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Issue 5.2: About the Authors

Phyllis Curtiss

Phyllis Curtiss is Associate Professor of Statistics at Grand Valley State University..

Mark Featherstone

Mark Featherstone is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Keele University, UK. His areas of specialism are social and political thought and psychoanalysis. His current research focuses on notions of utopia and dystopia in social and political thought and he recently published a monograph on this topic entitled Tocqueville’s Virus (Routledge). He is currently working on the second volume of this study, entitled Planet Utopia: Utopia, Dystopia, and Globalisation, which will be published by Routledge in 2011. Apart from his focus on utopia in social and political theory, he is also interested in urbanisation, particularly in relation to processes of globalisation. He can be reached at m.a.featherstone@appsoc.keele.ac.uk.

Henry A. Giroux

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: Take Back Higher Education [co-authored with Susan Searls Giroux](Palgrave, 2004); The University in Chains: Confronting the Military-Industrial-Academic Complex,(Paradigm, 2007); and Youth in a Suspect Society: Democracy or Disposability?(Palgrave Macmillan, 2009).

David W. Hill

David W. Hill David W. Hill is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Sociology, at the University of York. His project explores notions of ethical and geographical proximity in the information society through interrogations of Marshall McLuhan’s global village thesis. David’s further research interests include the posthuman, urban informatics, and poststructuralism. He can be reached at: dwh501@york.ac.uk.

Douglas Kellner

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; works in cultural studies such as Media Culture and Media Spectacle; a trilogy of books on postmodern theory with Steve Best; and a trilogy of books on the media and the Bush administration, encompassing Grand Theft 2000, From 9/11 to Terror War, and Media Spectacle and the Crisis of Democracy. Author of Herbert Marcuse and the Crisis of Marxism, Kellner is editing collected papers of Herbert Marcuse, four volumes of which have appeared with Routledge. Kellner's Guys and Guns Amok: Domestic Terrorism and School Shootings from the Oklahoma City Bombings to the Virginia Tech Massacre won the 2008 AESA award as the best book on education. Forthcoming in 2009 with Blackwell is Kellner's Cinema Wars: Hollywood Film and Politics in the Bush/Cheney Era. His website is at http://www.gseis.ucla.edu/faculty/kellner/kellner.html

Charles Lemert

Charles Lemert is the John C. Andrus Professor of Sociology at Wesleyan University

George Lundskow

George Lundskow is Associate Professor of Sociology at Grand Valley State University. His research interests pertain to social change, and include alternative religious groups, demonization in modernity, ancient class-cultural conflict, and the decline of the US working class. At present, he is working on a sociological history of the auto industry in the United States. He is also working on a theory of gender and religion in the transition from matrilineal goddess culture to patriarchal hunter-warfare culture in the Mediterranean and Near East, building from Marianne Weber’s Ehefrau und Mutter in der Rechtsentwicklung, James Frazer’s The Golden Bough, as well as contemporary scholars. He has recently published several papers on religion that apply Frommian Critical Theory to belief and practice, as well as a textbook on the Sociology of Religion.

Brian Phillips

Brian Phillips is Associate Professor of Sociology at Grand Valley State University.

Katherine Rehorst

Katherine Rehorst is an undergraduate research assistant at Grand Valley State University.

Charles Reitz

Charles Reitz is a retired professor of philosophy and multicultural education living in Kansas City. His monograph Art, Alienation, and the Humanities: A Critical Engagement with Herbert Marcuse was published by the SUNY Press (2000). Other Marcuse essays are posted on the MarcuseSociety.org website and included in Marcuse's Challenge to Education (Rowman & Littlefield, 2009). Email: charlesreitz@sbcglobal.net

Mario Rodriguez

Mario Rodriguez is a PhD candidate in culture and communication at the Annenberg School at the University of Pennsylvania. His dissertation will examine people’s active negotiation of everyday surveillance. He is also currently collaborating with Dr. Paul Messaris of the Annenberg School on a forthcoming project on transgression and media (www.myspace.com/artistsunbound ). Mario Rodriguez can be reached at mrodriguez@asc.upenn.edu.

Mark Rudd

Mark Rudd is a retired community college teacher in New Mexico who currently teaches the history of organizing in American Studies at the University of New Mexico. He recently published "Underground: My Life in SDS and Weatherman," a political memoir of the years 1965-1977. This piece was an outtake from that book. His website is http://www.markrudd.com.

George Sanders

George Sanders is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. His research focuses on the cultural intersections between consumerism and processes of sacralization. Currently, he is conducting field work in mega-churches.

Allison M. Wehr

Allison M. Wehr is an undergraduate research assistant at Grand Valley State University.

Neil L. Whitehead

Neil L. Whitehead is Professor of Anthropology, Latin American and Religious Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is author of numerous works on the native peoples of South America and their colonial conquest, as well as on the topics of sorcery, violence, sexuality and warfare. He latest works include a new edition of Hans Staden's sixteenth century account of captivity and cannibalism among the natives of Brazil (Duke 2008) and essays on terrorism, torture and cyber-sex. He is currently studying the cultural aesthetics of sex and violence, the emergence of digital subjectivities and the possibilities for a post-human anthropology. http://wisc.academia.edu/NeilWhitehead, http://www.myspace.com/bloodjewelband