Alison Furlong is a lecturer at OSU's Columbus and Marion campuses, teaching courses on world music and the social history of rock music. She holds a Ph.D. in music (Advisors: Danielle Fosler-Lussier and Ryan T. Skinner; Dissertation Title: "Resistance Rooms: Sound and Sociability in the East German Church") from the Ohio State University, along with Graduate Interdisciplinary Specializations in Film Studies and Folklore. Her dissertation research into sound and music in East German churches was funded in part through a grant from the German Academic Exchange Servive (DAAD). She has presented her work at meetings of the American Folklore Society (AFS), American Musicological Society (AMS), Society for Ethnomusicology (SEM), and German Studies Association (GSA), and currently serves as an at-large member of the AMS's Cold War Music Study Group. An article, "Politics, Faith, and the East German Blues," is forthcoming in a special issue of Colloquia Germanica.