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  • Contributors

Limin Bai, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

Limin Bai is senior lecturer at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. She was educated in both China and Australia. Her research interests focus on Chinese intellectual history between the 17th and 19th centuries, Chinese education, and Chinese attitudes toward childhood. She has published numerous articles in prestigious journals, such as Late Imperial China and China Quarterly. Her recent publications include two books: Shaping the Ideal Child: Children and Their Primers in Late Imperial China (The Chinese University Press of Hong Kong, 2005); and Meeting the Challenges: Chinese Students' Experience in New Zealand (Shanghai: East China Normal University Press, forthcoming 2008).

Sarada Balagopalan, Center for the Study of Developing Societies, New Delhi

Sarada Balagoplan is a Visiting Associate Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), New Delhi. She has done extensive research, training and advisory work on issues of elementary education in India, with a special focus on the experiences of first-generation school-goers. Her work is an attempt to critically theorize the category of childhood by relating it to discourses of modernity, late capitalism and current transnational efforts to secure "rights" for marginal children. She has been deeply involved in translating these research interests into pedagogic and curricular interventions and currently she serves as the Chief Advisor to the National Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT's) middle-school "Social and Political Life" textbooks. She also co-edits Contemporary Education Dialogue, a peer reviewed inter-disciplinary journal on education in South Asia.

Raffaella Cribiore, Columbia University

Raffaella Cribiore is currently Curator of the Papyrus Collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Columbia University and an adjunct professor in the Department of Classics. She has written three books on ancient education. In Writing, Teachers and Students in Graeco-Roman Egypt, she collected school exercises and texts found there. Her second book, Gymnastics of the Mind: Greek [End Page 313] Education in Hellenistic and Roman Egypt (Princeton 2001), won the prestigious Goodwin Award of the American Philological Association in 2004. Her last book, The School of Libanius in Late Antique Antioch (Princeton 2007), focuses on higher education and specifically rhetoric. She also coauthored with R. Bagnall the book Women's Letters in Ancient Egypt: 300 BC-AD 800 (Ann Arbor 2006) which concerns letter writing by women and their education in that period.

Lorenzo Guarcello, Understanding Children's Work

Lorenzo Guarcello is a researcher for "Understanding Children's Work" (UCW) an inter-agency research initiative on child labor involving the International Labor Organization, UNICEF and the World Bank. He received a B.A. in Statistics from the University of Palermo, Faculty of Economics (1999), and a Master in Economia Istituzioni e Sviluppo del Mezzogiorno from the University of Salerno (2000). In addition to his position as a researcher, he has also taught in the Master in Development Economics and International Cooperation (MESCI, University of Rome) and in the capacity building trainings organized by UCW. He has served as a consultant for UNICEF and the World Bank on matters relating to child labor. His research interests include labor economics, household economics and development economics.

Scott Lyon, Understanding Children's Work

Scott Lyon is a researcher for "Understanding Children's Work" (UCW) an inter-agency research initiative on child labor involving the International Labor Organization, UNICEF and the World Bank. He has been an external advisor and project officer for UNICEF in the Middle East and North Africa region, and has served as an economic policy analyst for the Ontario Ministry of Treasury and Economics (Canada). His research interests include child labor, children's rights and development economics.

Nicholas Orme, University of Exeter, Great Britain

Nicholas Orme is emeritus professor of history at the University of Exeter, Great Britain. He has specialized in the religious, social, and cultural history of England during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, and is the author of nearly twenty books including Medieval Children (Yale University Press, 2001) and Medieval Schools (Yale University Press, 2006).

Jason Owens, South Dakota State University

Jason Owens is an assistant professor of German at South Dakota State University, where his interests involve te...


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