Nicholas Amponsah is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science at Mississippi State University. He is also a Faculty Research Fellow at the Center for International Security and Strategic Studies at Mississippi State University. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Claremont Graduate University, California, in 1999. His research interests include political and economic liberalization reforms in Africa and the Third World.
Nicodemus F. Awasom received his Maitrise and Doctorat de 3è Cycle degrees from the University of Yaounde, Cameroon. He is currently a visiting Lecturer of African History at the University of Basel, Switzerland and has just been awarded the Dumbar Reddish Memorial Superlative Scholarship for the best article published in the Journal of Third World Studies in 1998 (see firstname.lastname@example.org). His research interests include minority problems and constitutional developments in postcolonial Africa.
Janet Berry Hess is Visiting Lecturer of African and Diasporic art at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She received her Ph.D. in Fine Arts from Harvard University in 1999, and has taught at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Her work has appeared in Semiotica, and in Nkiru Nzegwu's anthology, Issues in Contemporary African Art (International Society for the Study of Africa, 1998). She is currently coordinating an interdisciplinary symposium at the University of California, Santa Cruz (Performing Africa).
Rose M. Kadende-Kaiser is the Director of the Ellen Bryant Center for Women's Studies and the Women's Resource Center, and an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Mississippi State University. She has a Ph.D in Folklore and a minor in Women's Studies from Indiana University. Her research interests include gender, identity, and conflict resolution in Africa.
Ezekiel A. Walker received his Ph.D. in African History from Michigan State University. He is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Central Florida. His research interests include labor relations in the cocoa farming economy of southwestern Nigeria, and globalization and commodity production in Nigeria, and he has published in the Journal of Modern African Studies. He is currently completing a manuscript entitled, Growth, Crisis, and Transformation in the Cocoa Economy of Southwestern Nigeria, 1900-1993. [End Page 229]
Ian E.A. Yeboah is Associate Professor of Geography and Black World Studies at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. He received his Ph.D. from University of Calgary, in Canada, in 1994. His research and publications focus on economic status of urban residents and spatial structure of urban places in sub-Saharan Africa. He has extensive research experience on Ghana. [End Page 230]