Laura María Agustín's PhD is in Cultural Studies/Sociology from the Open University (UK). Her research, published in both academic and non-academic books and journals and in a forthcoming Zed Book, concerns the connections between migrations of non-European women to Europe, where they sell domestic, caring and sexual services, and the large social sector which proposes to help them. She has worked in educación popular both in Latin America and with migrants in various parts of the west, most recently receiving funding for an anti-"trafficking" project with sex workers in Ecuador. She has been an evaluator of social programming for the ILO and the European Commission. She moderates an e-mail list (in romance languages) for participants in the sex industry (workers, organised groups, supporters), has received funding to set up a website for migrant women, and remains skeptical about all projects to "help."
Andrea G. Arai is Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Pacific Lutheran University. She received her Ph.D. in anthropology from Columbia University in 2004. She is currently completing a book manuscript, Recessionary Effects: The Crisis of the Child and the Culture of Neoliberal Reform in Contemporary Japan. Her new project focuses on labor restructuring and the creation of a new underclass, money-making schemes, new hiring services and youth nationalism.
Serena Anderlini-D'Onofrio is a Professor at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez. Her book The "Weak" Subject is a comparative study of women's authorship in the modern theater. Its Italian translation has appeared for ManifestoLibri by the title of Due in una. Recently, Anderlini-D'Onofrio has guest edited two issues of The Journal of Bisexuality: Women and Bisexuality: A Global Perspective (June, 2003); and Plural Loves: Designs for Bi and Poly Living (February 2005), both of which are also available as books by Haworth Press. Her new book, Eros, A Memoir of Bisexuality and Transculturalism, will also appear in 2005 with Haworth Press. Her English translation of Luigi Anderlini's poetry collection, A Lake for the Heart, will appear with Gradiva Publications. Her next book of applied cultural theory on the politics of love and the globe's future is in preparation for an academic press. The journals where Anderlini-D'Onofrio's articles have appeared include Atenea, Carte Italiane, Diacritics, DisClosure, Feminist Issues, Italian Culture, The Journal of Dramatic Criticism and Theory, The Journal of Gender Studies, Leggere Donna, Literature, Consciousness, and the Arts, Nebula, Theater, VIA: Voices in Italian Americana, Women and Language, Women's Studies International Forum, Zengers, and Z Magazine. The edited volumes to which she has contributed include Feminine Feminists: Cultural Practices in Italy, Natalia Ginzburg: A Voice of the Twentieth Century, and Franca Rame: A Woman Onstage. She is the co-translator of In Spite of Plato, a book of feminist theory by Italian philosopher Adriana Cavarero, for Polity Press, 1995.
Joe Austin is an Associate Professor in the Department of History at UW-Milwaukee. He writes for an academic audience on the intersections of contemporary youth culture and popular culture, broadly conceived. He is no longer young himself, for which he thanks the gods, although he does occasionally sport some rockin' shoes.
Helen J. Burgess is an Assistant Professor in the Digital Technology and Culture program at Washington State University - Vancouver. She is Technical Editor for the soon-to-be Rhizomes satellite media site Hyperrhiz. Her research interests include new media and science fiction studies; she is currently working on a DVD-ROM about cultural and historical representations of the superhighway.
Donald Callen is a member of the Philosophy Department at BGSU. His research interests include contemporary French philosophy, Lacan, philosophy of literature and philosophy of film
Tina Mai Chen is an Assistant Professor of Modern Chinese History and Co-coordinator of the Interdisciplinary Research Circle on Globalization and Cosmopolitanism at the University of Manitoba. She is currently completing a manuscript entitled Electric Shadows and Everyday Internationalism: Soviet Film and the Making of Socialist Citizens in Maoist China. She is guest editor of a special issue of Cultural Critique (Fall 2004) on Globalization and Popular Culture and a special issue of positions: east asia cultures critique (Fall 2003) on Clothing and Fashion in East Asia.
David S. Churchill is an Assistant Professor of US History and the Co-Cordinator of the Interdisciplinary Research Circle on Globalization and Cosmopolitanism at the University of Manitoba. For 2004-2005 he is a Rockefeller Humanities Fellow in the Program for Gender, Sexuality, Health and Human Rights at Columbia University. His research interests are the Cold War, radical politics and the history of sexuality.
Roderick A. Ferguson is an Associate Professor of Race and Critical Theory in the Department of American Studies at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. He is the author of Aberrations in Black: Toward a Queer of Color Critique.
Jessica Nathanson teaches English and Gender Studies at Augustana College. She is currently co-editing the anthology Mother Knows Best: Talking Back to Baby "Experts".
Michael O'Rourke is a Faculty of Arts Fellow in the School of English at University College Dublin. He is the co-editor (with Katherine O'Donnell) of Love, Sex, Intimacy and Friendship Between Men, 1550-1800 (Palgrave, 2003) and Queer Masculinities: Siting Same-Sex Desire in the Early Modern World (Palgrave, forthcoming, 2005). He has also written essays on queer-straight theory, queer medieval studies and Romanticism.
Hai Ren teaches at the Department of Popular Culture at Bowling Green State University. His works have appeared in such journals as positions: east asia cultures critique, The Twenty-First Century, and Con-temporary. His essay, "The Countdown of Time and the Practice of Everyday Life," was published by Rhizomes (Issue 8, Spring 2004). After completing his first book, The Countdown of Time: Public Displays and Symbolic Economy in China and Hong Kong, he is currently writing the second book, which is tentatively entitled Everyday Life Under Neo-Liberalism: Themed Environments, Consumption, and the Middle Class.
Soek-Fang Sim is an Assistant Professor of International Studies at Macalester College, with a specialization in Global Media/East Asia. She received her PhD in Media and Communication from Goldsmiths College, University of London in 2002 and has since published several articles. In 2005, She won a Top Faculty Paper award with the International Communication Association (Political Communication Division).