John Boye Ejobowah did his Ph.D. in Political Theory at the University of Toronto where he currently teaches African Politics. His main research interest is in late 20th century theory, constitutionalism and conflict reduction within states.
Michael C. Gonzales is a junior Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State. He holds a Masters Degree in international development from American University. In addition to his own publications, he served as a research assistant to Dr. Peter Lewis on Africa: Dilemmas of Development and Change (Westview Press, 1998) and Naomi Chazan et al. Politics and Society in Contemporary Africa (Third Edition) (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 1999). His research interests include U.S.-African trade relations, education policy, and human capital development.
Jacqueline Klopp has a B.A. from Harvard University, where she was awarded a Michael Rockefeller Memorial Travel Fellowship which first took her to Kenya in 1988–1990. She conducted fieldwork in 1994 in rural Kenya with the assistance of a Canadian International Development Agency Award for Canadians and further made two trips to Kenya in 1997- 98 under the auspices of a McGill Major Fellowship. Currently a Ph.D candidate in the Political Science Department at McGill University, she is completing her doctoral thesis on land, patronage and violence in Kenya's political liberalization process.
François Ngolet is Assistant Professor of History at the College of Staten Island of the City University of New York. His articles have appeared in the Journal of African History and the Revue Francaise d'Histoire d'Outre-Mer.
Phil Okeke is an Assistant Professor in the Women's Studies Program at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada. She received her Ph.D. at Dalhousie University in 1994. Dr. Okeke has published articles in books and journals on gender and development in Africa, black women in diaspora, Africa in the globalization age. She is in the final stages of completing her manuscript on Nigerian female wage earners titled "Negotiating life spaces: Ethnography of career Igbo women in south eastern Nigeria." Along with a number of African female scholars and Africanists, Dr. Okeke has been involved in rebuilding research networks with scholars based in Africa. She served as the chairperson of the Women's Caucus, African Studies Association, for the 1997/1998 term. [End Page 165]
James J. Zaffiro is Professor of Political Science at Central College in Pella, Iowa. His major research interests and publications include African mass media and politics, southern African foreign policy-making, AIDS policy-making, and women's political empowerment. His countries of specialization include Botswana, Zimbabwe, and South Africa. [End Page 166]