14.1
2017
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Issue 14.1: About the Authors

Robert L. Bing III is Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Texas at Arlington; he is author of over forty refereed articles and/or book chapters; he has authored three books, Race and Crime (1999), Race, Crime and the Media (2010) and Introduction to Criminal Justice: A Humanistic Perspective (2016). His research interest includes race, crime and public policy. He can be contacted at rbing@uta.edu .
Dr. Elisabeth Chaves is presently an independent scholar. She holds a PhD in Planning, Governance and Globalization from Virginia Tech, and a JD from the University of San Diego School of Law. She was previously a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Political Science at Vassar College and a Visiting Assistant Professor in the School of Public and International Affairs at Virginia Tech. Her current research interests include critical legal theory, democratic theory, the politics of land use and land use law, and the politics and theory of property rights. She can be contacted at elchaves@vassar.edu .
Bob Kunovich is a Distinguished Teaching Professor and Chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Texas at Arlington. He teaches in the areas of sociology of risk, social statistics, and research methodology. His research focuses on nationalism and national identity, ethnic and racial attitudes, and risk. He can be reached at Kunovich@uta.edu.
Dr. Joshua E. Olsberg’s research seeks to understand the connections between culture, politics and personal identity. A first-generation Cuban-American, Dr. Olsberg has conducted ethnographic studies in Eastern Cuba, engaged in analysis of media coverage of Haitian politics and economics, and examined the way that those living in rural Mid-Missouri communities define the struggles they face in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Dr. Olsberg’s work draws upon critical theories across disciplines, and he firmly believes that cross-disciplinary, collaborative scholarly efforts can lead to breakthroughs in our understanding of our societies and ourselves. He believes that teaching is a means of building and changing communities for the better, and that difficult dialogues within the classroom can lead to greater understanding and compassion for those who we perceive as different.

Dr. Olsberg began at and Assistant Professor in Interdisciplinary Studies at National University in July 2015, and was previously a visiting faculty member at Southern Methodist University. He completed his PhD in Sociology, with a graduate minor in International Development, from the University of Missouri in 2014. He is a native of Fort Worth, Texas and enjoys traveling, hiking, and any sport that involves skates. Email: jolsberg@nu.edu .
Jason E. Shelton is Associate Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center for African American Studies at The University of Texas at Arlington. His research interests concern the sociology of religion, as well as the intersections of race, class, and attitudes about various political and social issues in contemporary America. Dr. Shelton’s articles have appeared in Social Science Quarterly, Du Bois Review, Sociological Perspectives, Journal of African American Studies, American Behavioral Scientist, and other respected publications. New York University Press published his first book, Blacks and Whites in Christian America: How Racial Discrimination Shapes Religious Convictions, which won major award sponsored by the Southern Conference on African American Studies and an “honorable mention” from the American Sociological Association’s Section on the Sociology of Religion. Dr. Shelton has been interviewed by major media outlets for news stories relevant to his research such as the Chicago Tribune, USA Today, National Public Radio (NPR), the British Broadcasting Company (BBC), Houston Chronicle, and network television affiliates in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. He earned his PhD and MA degrees in Sociology at the University of Miami (FL), and BA in Sociology at Kent State University. From 2006-2008, Dr. Shelton served as a Postdoctoral Fellow in Sociology at Rice University, where he worked on the first wave of the Portraits of American Life Study (PALS). Email: jeshelton@uta.edu .
Lukas Szrot is currently a Ph.D. student in Sociology at the University of Kansas. His primary areas of interest are social theory, religion, and environmental sociology, and his dissertation project deals with the relationship between religiosity and environmental concern, both in the United States and globally. Two books—a social problems text written for introductory sociology courses and public outreach, and a work on the Western intellectual lineage of the current, ostensibly “post-truth” era—are also in process, as well as several journal articles. Szrot is passionate about teaching, and has organized and/or taught courses in social problems, environmental sociology, and sociology of religion, as well as tutored students in social theory, research methods, and statistics. He aims to continue writing and teaching as an academic sociologist upon completion of his Ph.D.​ Presently Szrot lives with his wife Charline and his dog Chewie in Lawrence, Kansas. Email: lukas_szrot@ku.edu .
Professor Mark P. Worrell teaches sociological theory, political economy, religion and culture at SUNY Cortland (New York) and is an Associate Editor of the journal Critical Sociology. Worrell has published widely in critical social theory journals including Fast Capitalism, Telos, Critical Sociology, Rethinking Marxism, and Current Perspectives in Social Theory. Worrell’s most recent book is Alienation and the Future of Capitalism, co-edited with Dan Krier, in the Studies in Critical Social Sciences series at Brill. Email: mark.worrell@cortland.edu .
David Arditi is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center for Theory at the University of Texas at Arlington. His research addresses the impact of digital technology on society and culture with a specific focus on music. Arditi is author of iTake-Over: The Recording Industry in the digital era and his essays have appeared in Popular Music & Society, the Journal of Popular Music Studies, Civilisations, Media Fields Journal and several edited volumes. He also serves as Co-Editor of Fast Capitalism. Email: darditi@uta.edu .
Timothy W. Luke serves on the editorial board of Capitalism Nature Socialism, Critical Social Policy, Culture and Politics: An International Journal of Theory, Current Perspectives in Social Theory, e-Learning and Digital Media, Fast Capitalism, International Political Sociology, Journal of Information Technology and Policy, Open Geography Journal, Organization & Environment, New Political Science, Peace Studies Journal, Public Knowledge Journal, Spectra, Telos, and the minnesota review. He is an Associate Editor of New Political Science, and he also is a founding editor of Fast Capitalism located at the Center for Theory with the University of Texas. He is the book line editor of Telos Press Publishing, where he oversees publication of works by Ernst Juenger, Joel Kotkin, Francois Laruelle, Carl Schmitt, Jean-Claude Paye, Paul Piccone, Victor Zaslavsky, and other works of social theory. He also has served as an editorial board member with Environmental Communication, International Journal of Innovation and Sustainable Development, International Political Economy Yearbook, Journal of Politics, New Political Science, Organization & Environment, ultiBase, and Post-Communist Cultural Studies with Penn State University Press.

From 1997-2010, he was Director of Graduate Studies, and he founded the OLMA program on the basis of his work with the Virginia Tech Cyberschool from 1994-2003. He continues to direct the Collaboratory for Digital Discourse and Culture that also he developed during the Cyberschool experiment. He has been awarded fellowships and grants by the National Endowment for the Humanities, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Carter G. Woodson Institute, the Center for Organizational and Technological Advancement, International Research and Exchange Board (IREX), the Department of State, and the Council for the International Exchange of Scholars (Fulbright Research/Teaching Award). During 1996, he was named Visiting Research and Teaching Scholar at the Open Polytechnic of New Zealand, and in 1995 he was the Fulbright Professor of Cultural Theory and the Politics of Information Society at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand. He has reviewed grant proposals in political science, sociology, and science studies for the National Science Foundation, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Austrian Science Fund, and the Foundation for Research, Science and Technology of New Zealand. Email: twluke@vt.edu .
Robert Kirsch is an Assistant Professor in the faculty of Leadership and Interdisciplinary Studies at Arizona State University. His research focuses on theories of critical political economy in advanced industrial society, particularly how organizational and institutional arrangements reinforce oppressive social relations. He is the co-author of the forthcoming book Critical Leadership Theory: Integrating Transdisciplinary Perspectives, being published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2018. Email: rekirsch@asu.edu .
Michael A. Peters research interests focus on educational philosophy with a focus on contemporary philosophical movements to the framing of educational issues, especially philosophical and political economy questions of knowledge production, distribution and consumption. His recent writing and scholarly activity revolves around two interrelated areas: contemporary philosophy (critical theory, poststructuralism, hermeneutics, and analytic philosophy) with a focus on philosophy of education, and; the politics of education, educational reform and welfare policy in NZ and elsewhere (http://www.michaeladrianpeters.com/; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Adrian_Peters). The two areas of interest theoretically inform each other. The deepest influences upon his thinking and writing include the Austrian philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein and Michel Foucault. These philosophers provide a positive philosophical response to nihilism and to the fragmentation of value and dissolution of culture. Here the question of style is significant in understanding philosophy as a kind of writing. His major current projects include work on distributed knowledge, learning and publishing systems, and ‘open education.’ He has written over eighty books and some five hundred papers and chapters. My Google citation (at 27 Feb 2017) is 10,713 (5,259 since 2012) with an h-index of 48 (34 since 2012) and an i10-index of 185 (1123 since 2012). He is the executive editor of the SSCI journal, Educational Philosophy and Theory (T&F, 14 issues per year) for over 20 years, with strong engagement to rebuild the Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia (PESA). He is the founding editor of Policy Futures in Education, E-Learning and Digital Media (Sage), and Knowledge Cultures. In 2016 he established The Video Journal of Education and Pedagogy (https://videoeducationjournal.springeropen.com/, Springer) and The Editors’ Collective (NZ, http://www.editorscollective.org.nz/) that he established to develop an experimental and innovative culture for academic publishing and collective writing, especially for emerging NZ scholars. He has been an advisor to world agencies such as UNESCO and to governments on these and related matters in Scotland, NZ, South Africa, USA (NSF) and the EU. He is Emeritus Professor at the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign), Professorial Fellow at James Cook University, and Distinguished Visiting Professor at Zhenzhou University, China. He was made a Lifelong Member of the Humanities Society of NZ, and The Society for Research in Higher Education (SRHE), and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of NZ in 2010. He was awarded honorary doctorates by State University of New York (SUNY) in 2012 and University of Aalborg in 2015. Email: mpeters@waikato.ac.nz .
Douglas Kellner is George Kneller Chair in the Philosophy of Education at UCLA and is author of many books on social theory, politics, history, and culture, including Camera Politica: The Politics and Ideology of Contemporary Hollywood Film, co-authored with Michael Ryan; Critical Theory, Marxism, and Modernity; Jean Baudrillard: From Marxism to Postmodernism and Beyond; Postmodern Theory: Critical Interrogations (with Steven Best); Television and the Crisis of Democracy; The Persian Gulf TV War; Media Cutlure, and The Postmodern Turn (with Steven Best). Recent books include a study of the 2000 U.S. Presidential election, Grand Theft 2000: Media Spectacle and the Theft of an Election, and The Postmodern Adventure: Science, Technology, and Cultural Studies at the Third Millennium (with Steve Best). His latest books are Media Spectacle and another from 2003 September 11, Terror War, and the Dangers of the Bush Legacy. His Web site is at http://www.gseis.ucla.edu/faculty/kellner/kellner.html and his weblog Blogleft is at http://www.gseis.ucla.edu/courses/ed253a/blogger.php. Mailing address: Douglas Kellner, Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, Moore Hall Mailbox 951521, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA 90095; Email: kellner@ucla.edu.
Tara Brabazon is the Dean of Graduate Research and Professor of Cultural Studies at Flinders University, Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce (RSA), and Director of the Popular Culture Collective. Previously, Tara has held academic positions in the United Kingdom, Canada and Aotearoa/New Zealand. She has won six teaching awards, including the National Teaching Award for the Humanities, along with other awards for disability education and cultural studies. She is the author of seventeen books. Her most recent monographs include Digital Dieting: From Information Obesity to Intellectual Fitness (2013) and Digital Wine: QR codes and regional development (2014). Three books have been published by Springer in 2015: Enabling University - (dis)ability, impairment and higher education, Unique Urbanity - renewal, regeneration and decay and Play - A theory of learning and thinking. Tara is author of 200 refereed articles and book chapters alongside journalistic works, having been a columnist for the Times Higher Education, Times Literary Supplement and Times Education Supplement. For further information, please refer to www.brabazon.net. Email: tara.brabazon@flinders.edu.au .
Scott G. McNall is Emeritus Provost (1994-2007) and Professor at California State University, Chico (CSUC), and was the founding Executive Director of the Institute for Sustainable Development at CSUC (2007-2011). He is currently an affiliated professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Montana. He has held tenured positions at Arizona State University and the Universities of Kansas, Minnesota, and Toledo. He describes himself as a political economist with an eclectic set of interests that have ranged from a study of Greek economic development to the factors that gave rise to Kansas Populism. He has authored or co-authored and edited over 20 books and written extensively on issues related to climate change, equality, social class, sustainability, and resilience. He grew up in Oregon where he developed an abiding interest and commitment to the natural world. He is at home in the Mountain West and is an avid, but not very good, fisherman. He lives with his wife, Sally, in Missoula, Montana and their two cats, Maggie (Thatcher) and Emma (Goldman). SMcNall@csuchico.edu .
Stephen Turner is currently Distinguished University Professor at the Department of Philosophy, University of South Florida, where he is also director of the Center for Social and Political Thought. He was visiting professor at Boston University, the University of Notre Dame and the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and has held fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Studies. His writings on sociology are primarily concerned with experts and politics, including Liberal Democracy 3.0: Civil Society in an Age of Experts (2003) and essays collected in The Politics of Expertise (2013). He has also written extensively on Max Weber, especially on politics, in Max Weber and the Dispute Over Reason and Value: A Study in Philosophy, Ethics, and Politics 1984, and Max Weber: The Lawyer as Social Thinker the Lawyer as Social Thinker, with the late Regis Factor. His most recent book, Cognitive Science and the Social: A Primer, is in press. Email: turner@usf.edu .