Michael E. Allison is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Political Science at Florida State University. In 1997, he received a Fulbright fellowship to study the development of the political party system in postwar El Salvador. Currently he is completing his dissertation on the transitions of former insurgent groups to political parties in Latin America.
Robert R. Barr is an assistant professor of political science at the University of Mary Washington. He received the Ph.D. from the University of Texas, Austin. His published articles focus on populism and decentralization in Latin America, and his current research concerns the sources and implications of contemporary political dissent.
Merike H. Blofield is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at Grand Valley State University. Her research interests include gender and social policy, religion and politics, and Latin America and Western Europe. Her book on abortion and divorce in Chile, Argentina, and Spain is forthcoming.
Damarys Canache is an associate professor of political science at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Her research focuses on public opinion, mass political behavior, and democratization in Latin America. She is the author of Venezuela: Public Opinion and Protest in a Fragile Democracy (2002) and coeditor (with Michael R. Kulisheck) of Reinventing Legitimacy: Democracy and Political Change in Venezuela (1998). Her articles have appeared in journals including the British Journal of Political Science, Political Research Quarterly, and Public Opinion Quarterly.
Elisabeth Jay Friedman is an assistant professor of politics at the University of San Francisco. Her research interests include Latin American women’s movements, cyberpolitics, and civil society’s role in democratization. She is the author of Unfinished Transitions: Women and the Gendered Development of Democracy in Venezuela, 1936–1996 (2000); Sovereignty, Democracy, and Global Civil Society: State-Society Relations at U.N. World Conferences (with Kathryn Hochstetler and Ann Clark, 2005); and articles on women’s organizing and civil society at national, regional, and transnational levels. [End Page iii]
Liesl Haas is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at California State University, Long Beach. Her research interests include comparative political institutions, women and politics, and religion and politics. Her most recent project is a book manuscript on feminist policymaking in Chile.
Nazih Richani is an associate professor and coordinator of the Latin American Studies program and the Institute of Foreign Service and Diplomacy at Kean University. He has written two books: Dilemmas of Democracy and Political Parties in Sectarian Societies: The Case of the Progressive Socialist Party in Lebanon (1998) and Systems of Violence: The Political Economy of War and Peace in Colombia (2002). He is currently working on a manuscript titled “The Political Economy of Organized Violence in Post-Conflict Situations.”
David Stoll is a professor of anthropology at Middlebury College. His books include Is Latin America Turning Protestant? The Politics of Evangelical Growth (1990), Between Two Armies in the Ixil Towns of Guatemala (1993), and Rigoberta Menchú and the Story of All Poor Guatemalans (1999). In his recent research he has been looking at the moral economy of Latin American studies. [End Page iv]