Ovamir Anjum is finishing his dissertation in Islamic political and legal thought at the Department of History, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Fred Dallmayr is Packey J. Dee Professor in the departments of philosophy and political science at the University of Notre Dame. Among his recent publications are Peace Talks —Who Will Listen? (2004); Small Wonder: Global Power and its Discontents (2005); and In Search of the Good Life: A Pedagogy for Troubled Times (2007).
James Dunkerley is director, Institute for the Study of the Americas, and Professor of Politics, Queen Mary, both at the University of London. Among his publications are Power in the Isthmus: A Political History of Modern Central America (Verso, 1987); Americana: The Americas in the World, around 1850 (Verso, 2000); and Bolivia: Revolution and the Power of History in the Present (Institute for the Study of the Americas, 2007).
Heinz Ickstadt is professor emeritus of American literature at the Kennedy Institute for North American Studies, Free University Berlin. He is the author of Faces of Fiction: Essays on American Literature and Culture from the Jacksonian Age to Postmodernity (Universitätsverlag Winter, 2001), and he has edited and coedited several books on American literature and culture. He was president of the European Association of American Studies from 1996 to 2000.
Ananya Jahanara Kabir is senior lecturer at the School of English, University of Leeds. Her research focuses on the relationship between political conflict and cultural belonging in contemporary South Asia. Her book, Territory of Desire: Representing the Valley of Kashmir, is forthcoming from University of Minnesota Press, and she is currently working on a new monograph on visual art arising from the Partition of India.
Gholam Khiabany teaches at the Department of Applied Social Sciences, London Metropolitan University. His research interests center on media and social change and the relationship between communication, development, and democracy with particular reference to Iran.
Kwee Hui Kian is an assistant professor at the University of Toronto. She has done extensive research on the discourse of Chinese identity in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Singapore-Malaya and the political economy of early modern Java and The Indonesian archipelago. Her publications include The Political Economy of Java's Northeast Coast, c. 1740-1800: Elite Synergy (Brill, 2006).
Dina Matar is a lecturer in Arab media at the Centre for Media and Film Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. She has worked as a foreign correspondent and editor covering the Middle East, Europe, and Africa. Dina's areas of interest are specifically the Middle East, with a focus on media, politics, society, and culture. She is currently working on a book-length project on what it means to be a Palestinian.
Ali Mirsepassi is a professor of Middle Eastern studies and sociology at New York University. He is the author of Islam and Democracy (Syracuse University Press, forthcoming), Intellectual Discourse and the Politics of Modernization: Negotiating Modernity in Iran (Cambridge University Press, 2000), and coeditor of Localizing Knowledge in a Globalizing World: Recasting the Area Studies Debate (Syracuse University Press, 2003). He is currently a Carnegie Scholar working on "Western Influence on Political Islam."
Ziba Mir-Hosseini is a senior research associate at the London Middle Eastern Institute, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. She is the coauthor, with Richard Tapper, of Islam and Democracy in Iran: Eshkevari and the Quest for Reform (I. B. Tauris, 2006). She has also directed (with Kim Longinotto) two award-winning documentary films on contemporary issues in Iran: Divorce Iranian Style (1998) and Runaway (2001). [End Page 695]
Nalini Natarajan is a professor of English at the University of Puerto Rico, San Juan, where she specializes in women's studies, postcolonial theory, world English literatures, Indo-Caribbean literature, and nineteenth-century fiction. She is the editor of Handbook of Twentieth-Century Literatures of India (Greenwood, 1996) and the author of Woman and Indian Modernity (University Press of the South, 2002).
Ndi Humphrey Ngala is head of the Disaster Risk Research Unit at the National Institute of Cartography in Yaoundé, Cameroon, and part-time lecturer of human geography at the University of Yaoundé. His research interests include nongovernmental organizations and...