Shahna Arps is a doctoral student in anthropology at The Ohio State University. Her main research interests include maternal and child health and fertility and reproductive ecology. In 2004, she was awarded a Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research Inc., Individual Research Grant to fund fieldwork in Honduras.
John A. Booth (PhD University of Texas at Austin, 1975) is Regents Professor of Political Science at the University of North Texas, specializing in comparative politics, political violence, democratization, and public opinion. He is author of The End and the Beginning: The Nicaraguan Revolution, (Westview Press, 1982) Costa Rica: Quest for Democracy (Westview Press, 1998), co-author (with Thomas W. Walker) of Understanding Central America (Westview Press), and co-editor of Political Participation in Latin America (Vols. I and II), Elections and Democracy in Central America, (Holmes and Meier) and Elections and Democracy in Central America Revisited (University of North Carolina Press). He is an Associate Editor of International Studies Quarterly and on the editorial boards of Latin American Politics and Society and Political Research Quarterly.
David Carey Jr. is an Assistant Professor of History and Women's Studies at the University of Southern Maine. His publications include Our Elders Teach Us: Maya-Kaqchikel Historical Perspectives. Xkib'ij kan qate' qatata' (University of Alabama Press, 2001), Ojer taq tzijob'äl kichin ri Kaqchikela' Winaqi' (A History of the Kaqchikel People) (Q'anilsa Ediciones, 2004), and Engendering Mayan History: Mayan Women as Agents and Conduits of the Past, 1870-1970 (Routledge Press, forthcoming).
Jack Child is Professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies at American University, Washington, D.C. He began working with the stamps of Latin America while growing up in Argentina, and now uses digitized versions of them to illustrate his lectures, teaching, and writings on Latin America, including the book Antarctica and South American Geopolitics: Frozen Lebensraum (Praeger, 1988). He has visited the South American Quadrant of Antarctica and the Falklands/Malvinas Islands eleven times as a lecturer and guide on board tourist cruise ships.
Eileen Diaz McConnell is Assistant Professor of Sociology and Latina/Latino Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research focuses on the experience of Hispanic immigrants in the United States, particularly the Midwest. Her work has been published in outlets including Population Research and Policy Review and Cityscape: A Journal of Policy Development and Research.
Tim H. Gindling is Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. His published research has examined of [End Page 282] the relationship between economic development, labor markets, poverty and income inequality in Latin America and East Asia. His current research includes a study of the causes of changing income inequality in Central America.
Jonathan Hiskey is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Riverside. His primary interests concern the intersection of political, economic, and human development processes taking place around the world, with a focus on how the local political environment affects development. He has published articles on local development issues in journals such as Comparative Politics, Latin American Politics and Society and Studies in Comparative International Development, and he is currently a contributing editor for the Handbook of Latin American Studies.
Joel Horowitz is Professor of history at St. Bonaventure University. He has published extensively on the political and social history of Argentina in the years between 1916 and 1946. His 1990 work Argentine Unions, the State and the Rise of Perón, 1903-1945 (Berkeley: Institute for International Studies, University of California, Berkeley, 1990) is currently being published in translation by the press of the Universidad de Tres de Febrero, Argentina.
Janise Hurtig (Center for Research on Women and Gender, University of Illinois at Chicago) does ethnographic and participatory research on gender, literacy, schooling, the state and social change in Venezuela and in Chicago's Latino communities. She is coeditor of Gender's Place: Feminist Anthropologies of Latin America (Palgrave 2002). Her book Coming of Age in Times of Crisis: Youth, Schooling and Patriarchy in a Venezuelan Town is forthcoming (Palgrave).