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Carl Boggs is the author of twenty books in the fields of critical social and political theory, European politics, American politics, U.S. foreign and military policy, social movements, and film studies. He is currently professor of social sciences at National University in Los Angeles. After receiving his PhD in political science from U.C., Berkeley, he has taught at Washington University in St. Louis, Carleton University in Ottawa, UCLA, USC, and Antioch University, Los Angeles. Previous books include Drugs, Power, and Politics: Narco Wars, Big Pharma, and the Assault on Democracy (Paradigm, 2015); Ecology and Revolution (MacMillan, 2013), Empire versus Democracy (Routledge, 2012); Phantom Democracy: Corporate Interests and Political Power (Macmillan, 2011); The Crimes of Empire (Pluto, 2010); The Hollywood War Machine, with Tom Pollard (Paradigm, 2007); Imperial Delusions (Rowman and Littlefield, 2006); The End of Politics: Corporate Power and Decline of the Public Sphere (Guilford, 2000); The Socialist Tradition: from Crisis to Decline (Routledge, 1996); Social Movements and Political Power (Temple University Press, 1986), and The Two Marxisms: Antonio Gramsci and the Dilemmas of Western Marxism (South End Press, 1984). Read more >>
Grace Chang is completing a book, Trafficking by Any Other Name: Transnational Feminist, Immigrant and Sex Worker Rights Responses, (The New Press, forthcoming). She is the author of Disposable Domestics: Immigrant Women Workers in the Global Economy (South End Press, 2000 and Haymarket Books, 2016, second edition). She also co-edited the anthology Immigrant Women Workers in the Neoliberal Age, (University of Illinois Press, 2013) with Nilda Flores-Gonzalez, Anna Guevarra, and Maura Toro-Morn and the anthology Mothering: Ideology, Experience and Agency (Routledge, 1994) with Evelyn Nakano Glenn and Linda Forcey. Her articles include: “Inevitable Intersections: Care, Work and Citizenship,” in Disabling Domesticity (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016), “Where’s the Violence? The Promise and Perils of Women of Color Studies,” in Presumed Incompetent (Utah, 2012) and “Reconceptualizing Approaches to Human Trafficking,” coauthored with Kathleen Kim, in the Stanford Journal of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (2007). She is founding director of Women Of color Revolutionary Dialogues (WORD), a collective of women, queer and trans people of color building community through spoken word, political theater, music, dance and film. Read more >>
Eve Darian-Smith is a professor and Chair of the Global Studies Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and adjunct professor at Australian National University School of Regulation, Justice, and Diplomacy. She received her PhD in Anthropology from the University of Chicago (1995). Her areas of specialization include human rights, global governance, international law, legal pluralism, post-colonialism, indigenous law and politics, ethnographic approaches, and social and legal theory. Recent publications include New Indian Wars: Indigenous Sovereignty in Global Perspective (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming), and Laws and Societies in Global Contexts: Contemporary Approaches (Cambridge University Press, 2013), which was the winner of the 2015 International Book Award [Law] and the winner of the 2015 Kevin Boyle Book Prize. Read more >>
Barbara Epstein received her doctorate in U.S. History in 1973. As a student at left-leaning schools in New York City (the City and Country School and the Elisabeth Irwin High School), as an undergraduate (at Harvard/Radcliffe), and as a graduate student (at the University of California, Berkeley) her education took place not only within the classroom but outside it, as a participant in the movements of the time and, in graduate school and beyond, as a member of the editorial collective of the journal then called Socialist Revolution (later, Socialist Review). Read more >>
George Katsiaficas has been active in social movements since 1969 when he participated in the anti-Vietnam War movement. A target of the FBI's COINTELPRO program, he was honored to be classified "Priority 1 ADEX" meaning in the event of a national emergency, people like him were to be immediately arrested. For eleven years, he worked in Ocean Beach, California in a radical countercultural community that fought against war, police brutality, and rape as they built up a network of alternative institutions (free school, food store, bookstore/cultural center, and others). After living in Berlin for one-and-a-half years, and learning first-hand about the autonomous movement there, he wrote about that movement (The Subversion of Politics: European Autonomous Social Movements and the Decolonization of Everyday Life). For years, Mr. Katsiaficas has been active for the cause of Palestinian rights. A graduate of MIT and UCSD, he wrote his dissertation about the global movement of 1968 (published as The Imagination of the New Left: A Global Analysis of 1968). Read more >>
Doug Kellner is an academic who works at the intersection of "third generation" critical theory in the tradition of the Frankfurt Institute for Social Research, or Frankfurt School and in cultural studies in the tradition of the Birmingham Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies, also known as the "Birmingham School". He has argued that these two conflicting philosophies are in fact compatible. He is currently the George Kneller Chair in the Philosophy of Education in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. Kellner was an early theorist of the field of critical media literacy and has been a leading theorist of media culture generally. In his recent work, he has increasingly argued that media culture has become dominated by the forms of spectacle and mega-spectacle. He also has contributed important studies of alter-globalization processes, and has always been concerned with counter-hegemonic movements and alternative cultural expressions in the name of a more radically democratic society. More recently, he is known for his work exploring the politically oppositional potentials of new media and attempted to delineate what they term "multiple technoliteracies" as a movement away from the present attempt to standardize a corporatist form of computer literacy. Read more >>
Lauren Langman received his PhD in Human Development from the University of Chicago. Although he had planned a career in psychology, as a result of participation in civil rights and anti war movements, his interest shifted to sociology as a way of understanding how social conflict was based on group membership and interests rather than individual personality. As a result, his work as a sociologist has always had an interdisciplinary focus largely concerned with the relations of the historically instantiated social structure and culture to the individual. Read more >>
Philip McCarty is a lecturer in the Global and International Studies Department at University of California, Santa Barbara. He has a PhD in Sociology (University of California, Santa Barbara, 2007) and has published numerous articles including “Communicating Global Perspectives” (Institute for European Global Studies, University of Basel, Switzerland, 2014) and “Globalizing Legal History” (Journal of the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History, Frankfurt, Germany, 2014). His fields of study are Global History, Culture and Ideology, Global Economy and Development, Ethnographies of Globalization, Global Media, and Research Methods. Read more >>
Carlos Munoz, Jr. was born in the "segundo barrio" in El Paso, Texas, and raised in the barrios of East Los Angeles, California. He is the son of poor working class Mexican immigrants. He earned his AA from Los Angeles City Community College, his BA with honors in Political Science from California State University at Los Angeles and his PhD in Government from the Claremont Graduate University. He is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Ethnic Studies and Adjunct Faculty, Center for Latin American Studies, University of California, Berkeley. After 47 years of teaching in higher education, he has gained international prominence as political scientist, historian, journalist, and public intellectual. Read more >>
Ruth Needleman, Professor Emeritus of Labor Studies at Indiana University Northwest, has pursued an active role in labor and civil right battles for decades. Her passion and interest in contentious labor-related conflicts inspires her work for justice. Needleman retired from IU Northwest June 30, 2010 after serving the campus for nearly 30 years. She has served not only as a scholar and instructor but also as the coordinator of Swingshift College, a program tailored to working students who wished to earn or complete their degree. During her tenure, Needleman put forth a dedicated effort to grow and improve the campus’s Labor Studies program. Her intent was not just to educate students but also to engage them in the fight for social justice. Read more >>

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