Kwame Anthony Appiah is Laurance S. Rockefeller University Professor of Philosophy at Princeton and has also taught at Harvard, Yale, Cornell, and Duke Universities. Among his books are Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers, The Ethics of Identity, In My Father's House: Africa in the Philosophy of Culture, and, with Amy Gutmann, Color Conscious: The Political Morality of Race.
Lori Baker received the Bobst Award in Arts and Letters for Crazy Water: Six Fictions. She is also the author of Scraps and teaches creative writing at Brown University.
Inga Clendinnen's books include Dancing With Strangers, which received the Kiriyama Prize for nonfiction; Reading the Holocaust, which was on the New York Times "best books of the year" list in 1999; and True Stories, originally delivered as Boyer Lectures for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. She is also the author of Aztecs: An Interpretation and Tiger's Eye: A Memoir. She taught history for more than twenty years at La Trobe University.
Daniel Cottom is the author of Cannibals and Philosophers, Why Education Is Useless, Abyss of Reason, The Civilized Imagination, Text and Culture, Social Figures, and Ravishing Tradition. He holds the David A. Burr Chair of Letters at the University of Oklahoma.
Lorraine Daston, director of the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin and honorary professor at Humboldt University, received the Pfizer Prize for her book Classical Probability in the Enlightenment. She is also coauthor of Talking with Animals and Wonders and the Order of Nature, 1150–1750 and has edited or coedited Biographies of Scientific Objects, Things that Talk, The Moral Authority of Nature, and the early modern volume in the Cambridge History of Science.
Natalie Zemon Davis's books include The Return of Martin Guerre, Fiction in the Archives, Society and Culture in Early Modern France, Women on the Margins, Slaves on Screen, The Gift in Sixteenth-Century France, and, most recently, Trickster Travels: A Sixteenth-Century Muslim between Worlds. A fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a recipient of the Toynbee Prize in social science, she is Henry Charles Lea Professor Emerita of History at Princeton University and, currently, adjunct professor of history, anthropology, medieval studies, and comparative literature at the University of Toronto.
Erica Johnson Debeljak, an American writer, contributes regularly to newspapers and journals in Slovenia, where she now lives. She is the author of Tujka v hiši domačinov (Foreigner in the House of Natives) and recently translated Barren Harvest: Selected Poems by Dane Zajc.
Caryl Emerson is the A. Watson Armour III University Professor of Slavic Languages and Literature at Princeton. She is coauthor of Mikhail Bakhtin: Creation of a Prosaics and has also written extensively on Pushkin, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, the Russian critical tradition, and Russian music. [End Page 188]
Mikhail Epstein, the Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Cultural Theory and Russian Literature at Emory University, is the author of fifteen books, including After the Future, Transcultural Experiments, and Cries in the New Wilderness: From the Files of the Moscow Institute of Atheism. He is a recipient of the Andrei Belyi Prize of St. Petersburg and received the International Essay Prize of Weimar for "Chronocide," which appeared in the Spring 2003 issue of Common Knowledge.
Clifford Geertz's books—which include The Interpretation of Cultures, Local Knowledge, Works and Lives, After the Fact, Available Light, Islam Observed, Negara, The Religion of Java, and Meaning and Order in Moroccan Society—have received the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Fukuoka Asian Cultural Prize, and awards from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Sociological Association, the Association for Asian Studies, and the Royal Anthropological Institute. He is Harold F. Linder Professor of Social Science Emeritus at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. Clifford Geertz by His Colleagues, edited by Richard Shweder and Byron Good, was published recently.
Daniel Juan Gil, assistant professor of English at the University of Oregon, is the author of Before Intimacy: The Social Structure of Passion from Wyatt to Shakespeare...