Julia Adams is professor of sociology and in international and area studies at Yale University. She is author of The Familial State: Ruling Families and Merchant Capitalism in Early Modern Europe (2005) and editor, with Elisabeth S. Clemens and Ann Shola Orloff, of Remaking Modernity: Politics, History, and Sociology (2005). One of her current projects is a book on agency in America.
John J. Binder is associate professor of finance at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His published research is in finance, regulatory economics, economic history, banking, and political science as well as on the history of organized crime in Chicago.
Jim Carl is associate professor of social foundations of education at Cleveland State University, where he also chairs the Department of Curriculum and Foundations. His research and teaching interests are the history and politics of urban education since World War II and the nineteenth-century origins of mass schooling in North America and Europe. His publications include "Free Marketeers, Policy Wonks, and Yankee Democracy: School Vouchers in New Hampshire, 1973-1976" (Harvard Educational Review, Winter 2008) and "Industrialization and Public Education: Social Cohesion and Social Stratification" (International Handbook of Comparative Education, 2008). Currently he is studying Louisiana tuition grants in the 1960s as part of a history of school vouchers in four states tentatively titled Freedom of Choice: Voucher Movements in American Education, 1954-2002.
Argun Saatcioglu is assistant professor of educational leadership and policy studies and (by courtesy) sociology at the University of Kansas. His research focuses on the sociology and politics of education and the sociology of organizations. His research on multilevel effects of desegregation on urban dropout rates has appeared in Teachers College Record, and his work on the state-level determinants of educational expansion (in collaboration with John L. [End Page 131] Rury) is forthcoming in Historical Methods. He is also completing projects on the historical and regional patterns of "suburban advantage" in educational stratification (with Rury) and on the relationship of nonschool problems to school-value-added effects in urban districts.
Raf Vanderstraeten is University Professor and professor of sociology at Ghent University. His work in social theory and historical sociology has appeared in a number of books and in such journals as the British Journal of Sociology, the Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour, the Journal of Classical Sociology, the Journal of Philosophy of Education, Sociology, Soziale Welt, the Zeitschrift für Pädagogik, and the Zeitschrift für Soziologie. [End Page 132]