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Michel Agier, an anthropologist, is professor at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS, Paris) and senior researcher at Institut de Recherches pour le Développement (IRD). His main interests are human globalization, exile, and urban marginalities. He is coordinating the research program “Babels—The City as a Borderland” (2016–18) supported by French Agency for Research (ANR). He published in English At the Margins of the World (Polity, 2008), Managing the Undesirables: Refugees Camps and Humanitarian Government (Polity, 2011), and Borderlands: Towards an Anthropology of Cosmopolitan Condition (Polity, 2016).

Nina Berman is a documentary photographer and an associate professor at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She is the author of Purple Hearts—Back from Iraq (Trolley, 2004), a collection of portraits and interviews with wounded veterans from the Iraq War; and Homeland (Trolley, 2008), a study of militarization in post–September 11 America. She is the 2016 Aftermath Project grant recipient for Acknowledgment of Danger, an ongoing documentation of the environmental legacy of U.S. weapons production.

Dan Edelstein is William H. Bonsall Professor of French and, by courtesy, professor of history at Stanford University. He is the author of The Terror of Natural Right: Republicanism, the Cult of Nature, and the French Revolution (Chicago, 2009), and The Enlightenment: A Genealogy (Chicago, 2010). He is currently completing a book manuscript on the history of natural rights from the wars of religion to the age of revolutions.

Maja Janmyr is a postdoctoral researcher at the faculty of law, University of Bergen, Norway. Her first book, Protecting Civilians in Refugee Camps: Unwilling and Unable States, UNHCR and International Responsibility (Martinus Nijhoff Publishers/Brill, 2014), examines United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees administration of camps and avenues for international responsibility in instances of human rights abuse. Her research interests include issues of international law, in particular socio-legal and critical approaches to international refugee and human rights law. She has recently researched legal mobilization among the Nubian minority in Egypt and is currently working on a project exploring refugee rights in the Middle East.

Bram J. Jansen is assistant professor of disaster studies at the Sociology of Development and Change group at Wageningen University (the Netherlands), where he lectures and writes on humanitarian and refugee issues. He conducted ethnographic fieldwork in East Africa and the Horn of Africa, mostly in Kenya, where he wrote a doctoral dissertation on the urbanization of protracted refugee camps, titled “The Accidental City: Violence, Economy and Humanitarianism in Kakuma Refugee [End Page 523] Camp, Kenya” (2011), and more recently in South Sudan, where he studied humanitarian governance and the negotiation of insecurity.

Are J. Knudsen is a senior researcher at the Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI) specializing in post–civil war Lebanon. His research interests include urban refugees, forced migration, and communal conflict. He has published articles and edited books on these topics including Palestinian Refugees: Space and Place in the Levant (Routledge, 2011) and Lebanon: After the Cedar Revolution (Hurst, 2012). His current works explore the convergence of the Palestinian and Syrian refugee crises in informal camps and squatters and conflict entrepreneurs in inner-city conflict.

Alexander Livingston is assistant professor of government at Cornell University. His recent book, Damn Great Empires! William James and the Politics of Pragmatism (Oxford, 2016), examines the political thought of William James through the lens of his Nachlass writings on American imperialism in the Philippines. His work has appeared in Political Theory, Contemporary Political Theory, Theory & Event, and Contemporary Pragmatism. His current research explores M.K. Gandhi’s critique of violence and the politics of nonviolence in the American radical tradition.

Kirsten McConnachie is assistant professor of law at the University of Warwick. She is a socio-legal researcher whose work studies governance, justice, and security in refugee situations. Her book Governing Refugees: Justice, Order and Legal Pluralism (Routledge, 2014) examined camp management and the administration of justice among Karen refugees on the Thai-Burma border and was awarded the 2015 Socio-Legal Studies Association early career book prize. She is currently working on a second book, examining the experiences of Chin urban refugees in India and Malaysia.

Priya Satia is associate professor of British history at...


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