- List of Contributors
Maya Beasley is an assistant professor in the department of sociology at the University of Connecticut and serves on the board of advisors for the Institute for African American Studies. She earned her B.A. in sociology from Harvard University, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from Stanford University. Her first book, Opting Out: Why America Is Losing out on Its Young Black Elite, will be published in the fall of 2011. With colleagues from the University of Chicago, Dr. Beasley is conducting related research on the impact of stereotype threat on minority attrition from science, technology, engineering, and math fields. She has also started her next book on the susceptibility of Muslim communities around the globe to radicalization.
Sharit K. Bhowmik is professor of labor studies and dean of the School of Management and Labour Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India. He is a sociologist who has done extensive research of plantation labor and labor in urban informal employment for nearly three decades. He is currently engaged in a re-study of his earlier work on class formation in the plantation system, and is also studying street vendors in ten Indian cities. He is the author of two books on plantation labor and has edited a volume on street vendors published by Routledge.
Matthew Birkhold is a doctoral candidate in sociology at Binghamton University (SUNY). Utilizing a version of world-systems analysis, his dissertation examines the relationship of black labor and black resistance to the rise and demise of U.S. hegemony over the world-system. He is also the guest editor of a forthcoming special issue of Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture, and Society on the legacy of James Boggs's book, The American Revolution: Pages from a Negro Worker's Notebook (1963).
Susan Roth Breitzer holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of Iowa. She is currently revising her dissertation, "Jewish Labor's Second City: The Formation of a Jewish Working Class in Chicago, 1886-1928," for publication. She has previously published essays in History Compass and the Indiana Magazine of History, and presented papers on an earlier version of this paper at the 2010 American Historical Association meeting as part of a panel co-sponsored by the Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. Her scholarly interests include American Jewish labor history, African American labor history, immigration history, and Southern labor history. She has taught U.S. and World History at Fayetteville State University, where she has also served on the College of Arts and Sciences Black History Committee. She currently serves on the board of directors of the National Coalition of Independent Scholars. [End Page 331]
Aviva Chomsky is professor of history and coordinator of Latin American Studies at Salem State University in Massachusetts. Her books include A History of the Cuban Revolution (2010), Linked Labor Histories: New England, Colombia, and the Making of a Global Working Class (2008), and They Take Our Jobs! And 20 Other Myths about Immigration (2007). She has been active in Latin America solidarity and immigrants rights issues for more than thirty years.
Alessandra Corrado holds a doctorate in sociology and is a researcher at the department of sociology and political science, University of Calabria (Italy). She has published books and articles on Sub-Saharan migrations, informal economies, and peasant seed networks, as well as carried out field research in Mali, France, and Italy. Her current research interests are in migrations in southern Europe, migrant labor in agro-food systems, alternative agro-food networks, and rural development. She is member of the Study Center for Rural Development at the University of Calabria, and of the Scientific Committee of the Territorial Sociology Section—Italian Sociological Association (AIS).
Bill Fletcher, Jr. is a racial justice, labor, and international activist and writer. He is an editorial board member at Black Commentator.com, senior scholar with the Institute for Policy Studies, immediate past president of TransAfrica Forum, and co-author of Solidarity Divided: The Crisis in Organized Labor and New Plan toward Social Justice (2008). Fletcher has been an activist since his high school years. Upon graduation from...