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Gregory Scruggs holds a B.A. in Literature from Harvard University, where his thesis on cultural aspects — including audio culture, namely funk carioca — of Rio’s favelas won the Kenneth Maxwell Thesis Prize in Brazilian Studies. He also has a certificate in urban planning and design from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and was a 2011 Fulbright Brazil study/research grant recipient, focusing on urban planning and development. He A&Red “Pancadão do Morro: O Funk do Flamin Hotz, Já É?” (Flamin Hotz Records, 2008) and authored the blog Beat Diaspora from 2006-2009.

Alexandra Lippman is a PhD candidate in anthropology at the University of California Irvine, who works at the intersection of media, sound studies, legal anthropology, and Latin American studies. Funded in part by the National Science Foundation, she spent 13 months conducting fieldwork in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She is writing her dissertation, Piracy, Peer-acy, and Payola: Music, Technology, and Remaking Intellectual Property in Brazil, which explores how globalizing alternative intellectual property practices impact creativity, media access, and music.

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