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Issue 8.2: About the Authors

Gerry Coulter is author of numerous articles concerning Jean Baudrillard’s thought. He is the founding editor of the International Journal of Baudrillard Studies (On the Internet): www.ubishops.ca/baudrillardstudies. He is also author of Jean Baudrillard: The Poetics of Radicality (Intertheory Press, Fall 2011). His teaching has been recognized on several occasions, most recently with Bishop’s University’s highest award for teaching: The William and Nancy Turner Prize.

Jessie Daniels is Associate Professor of Urban Public Health at Hunter College and the CUNY-Graduate Center. She is currently at work on research with LGBT youth of color and their use of mobile technology. Her work about race, gender, sexuality and new media has appeared in the journals New Media & Society, Women’s Studies Quarterly and the recent book, Cyber Racism (Rowman & Littlefield, 2009). Previously, Daniels also worked in the Internet industry. Since 2007, she has maintained a scholarly blog (RacismReview) with Joe Feagin. Forbes Magazine recently named her one of “20 Inspiring Women to Follow on Twitter,” (@JessieNYC).

Christian Garland BA Philosophy and Politics (UEA), MA Social and Political Thought (Sussex) is currently an independent writer and researcher. He has research interests that include Adorno, Benjamin, and the original Frankfurt School, and the intersection between autonomist Marxism and class-struggle anarchism, on which he has published papers and essays. He intends to return to PhD studies in 2010 or 2011. christiangarland@hotmail.com

Henry A. Giroux currently holds the Global TV Network Chair Professorship at McMaster University in the English and Cultural Studies Department. His most recent books include: Youth in a Suspect Society: Democracy or Disposability? (Palgrave macmillan, 2009); Hearts of Darkness: Torturing Children in the War on Terror (Paradigm 2010), Zombie Politics and Culture in the Age of Casino Capitalism (Peter Lang 2011) and On Critical Pedagogy (Continuum, 2011). His website can be found at www.henryagiroux.com

Josh Hammerling studied at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington where earned a B.A. degree (Hons) with a double major in German, Languages and Literatures; English, Writing Emphasis. He is currently studying Media Philosophy at the European Graduate School in Saas Fee, Switzerland. His interests include Literary Journalism and Documentary Film/Photography. He can be contacted at joshuahammerling.com

C. Lee Harrington is Professor of Sociology and Affiliate of the Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program at Miami University. Her areas of research include media studies and the sociology of law. She can be reached at harrincl@muohio.edu

Nicola Johnson is a teacher educator in the Faculty of Education at Monash University, Victoria, Australia. She is the author of two books - The Multiplicities of Internet Addiction: The Misrecognition of Leisure and Learning (Ashgate, 2009), and Publishing from your PhD: Negotiating a Crowded Jungle (Gower, 2011).

Timothy W. Luke is University Distinguished Professor at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Virginia. He also serves as Program Chair, Government and International Affairs in the School of Public and International Affairs, and Director of the Center for Digital Discourse and Culture in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences at Virginia Tech. Co-Editor of Fast Capitalism, he also is a long-time member of the editorial board for Telos, and serves as the Bookline Editor of Telos Press Publishing. His recent books are There is a Gunman on Campus: Tragedy and Terror at Virginia Tech, co-edited with Ben Agger (Rowman & Littlefield, 2008): Museum Politics: Powerplays at the Exhibition (University of Minnesota Press, 2002). Capitalism, Democracy, and Ecology: Departures from Marx (University of Illinois Press, 1999), The Politics of Cyberspace, co-edited with Chris Toulouse (Routledge, 1998), and Ecocritique: Contesting the Politics of Nature, Economy, and Culture (University of Minnesota Press, 1997).

William Matthew McCarter is a writer and a college professor from Southeast Missouri. After completing his PhD at The University of Texas-Arlington, McCarter has been busy writing and publishing work that brings attention to his native rural America. He has recently published academic work in The Sociological Imagination and will be publishing a chapter in the book American History through American Sports tentatively titled The Tobacco Spittin', Moonshine Runnin' History of Early NASCAR. In additon, McCarter’s first academic book, Homo Redneckus: On Being Not Qwhite in America will be published in 2012.

Glenn W. Muschert, muschegw@muohio.edu, a sociologist of social problems, is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Gerontology at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. His research focuses on social control through surveillance and the mass media coverage of crime.

Patricia Mooney Nickel is a political sociologist in the School of Social and Cultural Studies at Victoria University of Wellington. Her main research interests include critical social theory, public sociology, social policy, philanthropy and the non-profit sector, and the sociology of governance. She is the author of Public Sociology: Policy, Politics, and Power with Paradigm Publishers. She is currently working on a new project entitled North American Critical Theory after Postmodernism.

Venessa Paech is a Community Manager who has managed online community ecosystems for a number of leading brands, public sector organisations and groups. She holds a BFA from New York University, an MA in Creative Media from the University of Brighton, UK and has published work on virtual ethnography and online community exiles. Venessa is the founder of the Australian Community Managers Roundtable and co-chair of the inaugural Australian Community Managers National Conference in November 2011. Her research interests are digital boundary cultures and the convergence of online community practice and scholarship. She can be contacted at nessa (dot) paech (at) gmail (dot) com.

Jason L. Powell, Jason L Powell is Director of Sustainable Communities Knowledge Exchange Unit at University of Central Lancashire, UK. He has over 200 publications with almost thirty books. He has research interests on human aging, social policy, social theory and comparative aging.

Heather Reece, hrreece@googlemail.com, is a second year law student at the University of Dayton School of Law. Her interests are primarily in the area of public policy formation, specifically health care policy as it relates to long-term care provision and public insurance programs. Her research interests include understanding what quality care means in the health care setting and how this can be measured.

Rebecca Steel, is a research assistant in the Sustainable Communities Knowledge Exchange Unit based at the University of Central Lancashire. She has research interests in community leadership and volunteering.