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Jon Abbink is an anthropologist and a senior researcher at the African Studies Center at Leiden University in the Netherlands. His many publications include his recently coedited Land, Law and Politics in Africa: Mediating Conflict and Reshaping the State (2011).

William Berridge graduated from Durham University in the UK with a PhD in history and is currently teaching at Nottingham University. He is now researching civil uprisings in postcolonial Sudan, particularly the successful uprisings in 1964 and 1985.

David Bozzini is a political anthropologist. He received his PhD from the University of Neuchâtel (Switzerland) in 2011. He is currently a postdoctoral visiting fellow in the African Studies Centre in Leiden and recipient of a one-year postdoctoral fellowship from the Swiss National Science Foundation. His research is directed toward questions that emphasize the role of affects and imagination in politics, and he coedits Tsantsa: The Journal of the Swiss Ethnological Society.

Getahun Benti received his PhD in African history from Michigan State University in 2000 and started teaching at Southern Illinois University. Carbondale in the same year. He offers courses in African and world history, including a comparative slavery course. Benti's research interests include urbanization-migration studies and the relationships between migration, [End Page 151] language, and nationalism in Ethiopia. His most recent book is Addis Ababa: Migration and the Making of a Multiethnic Metropolis with the Africa World/ Red Sea Press.

Mohamed Haji Ingiriis is book review editor for the Anglo-Somali Society Journal and research officer for the charity organization, Help Somali Foundation in London, UK. He is currently specializing in the Horn of Africa and writes extensively about Somalia in particular. His current research focuses on the Somali state collapse, the notion of African nation-state in colonial and post-colonial period and the Somali political and intellectual history. He holds an MSc in Community Development from the Department of Social Sciences and Humanities at London Metropolitan University. He is now working on a second Master's degree (MA) in History at the University of London, Goldsmiths.

Edmond J. Keller is a professor of political science at the University of California. Los Angeles. He received his MA and PhD in political science with an emphasis on comparative and African politics. He is a former president of the African Studies Association and the 2008 ASA Distinguished Africanist. His publications include a monograph (1988), Revolutionary Ethiopia: From Empire to People's Republic (1988), as well as coedited works including Africa-US Relations: Strategic Encounters (2006), with Donald Rothchild. His most recent coedited publications are Trustee of the Human Community: Ralph Bunche and Decolonization in Africa (2009) with Robert Hill; and Religious Ideas and Institutions and Democratization in Africa (2012) with Ruth Iyob. Keller's main research currently is on issues of political transitions in Africa, cultural pluralism and nationalism, U.S.-Africa relations, and conflict and conflict management in Africa.

Maimire Mennasemay, PhD, is currently a scholar in residence at Dawson College in Montreal, Quebec. Canada. He has published articles in the Canadian Journal of African Studies, Africa Today, Horn of Africa, the Journal of Modern African Studies (as coauthor), Northeast African Studies, and the International Journal of Ethiopian Studies, and he has contributed chapters to edited books. [End Page 152]

Dr. Richard Reid is Reader in the History of Africa at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and his recent work has focused on the history of war and militarism in Africa, particularly in east and northeast Africa. His most recent book is Frontiers of Violence in North-East Africa: Genealogies of Conflict since 1800 (2011).

Caroline Seymour-Jorn is an associate professor of comparative literature at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee. Her articles have been published in Critique, in the Journal of Middle East Women's Studies, in the Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, in al-'Arabeyya: The Journal of the American Association of Teachers of Arabic, and in edited volumes. Her book on the 1970s generation of women writers in Egypt, entitled Cultural Criticism in Egyptian Women's Writing: Anthropological and Literary Perspectives, appeared in the 2011 Syracuse University Press Middle East Series.

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