Grewal, Inderpal

Inderpal Grewal is Chair and Professor in the Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program; Faculty in the South Asia Council and the Ethnicity, Race and Migration Studies Program; and Affiliate Faculty in American Studies and Anthropology at Yale University. She is author of Home and Harem: Nation, Gender, Empire and Cultures of Travel (Duke, 1996), Transnational America: Feminisms, Diasporas, Neoliberalisms (Duke, 2005), and Saving the Security State: Exceptional Citizens in Twenty-first century America (Duke, 2017). She is co-editor (with Caren Kaplan) of Scattered Hegemonies: Postmodernity and Transnational Feminist Practices (University of Minnesota Press, 1995), Introduction to Women’s Studies: Gender in a Transnational World (Mc-Graw Hill, 2001, 2005) and (with Victoria Bernal) of Theorizing NGO’s: Feminism, Neoliberalism and the State (Duke, 2014). Her areas of research include feminist theory, cultural studies of South Asia and its diasporas, British and U.S. imperialism, and global feminist movements.


On Rorotoko:

On her book Saving the Security State: Exceptional Citizens in Twenty-First-Century America
(Our Cover Feature of February 19, 2018)


Igoe, Jim

Jim Igoe lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, with his wife Gladness and their son Vincent. He is on the Anthropology faculty at the University of Virginia. His research and writing addresses conflicts between national parks and indigenous communities in East Africa and North America, and the role of mass-produced images in mediating people’s relationships with the environment. In 2008, he co-convened a workshop called Problematizing Neoliberal Conservation. This was one of several events that brought together an expanding international network of scholars problematizing and theorizing intersections of capitalism and conservation. Jim Igoe appears in the film A Place without People, a critical history of Serengeti National Park. He is also author of Conservation and Globalization (2004), an accessible overview of national parks and indigenous peoples. He enjoys hiking, conversation, fiction, and music.

On Rorotoko:

On his book The Nature of Spectacle: On Images, Money, and Conserving Capitalism
(Our Cover Feature of February 12, 2018)


Tussey, Ethan

Ethan Tussey is an Assistant Professor of Film and Media at Georgia State University. His book, The Procrastination Economy: The Big Business of Downtime, featured in his Rorotoko interview, details the economic and social value of mobile device use in the context of the workplace, the commute, the waiting room, and the living room. His work explores the relationship between the entertainment industry and the digitally empowered public. He has contributed book chapters on creative labor, online sports viewing, connected viewing, and crowdfunding to the anthologies Saturday Night Live and American TV (Indiana Univ Press, 2013), Digital Media Sport: Technology and Power in the Network Society (Routledge, 2013), Connected Viewing: Selling, Sharing, and Streaming Media in a Digital Era (Routledge, 2013) and Crowdfunding the Future: Media Industries, Ethics, & Digital Society (Peter Lang, 2015). He is also the Coordinating Editor of In Media Res and the co-founder of the Atlanta Media Project. He teaches classes on television analysis, media industries, and digital media.


On Rorotoko:

On his book The Procrastination Economy: The Big Business of Downtime
(Our Cover Feature of February 05, 2018)


Laurent, Éloi

Éloi Laurent is a Senior Economist at OFCE (Sciences Po Centre for Economic Research, Paris) and Professor in the School of Management and Innovation in Sciences Po. A macroeconomist by training, his current work focuses on environmental sustainability, well-being, and social ecology. He is the author or editor of twelve books (five translated into several languages), four governmental reports, and a hundred articles published in French and international journals. He has a background in policy making as a former parliamentary assistant in the National Assembly (Paris) and aide to the French Prime Minister and an extensive international academic experience, most recently as a Visiting Professor at the University of Montreal and Visiting Scholar and Visiting Professor at Harvard University. He currently teaches new indicators of well-being, resilience, and sustainability and ecological economics at Stanford University and Sciences Po.

On Rorotoko:

On his book Measuring Tomorrow: Accounting for Well-Being, Resilience, and Sustainability in the Twenty-First Century
(Our Cover Feature of January 29, 2018)


Lieberman, Philip

Giorgia Müller

Philip Lieberman was born in New York City in 1934. In high school he was a finalist in both national photography contests and the Westinghouse Science Talent Search. He selected science and has since published eight books and published or presented more than 200 papers. However, he kept up photography. He and his wife, Marcia have enjoyed walking on mountain paths since they were married, which in time brought them to Nepal and an interest in Tibetan culture documented in his photographs and her publications. Many of his photographs have been published and are in museum collections.


On Rorotoko:

On his book The Theory That Changed Everything: “On the Origin of Species” as a Work in Progress
(Our Cover Feature of January 22, 2018)


Keller, Lynn

Lynn Keller is the Martha Meier Renk Bascom Professor of Poetry in the English Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. There she also directs the interdisciplinary Center for Culture, History, and Environment (CHE) in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. With two colleagues she co-edits the North American Poetry Series of scholarly books published by the University of Iowa Press. Recomposing Ecopoetics: North American Poetry of the Self-Conscious Anthropocene is her fourth book on contemporary poetry.


On Rorotoko:

On her book Recomposing Ecopoetics: North American Poetry of the Self-Conscious Anthropocene
(Our Cover Feature of January 15, 2018)


Ryan, Michael

Merlin Tuttle

Michael J. Ryan is the Clark Hubbs Regents Professor in Zoology at the University of Texas, Austin, and a Senior Research Associate at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama. Ryan received his Bachelor’s degree at Glassboro State College, his MS at Rutgers University, his PhD at Cornell University, and was a Miller Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley. Ryan is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Institute of Advanced Studies in Berlin.


On Rorotoko:

On his book A Taste for the Beautiful: The Evolution of Attraction
(Our Cover Feature of January 08, 2018)


Feenberg, Andrew

Andrew Feenberg teaches in the School of Communication, Simon Fraser University, where he directs the Applied Communication and Technology Lab. He also serves as Directeur de Programme at the Collège International de Philosophie in Paris. His books include Questioning Technology, Transforming Technology, Heidegger and Marcuse, Between Reason and Experience, and The Philosophy of Praxis. His most recent book is Technosystem: The Social Life of Reason, published by Harvard in 2017 and featured in his Rorotoko interview. A book on Feenberg’s philosophy of technology entitled Critical Theory and the Thought of Andrew Feenberg, edited by D. Arnold and P. Michel, has also appeared in 2017.


On Rorotoko:

On his book Technosystem: The Social Life of Reason
(Our Cover Feature of December 18, 2017)


Van Norden, Bryan

2016 Vassar College / Karl Rabe

Bryan W. Van Norden lives in Singapore, where he is Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple Professor at Yale-NUS College. He is also Chair Professor in Philosophy in the School of Philosophy at Wuhan University (PRC) and Professor of Philosophy at Vassar College (USA). A recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Humanities Grant, and a Mellon Fellowship, Van Norden has been honored as one of The Best 300 Professors in the US by The Princeton Review. Professor Van Norden has published nine books on Chinese and comparative philosophy, including Introduction to Classical Chinese Philosophy and (with Justin Tiwald) Readings in Later Chinese Philosophy. Professor Van Norden is also a frequent contributor of opinion pieces as a public intellectual, and has written about US politics, public policy, and international relations for The New York Times, The Huffington Post, The Straits Times, and 合早, among other publications. His website is at


On Rorotoko:

On his book Taking Back Philosophy: A Multicultural Manifesto
(Our Cover Feature of December 11, 2017)


Marquis, Susan

Susan L. Marquis is dean of the Pardee RAND Graduate School and is RAND Corporation’s vice president for Innovation. She teaches and researches on organizational culture and innovative solutions to persistent and complex policy problems, on topics ranging from food policy to national security. Prior to joining RAND, Marquis held leadership positions in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations and in the Office of the Secretary of Defense’s Program Analysis and Evaluation Directorate. Her first book was Unconventional Warfare: Rebuilding U.S. Special Operations Forces (1997).


On Rorotoko:

On her book I Am Not a Tractor! How Florida Farmworkers Took On the Fast Food Giants and Won
(Our Cover Feature of December 04, 2017)


Hasegawa, Tsuyoshi

Tsuyoshi Hasegawa is Research Professor in the Department of History at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His research on modern Russian and Soviet history and the Cold War covers two different areas: first, the Russian Revolution of 1917, and second, foreign relations involving Russia, Japan, and the United States, specifically, Russo-Japanese relations, the end of the Pacific War, and the Cold War in Asia.


On Rorotoko:

On his book Crime and Punishment in the Russian Revolution: Mob Justice and Police in Petrograd
(Our Cover Feature of November 27, 2017)


Sharman, J. C.

J.C. Sharman is the Sir Patrick Sheehy Professor of International Relations at the University of Cambridge and a fellow of King’s College. Earlier, he worked at Griffith University, the University of Sydney, and American University in Bulgaria. Sharman’s research is focused on the regulation of global finance, especially in relation to money laundering, tax, corruption and offshore financial centres, and the international relations of the early modern world. His latest books are The Despot’s Guide to Wealth Management (Cornell University Press, 2017), which is featured in his Rorotoko interview, and International Order in Diversity: War, Trade and Rule in the Indian Ocean (Cambridge University Press, 2015).


On Rorotoko:

On his book The Despot's Guide to Wealth Management: On the International Campaign against Grand Corruption
(Our Cover Feature of November 20, 2017)


Lehoux, Daryn

Jill Bryant

Daryn Lehoux is Professor of Classics and Philosophy at Queen’s University. He is the author of Creatures Born of Mud and Slime (featured in his Rorotoko interview), What Did the Romans Know? (University of Chicago Press, 2012), and Astronomy, Weather, and Calendars in the Ancient World (Cambridge University Press, 2007). He is also the co-editor, with A. D. Morrison and Alison Sharrock, of Lucretius: Poetry, Philosophy, Science (Oxford University Press, 2013).


On Rorotoko:

On his book Creatures Born of Mud and Slime: The Wonder and Complexity of Spontaneous Generation
(Our Cover Feature of November 13, 2017)


Hawley, George

George Hawley is an assistant professor of political science at the University of Alabama. His research interests include demography, electoral behavior, immigration, the conservative movement in America, and the radical right. He is the author of five scholarly books, as well as many peer-reviewed articles. He writes a regular column for The American Conservative, and his work has appeared in the New York Times, the New York Daily News, and RealClearPolicy.


On Rorotoko:

On his book Making Sense of the Alt-Right
(Our Cover Feature of November 06, 2017)


Hefner, Brooks

Joe Fitzgerald

Brooks E. Hefner is associate professor of English at James Madison University, where he teaches courses in American Literature, American Studies, and Film Studies. His scholarship has appeared in PMLA, Modern Fiction Studies, MELUS, Journal of Film and Television, and other venues. He is the author of The Word on the Streets: The American Language of Vernacular Modernism, featured in his Rorotoko interview, and is the co-director of the NEH-funded Circulating American Magazines, a digital humanities project that will offer circulation data and data visualizations for American magazines from 1868-1972.


On Rorotoko:

On his book The Word on the Streets: The American Language of Vernacular Modernism
(Our Cover Feature of October 30, 2017)