Jamie L. Carson is assistant professor of political science at the University of Georgia. He received his Ph.D. from Michigan State University in 2003. He is primarily interested in the study of the U.S. Congress, congressional elections, political parties, and American political development. His research has appeared in the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, Political Analysis, Public Choice, American Politics Research, Congress and the Presidency, and State Politics and Policy Quarterly.
Matthias Gross is a sociologist at Universität Bielefeld and a member of the Institute for Science and Technology Studies (IWT). He teaches environmental sociology and is conducting research on robust ecological implementation strategies for real-world experiments. His research interests also include science and technology studies, the sociology of surprises, classical social theory, and the history of geography, sociology, and ecology. He has published several articles on the history of environmental thought in the social sciences and is the author of Die Natur der Gesellschaft: Eine Geschichte der Umweltsoziologie [The Nature of Society: A History of Environmental Sociology] (2001) and Inventing Nature: Ecological Restoration by Public Experiments (2003).
Jeffery A. Jenkins is assistant professor of political science and faculty fellow in the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1999. His primary research interests are in the legislative organization and institutional development of the U.S. Congress. He is at work on two book manuscripts, one on congressional decision making during the Civil War and another on the relationship between House Speakership elections and party-building activities in the nineteenth century. His research has appeared in the American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, Legislative Studies Quarterly, Public Choice, and Studies in American Political Development. [End Page 691]
Larry Sawers is professor and chair of the Department of Economics at American University in Washington, DC. His principal research field is economic development. His recent publications include The Other Argentina: The Interior and National Development (1996) and several articles on Argentina in the Journal of Latin American Studies, Latin American Research Review, and the Journal of Developing Areas. His 1992 article in Economic History Review examines the economics of the Navigation Acts. His 2003 article in the Eastern Economic Journal examines the choice of draft animals in the Civil War era.
Eric Schickler is professor of government at Harvard University. He received his Ph.D. from Yale University in 1997. His first book, Disjointed Pluralism: Institutional Innovation and the Development of the U.S. Congress (2001), was published by Princeton University Press. His second book, Partisan Hearts and Minds: Political Parties and the Social Identities of Voters (2002; coauthored with Donald Green and Bradley Palmquist), was published by Yale University Press. He is the author also of several journal articles on congressional history and organization.
Lewis H. Siegelbaum is a professor of history and chairperson of the Department of History at Michigan State University. He is the author of Stakhanovism and the Politics of Productivity in the USSR: 1935-1941 (1988) and Soviet State and Society between Revolutions, 1918-1929 (1992) and coauthor of Workers of the Donbass Speak: Survival and Identity in the New Ukraine, 1989-1992 (1994) and Stalinism as a Way of Life: A Documentary Narrative (2000). His interest in workers in the post-Soviet era was sparked by an oral history project among coal miners in the Donets Basin of Ukraine.
Pieter Spierenburg is a professor of history at Erasmus University, Rotterdam, the Netherlands. He has published extensively on issues of criminal justice and in sociocultural history. His present interest is in the long-term development of interpersonal violence and its sociocultural context. A micro-history, Written in Blood: Fatal Attraction in Enlightenment Amsterdam, was published in 2004 by Ohio State University Press. [End Page 692]