and Native North America (2008, Peter Lang); and
Punk Rockers’ Revolution: A Pedagogy of Race, Class, and Gender (2004,
Peter Lang) with Milagros Peña. Curry is the main organizer of the 2011
Critical Teories In the Twenty First Century conference at West Chester
University of Pennsylvania (http://Ct21st.org).

Dylan AT Miner was raised in rural Michigan and spends his time
traversing the contested and colonial borders of North America. An art-
ist, activist, and historian, his writing has appeared in numerous journals,
books, edited volumes, and encyclopedias. A middle-aged hardcore kid,
Dylan is not ashamed that the frst two zines he published were named
Skagboy and Fukboy, respectively. Although now a long hair, he still
has a large tattoo of the word REGRET on his head thanks to the life-
changing Unbroken album. Still freegan, straight edge, and anarchist, he
teaches at Michigan State University.

Ryan Moore is Associate Professor of Sociology at Florida Atlantic
University and the author of Sells Like Teen Spirit: Music, Youth Cul-
ture, and Social Crisis (NYU Press, 2010). He has also written for Te
Chronicle of Higher Education, including the essay “Is Punk the New
Jazz?” Before securing his current position, he was as a vagabond instruc-
tor in academia’s reserve labor army, teaching thousands of undergradu-
ates at UC San Diego, the University of Kansas, and Colgate University.
As a graduate student he was involved with the successful campaign to

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unionize academic student employees at the University of California,
and he currently serves as Second Vice President of the FAU chapter of
the United Faculty of Florida.

Tavia Nyong’o teaches performance studies, critical race studies, and
queer studies at New York University. He is working on a book about the
intersections of punk and queer in the 1970s.

Mimi Thi Nguyen is Assistant Professor of Gender and Women’s
Studies and Asian American Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-
Champaign. Her frst book, called Te Gift of Freedom: War, Debt, and
Other Refugee Passages, focuses on the promise of “giving” freedom con-
current and contingent with waging war and its afterlife (Duke Univer-
sity Press, 2012). She is also co-editor with Fiona I.B. Ngo and Mariam
Lam of a special issue of positions: east asia cultures critique on Southeast
Asians in diaspora (2012), and co-editor with Tuy Linh Nguyen Tu of
Alien Encounters: Pop Culture in Asian America (Duke University Press,
2007). She further publishes on queer subcultures, punk feminisms, and
the politics of beauty. Nguyen has also published zines since 1991, in-
cluding the compilation zine ...Race Riot. She is a former Punk Planet
columnist and a Maximumrocknroll shitworker, and co-author of the re-
search blog on dress and beauty threadbared.

Alan O’Connor was one of the founders of Who’s Emma, a volun-
teer-run punk space in Toronto in the 1990s. He is currently Director
of the PhD Program in Cultural Studies at Trent University, in Canada.
His new book is on the underground music and theatre scenes in a small
Ontario city.

Waleed Rashidi’s frst album purchase was in the frst grade: a fve-
dollar LP titled “Chipmunk Punk.” A Los Angeles-area native, he is an
adjunct Communications instructor at California State University Ful-
lerton and Citrus College. He has interviewed several hundred music
artists as a freelance journalist for a variety of regional and national pub-
lications. Rashidi has also performed in numerous rock, jazz and punk
bands over the past couple of decades, racking up endless interstate miles
via DIY van tours, playing in dozens of states. And he still spins his
“Chipmunk Punk” LP on rare occasions.

Helen L Reddington was an accidental musician, being co-opted
to play bass in Brighton’s notorious Joby and the Hooligans in 1977

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before leaving to form Te Chefs, who recorded three sessions for BBC’s
Radio One (two for John Peel) and later, Helen and the Horns, a four-
piece featuring Helen on Vocals/Guitar and sax, trumpet and trombone,
both under the pseudonym Helen McCookerybook. An accidental ca-
reer as an academic followed, with a lecturing post on the University of
Westminster’s pioneering Commercial Music course; this is where she
completed her doctorate, which developed into her book Te Lost Women
of Rock Music: Female Musicians of the Punk Era (revised/reprinted in pa-
perback by Equinox, October 2011). Compilation, Te Best of the Chefs,
appeared in November 2011 on the label Damaged Goods.

Stevphen Shukaitis is Lecturer at the University of Essex, author
of Imaginal Machines: Autonomy & Self-Organization in the Revolutions of
Everyday Life (Autonomedia, 2009), and co-editor (with David Graeber
and Erika Biddle) of Constituent Imagination: Militant Investigation/Col-
lective Teorization (AK Press, 2007).

Michael Siciliano is both a good-for-nothing punk and a bit of an
academic. From 2001-2007 he was an active member at the coopera-
tively run DIY show space called the Mr. Roboto Project in Pittsburgh,
PA. He has played in punk and hardcore bands for over a decade, most
recently playing bass in the Chicago band, Birth. He completed an MA
in the Social Sciences in 2010 at the University of Chicago and is cur-
rently a PhD student in Sociology at UCLA.

Rubén Ortiz-Torres was born in Mexico City in 1964. Edu-
cated within the utopian models of republican Spanish anarchism, he
soon confronted the tragedies and cultural clashes of the post-colonial
third world. After giving up the dream of playing baseball in the major
leagues he decided to study art. He went frst to the oldest and one of the
most academic art schools of the Americas (the Academy of San Carlos
in Mexico City) and later to one of the newest and more experimental
(CalArts in Valencia, CA). After enduring Mexico City’s earthquake and
pollution he moved to LA with a Fulbright grant, only to survive riots,
fres, foods, more earthquakes, and Proposition 187. During all this he
has been able to produce artwork in the form of paintings, photographs,
objects, installations, videos and flms. He is part of the permanent Fac-
ulty of the University of California in San Diego and his work is featured
in the collections of Te Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Los
Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte
Reina Sofía, in Madrid Spain, and others.

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Estrella Torrez’s work centers on language politics and migrant
farm worker education. Having worked in the felds, Estrella attended
migrant summer programs as a child and has worked as a migrant educa-
tor, including research for the Ofce of Migrant Education. Tis Mid-
west Xicana has taken an active role in multiple Latina/o and American
Indian organizations, ranging from working within grassroots organi-
zations to establishing graduate mentorship programs at the university
level. She has a BS in Elementary Education from Western Michigan
and an MA in Early Childhood Multicultural Education and Bilingual
Education from New Mexico, and she recently completed her doctoral
dissertation in Educational Tought and Sociocultural Studies with a
concentration in Bilingual Education, also from New Mexico. Presently,
Estrella is an Assistant Professor at Michigan State University’s Residen-
tial College in the Arts and Humanities, as well as core faculty in the
Chicano/Latino Studies Program, the Center for Gender in Global Con-
text and the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies.

Daniel S Traber is Associate Professor of American Literature and
Popular Culture at Texas A&M University at Galveston. He is the author
of Whiteness, Otherness, and the Individualism Paradox from Huck to Punk
(Palgrave Macmillan, 2007) and currently fnishing a manuscript on cul-
turcide and non-identity that will include his article on punk preppies
published in Te Journal of Popular Culture.

Brian Tucker is a working on his PhD in Political Science at Univer-
sity of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Minor Compositions

Other titles in the series:

Precarious Rhapsody – Franco “Bifo” Berardi
Imaginal Machines – Stevphen Shukaitis
New Lines of Alliance, New Spaces of Liberty – Felix Guattari and
Antonio Negri

Te Occupation Cookbook
User’s Guide to Demanding the Impossible – Laboratory of Insur-
rectionary Imagination
Spectacular Capitalism – Richard Gilman-Opalsky
Markets Not Capitalism – Ed. Gary Chartier & Charles W. Johnson
Revolutions in Reverse – David Graeber
Undressing the Academy – University for Strategic Optimism
Communization & its Discontents – Ed. Benjamin Noys
19 & 20 – Colectivo Situaciones
El Martillo – Eclectic Electric Collective
Occupy everything! Refections on ‘why its kicking of everywhere’ – Ed.
Alessio Lunghi and Seth Wheeler


A Very Careful Strike – Precarias a la Deriva
Open Utopia – Tomas More & Stephen Duncombe
Art, Production and Social Movement – Ed. Gavin Grindon
Hypothesis 891 – Colectivo Situaciones
Artpolitik: Social Anarchist Aesthetics in an Age of Fragmentation –
Neala Schleuning
Winds from Below & Other Interventions – Team Colors
Communists Must Write! – John Hutnyk

As well as a multitude to come…

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