Liane Brouillette is an Associate Professor of Education at the University of California, Irvine and Co-Director of the UCI Center for Learning in the Arts, Sciences, and Sustainability. She teaches the history/social studies component of the UCI Master of Arts in Teaching program and acted as Principal Investigator for the $250,000 Mapping the Beat (2006-09) grant from the National Geographic Education Foundation.
Maureen Burns has a doctorate in Education from the Joint Leadership Program at the University of California Irvine and Los Angeles with a dissertation concentrating on the development of artistic creativity through service learning. Presently working on a consulting basis through IMAGinED, Burns uses her experience building teaching resources to support digital research and scholarship. A native of southern California with a surfing spouse, she has an affinity for surf culture and spends lots of time at the beach.
Barbara Cohen is Founding Director of HumaniTech® at the University of California, Irvine and serves on the board of Open Humanities Press, an open access publisher for the humanities. She is the co-editor of two books, Material Events and Provocations to Reading. Although she has lived in California for the past 30 years, her access to surfing and surf music in her formative years in New York City was limited to Gidget movies and the Beach Boys.
Julie Cohen is a Ph.D in U.S. history and teaches at Cal State Los Angeles and USC. Her research interests include California history, gender, youth cultures and the United States in the world. Her current research examines working-class youth in southern California during the 1920s and 30s. She grew up on the beaches of southern California and remains deeply invested in issues pertaining to the environment and public access to the Pacific coastline.
Timothy J. Cooley is an Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he teaches courses on Polish and North American vernacular and popular musics. Cooley’s current research considers how surfers musically express their ideas about surfing and the surfing community, and how surfing as a sport and lifestyle is represented in popular culture. He grew up surfing off the east and gulf coasts before moving to California in 1998.
Stephanie Michelle Streja holds a Bachelor’s degree in Voice & Opera and Music Education from Northwestern University and an MFA in Conducting from UC Irvine. She is a contributing author of lessons in music and the arts for Mapping the Beat. Her most recent collaborative professional journal article was published in the June 2010 edition of the Ohio Social Studies Review. Though Stephanie feels most at home conducting an ensemble on stage, she also finds both unequalled peace and serenity on her surfboard and exhilaration from riding the perfect wave back to shore.