Adekeye Adebajo is Executive Director of the Centre for Conflict Resolution at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Between 2001 and 2003, he was Director of the Africa Program at the International Peace Academy in New York and Adjunct Professor at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. He served on U.N. missions in South Africa, Western Sahara, and Iraq, and is the author of Building Peace in West Africa: Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea-Bissau; Liberia's Civil War: Nigeria, ECOMOG, and Regional Security in West Africa; and coeditor (with Chandra Sriram) of Managing Armed Conflicts in the Twenty-First Century.
Paul Kerstens is an independent researcher. His research topics are African literatures, especially Rwandan, and the colonial heritage in contemporary European societies. He studied Germanic languages at the University of Antwerp and African languages and cultures at Ghent University. He was the consultant for the M.P. of Agalev (the Flemish green party) on the Lumumba Commission, and he is preparing a doctorate at the University of Bayreuth, in Germany.
Wa'Njogu J. Kiarie is a senior lecturer of Kiswahili language and literature and African Studies at Yale University. He received his Ph.D. in language education from the Ohio State University. His research interests include language policy, language and human rights, and foreign language pedagogy.
J. Oloka-Onyango is an associate professor on the faculty of law at Makerere University. He has published widely on the topics of constitutionalism, international law and globalization.
Anita Pandey is an associate professor of Applied Linguistics at Morgan State University. Born in Zambia shortly after the nation gained independence, she witnessed firsthand the sociolinguistic dilemmas that Zambians then faced. When she turned nine, her family moved to Nigeria, where she earned a B.A. (Hons.) in linguistics from Ahmadu Bello University. She taught at the College of Education, Azare, also in Nigeria, before starting graduate studies in linguistics in the United States. She obtained a Master's in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and a second M.A. and a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Fluent in Yoruba and Nigerian Pidgin, she has published in Using Technology in K-8 Literacy Classrooms, RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Testing and Research in Southeast Asia, [End Page 155] The Three Circles of English (edited by Edwin Thumboo), World Englishes, Studies in the Linguistic Sciences, The Southern Journal of Linguistics, Links and Letters, and Sankofa: An International Journal of African Children's and Young Adult Literature. She was invited by Basil Blackwood to guest-edit the millennium (special) issue of the international journal World Englishes. She has two forthcoming entries in the Encyclopedia of Linguistics (Routledge) and a book forthcoming with Information Age Publishing.
Aili Mari Tripp is associate professor of Political Science & Women's Studies and Associate Dean of International Studies at the University of Wisconisin-Madison. She is author of Women and Politics in Uganda (2000), and winner of the American Political Science Association Victoria Schuck Award and a Choice Award. She has also written Change the Rules: The Politics of Liberalization and the Urban Informal Economy in Tanzania (1997), edited Women in Africa (Women's Issues Worldwide Series), and coedited What Went Right in Tanzania? People's Responses to Directed Development (1996), and The Women's Movement in Uganda: History, Challenges and Prospects (2002). She has also published articles and book chapters on women and politics in Africa, women's responses to economic reform, and the political impact of transformations of associational life in Africa.
Annelies Verdoolaege is a Ph.D. researcher at Ghent University, Belgium. She received an M.A. in Germanic Languages and an M.A. in African Languages and Cultures at Ghent University, Belgium, and an M.A. in African Studies at SUNY Albany, New York. Her research interests include third-world politics, contemporary South African society, and critical discourse analysis. She has published journal articles on the linguistic and media aspects of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission. [End Page 156]