Henry F. (Chip) Carey, assistant professor of political science at Georgia State University, has published essays on East European politics, international human rights, and democratization. Most recently, he has edited the forthcoming Romania since 1989: Politics, Economics and Culture (Lanham, MD: Lexington/Rowman and Littlefield, 2003); National Reconciliation in Eastern Europe (New York; East European Mono-graphs/Columbia University Press, 2003); co-edited NGOs and Peace Processes (London: Frank Cass, 2003); and guest-edited a special journal issue of the Journal of Human Rights on "NGOs and the Rule of Law" (2003).
James D. Clark obtained a Ph.D. in modern Middle Eastern history from the University of Texas at Austin in 1999. Between 1992 and 2000 he worked in Tajikistan and Macedonia several times as a cultural consultant for the University of Nebraska, where he has also taught courses on the history of Islam and World Civilization. Since 2000, he has been serving as the Overseas Director in Tehran for the American Institute of Iranian Studies. He is presently completing a history of the Iranian province of Azerbaijan during the second half of the nineteenth century and a translation from Persian of The Travelogue of Ebrahim Beg by Zayn ol-Abedin Maraghe'i.
Juan Cole is professor of Middle Eastern and South Asian History at the University of Michigan and editor (1999-2004) of The International Journal of Middle East Studies. His books include Sacred Space and Holy War (London: I.B. Tauris, 2002); Modernity and the Millennium (New York: Columbia University Press, 1998); and Colonialism and Revolution in the Middle East (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1993).
Linda T. Darling is associate professor of history at the University of Arizona, where she teaches Middle Eastern history and historiography. She is author of Revenue-Raising Legitimacy: Tax Collection and Finance Administration in the Ottoman Empire, 1560-1660 (Leiden: Brill, 1996) and is currently working on a book tentatively titled "Justice and Power in the Middle East."
Runa Das is a doctoral candidate and graduate instructor in the Department of Political Science at Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff. Her dissertation examines international security politics/policies with a focus on South Asia. Her recent publications include: "Broadening The Security Paradigm: A Note on the Tension Between the Realist and Anti-Proliferation Lobbies in India," The Indian Journal of Political Science 62, no.2 (June 2001): 253-263; and "The Construction of Rogue States: Indo-U.S Nuclear Relations in the Late 1990s," Administration, Communication and Society 3, Issue 5 (January-December 1999): 61-92. Her expected graduation date is August 2004.
Mehran Kamrava is Associate Professor and Chair of the Political Science Department at California State University, Northridge. He is the author of a number of books, including Democracy in the Balance: Culture and Society in the Middle East and Politics and Society in the Developing World, 2nd ed. His latest book on the Middle East, The Modern Middle East: Change and Continuity, will be published later this year.
Fatemeh Keshavarz is associate professor of Persian and Comparative Literature at Washington University in St. Louis. She holds a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies at London University. She is a published poet in her native language (Persian) and the author of three books and many journal articles. Her latest book: Reading Mystical Lyric: the Case of Jalal al-Din Rumi (Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 1998) analyzes the poetic contribution of the medieval Persian poet and mystic Rumi. Kesharvaz also teaches, and carries out research, in areas related to gender and politics in Islam. Her forthcoming article "Making of a Heroine: Nizami's Shirin as Lover and Educator" explores the ideal of womanhood in Persian literature.
Rochona Majumdar is a joint doctoral candidate in the Departments of History and South Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago.
Patricia K. McCormick is an assistant professor in the Department of Radio, TV and Film at...