Fay Yokomizo Akindes is assistant professor of communication at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. Her research problematizes culture and identity in Hawai’i and the United States, and appears in Diegesis, Qualitative Inquiry, and an anthology, Women Faculty of Color in the White College Classroom. She was born and raised on Molokai.
Timothy Brennan is Professor of English and Comparative Literature & Cultural Studies at the University of Minnesota. He is also the author of At Home in the World: Cosmopolitanism Now (Harvard UP 1997), and of Salman Rushdie and the Third World: Myths of the Nation (London: Macmillan, 1989). Professor Brennan has edited a special issues on “The Writing of Black Britain,” for The Literary Review (Fall 1990), and “Narratives of Colonial Resistance,” for Modern Fiction Studies, 35, 1 (Spring 1989). He also introduced, co-translated, and edited Music in Cuba by Alejo Carpentier. (forthcoming, U of Minnesota Press, 2001). Prof. Brennan has published essays in the New Left Review, South Atlanta Quarterly, Public Culture, Critical Inquiry, Cultural Critique, Social Text, American Literary History, He has contributed essays to numerous volumes on Postcolonialism, multiculturalism, Rap Music, numerous international conferences in India, Germany, and has participated in PBS national debates on multiculturalism on campus.
María Elena Cepeda is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her research and publications to date have focused primarily on the popular culture, literature, and language politics of U.S. Latinas/os and Latin Americans. Based in Miami, she is currently working on a dissertation about Colombian popular music and Miami’s transnational Colombian community.
Jorge Duany is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Puerto Rico in Río Piedras. For six years, he was also Director of the Revista de Ciencias Sociales at Río Piedras. He was recently appointed a Senior Fellow in Latino Studies at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. and a Visiting Scholar at the Population Studies Center of the University of Pennsylvania. His main research interests are Caribbean migration, Latinos in the United States, ethnic and national identity, and popular culture. He has published extensively [End Page 170] on these topics in Puerto Rico, the United States, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Europe. He is the coauthor of Cubans in Puerto Rico: Ethnic Economy and Cultural Identity (1997) and El Barrio Gandul: economía subterránea y migración indocumentada en Puerto Rico (1995). He is also the author of Quisqueya on the Hudson: The Transnational Identity of Dominicans in Washington Heights (1994). He edited Los dominicanos en Puerto Rico: migración en la semi-periferia (1990) and coedited La vejez: conceptos básicos y aplicaciones prácticas (1991). His next book is entitled Nation on the Move: Representations of Puerto Rican Identity on the Island and in the United States.
Joseba Gabilondo is currently Associate Professor of Spanish at the University of Florida. His book, On the Formation of Global Desire: New Hollywood, Spectacle Hegemony, and the Commodification of Otherness, is forthcoming from Duke University Press. He has written extensively on subjects as varied as the Hollywood cyborg film, postnationalism and the shifting construction of Basque identity, and the circulation of Spanish cultural products, such as film stars and films, within the context of globalization.
David E. Johnson is assistant professor of humanities in the Center for the Americas at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He is the co-editor (with Scott Michaelsen) of Border Theory: The Limits of Cultural Politics (Minnesota, 1997) and the journal CR: The New Centennial Review: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Americas. In addition to having published several essays on hemispheric Americas studies he is finishing a co-authored manuscript on anthropological discourse and working on a book-length project devoted to the 1968 student movement in Mexico and the 1994 Zapatista uprising in Chiapas.
Jo Labanyi is Director of the Institute of Romance Studies, in the School of Advanced Study, University of London, and Professor of Modern Spanish Literature and Cultural Studies at Birkbeck College, University of London. Her principal research interests are 19th and 20th century Spanish literature, Spanish film, gender studies, popular...