Heather T. Battles is a lecturer in biological anthropology at the University of Auckland. Her ongoing projects use historical data to examine social, geographic, and demographic patterns in infectious disease mortality, particularly in the context of epidemiological transition. She is currently initiating a comparative research project on polio mortality in New Zealand.
Arjun S. Bedi is Professor of Development Economics at the International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands. His research focuses on labor and human resource economics in developing countries. His work has been published in several international economics and development studies journals including Journal of Law and Economics, Journal of Development Economics, Economic Development and Cultural Change, Journal of Development Studies, Applied Economics, Labour Economics, Economics of Transition, Economics of Education Review, and World Development.
Kathryn Edgerton-Tarpley is associate professor of history at San Diego State University. Her research focuses on disasters in late imperial and modern China. Since publishing her first book, Tears from Iron: Cultural Responses to Famine in Nineteenth-Century China (2008), she has published articles on the Yellow River flood of 1938–47 and related Henan Famine of 1942–44. Her new book project traces change over time by comparing state and popular responses to three major famines that struck North China in the late-Qing, Nationalist, and Maoist periods.
Pedro Goulart is an assistant professor at ISCSP, Universidade de Lisboa and a researcher at CAPP research center, where he is also Deputy Director. His research interests focus in human capital and labor issues with a particular emphasis on child labor, school success, and public policies. He has published in peer-reviewed journals such as Economics of Education Review and European Urban and Regional Studies and several (edited) books and book chapters. He has recently earned a grant to further study child labor in Portugal and its colonies.
David J. Hutson is an assistant professor of sociology at Penn State University—Abington. His research encompasses the topics of health, embodiment, gender, and inequality. Recent publications include an investigation into how personal trainers and clients build up and exchange "bodily capital" in the US fitness industry, and a study about how gender influences appearance and identity within gay and lesbian communities. His current research involves exploring pregnant and recently pregnant women's experiences of putting on and taking off pregnancy weight within the context of the obesity "epidemic."
James R. Irwin is professor of economics at Central Michigan University. His research on the economics of slavery and emancipation has appeared in Agricultural History and Explorations in Economic History. His current research, joint with Catherine McDevitt, draws on probate and deed records to explore welfare and economic [End Page 361] growth in relation to gender, literacy, and slavery in the two centuries before the Civil War.
Catherine L. McDevitt is associate professor of economics at Central Michigan University. Her publications appear in journals ranging from the Journal of Monetary Economics to Feminist Economics, reflecting her teaching and research interests in macroeconomics, monetary theory, and the economics of gender. McDevitt's current research focuses on gender issues and real estate markets in the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century United States.
Jørgen Møller has a PhD from the European University Institute in Florence, Italy (2007) and is currently professor at the Department of Political Science, Aarhus University, Denmark. His research interests include conceptualization of democracy, post-communist political change, patterns of democratization and democratic stability, patterns of state formation, the origins of representative institutions, and comparative methodology.
Anirban Mukherjee is assistant professor at the Department of Economics, University of Calcutta. Before joining the department he taught at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur. He received his PhD from the Department of Economics, University of British Columbia (currently known as Vancouver School of Economics). His research focuses on the interactions between communities and formal institutions and their impact on the process of economic development.
Jan Teorell is professor of political science at the Department of Political Science, Lund University, Sweden. He is the author of Determinants of Democratization (Cambridge University Press, 2010) and has published in journals such as American Political...