Anger, Jenny

Jenny Anger is professor of art history at Grinnell College. Her book, Four Metaphors of Modernism: From Der Sturm to the Société Anonyme (University of Minnesota Press, 2018), which is featured in her Rorotoko interview, examines the centrality of metaphor in the creative output of both arts organizations, arguing for a reassessment of modernism in general. Her first book, Paul Klee and the Decorative in Modern Art (Cambridge University Press, 2004) explored the critical role of the decorative in that artist’s career and in modern art. Anger received her M.A. and Ph.D. from Brown University.


On Rorotoko:

On her book Four Metaphors of Modernism: From Der Sturm to the Société Anonyme
(Our Cover Feature of May 21, 2018)


Frampton, Martyn

Martyn Frampton is Reader in Modern History at Queen Mary University of London. His research interests include the politics of Islamist movements, Anglo-US foreign policy in the Middle East, and modern Irish history. He is the author of four books and numerous articles. His earlier works were focused primarily on ‘the Troubles’ in Northern Ireland and, in particular, the history of the Irish republican movement. Latterly, he has expanded his research ambit, learning Arabic and focusing on the history of the Muslim Brotherhood.


On Rorotoko:

On his book The Muslim Brotherhood and the West: A History of Enmity and Engagement
(Our Cover Feature of May 14, 2018)


Weintraub, David

David Weintraub received his Bachelor’s degree in Physics and Astronomy at Yale in 1980 and his PhD in Geophysics & Space Physics at UCLA in 1989. He is a Professor of Astronomy at Vanderbilt University and is the 2015 winner of the Klopsteg Award from the American Association of Physics Teachers, which recognizes the outstanding communication of the excitement of contemporary physics to the general public. His books include Religions and Extraterrestrial Life: How Will We Deal With It? (Springer, 2014), How Old is the Universe? (Princeton University Press, 2010), and Is Pluto a Planet? (Princeton University Press, 2006), as well as Life on Mars (Princeton, 2018), featured in his Rorotoko interview. He has also authored over 70 peer-reviewed papers in professional journals and co-written seven astronomy books for children.


On Rorotoko:

On his book Life on Mars: What to Know Before We Go
(Our Cover Feature of May 07, 2018)


Zacka, Bernardo

Bernardo Zacka is a Junior Research Fellow in political theory at Christ’s College, Cambridge. He will be starting as an assistant professor of political science at MIT in September 2018.

On Rorotoko:

On his book When the State Meets the Street: Public Service and Moral Agency
(Our Cover Feature of April 30, 2018)


Escobar, Arturo

Arturo Escobar is professor of anthropology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He has been visiting professor at universities in Argentina, Ecuador, Catalunya, Finland, the Netherlands, and England. His main interests are political ecology, design, anthropology of development, social movements, and technoscience. His most well-known book is Encountering Development: The Making and Unmaking of the Third World (1995; 2nd edition, 2011). Besides Designs for the Pluriverse (2018), which is featured in his Rorotoko interview, he is also the author of Territories of Difference: Place, Movements, Life, Redes (2008); Sentipensar con la Tierra (2014); and Autonomía y diseño: la realización de lo comunal (2016), among other works.


On Rorotoko:

On his book Designs for the Pluriverse: Radical Interdependence, Autonomy, and the Making of Worlds
(Our Cover Feature of April 23, 2018)


Igo, Sarah

Sarah E. Igo is an Associate Professor of History and the Director of American Studies at Vanderbilt University. A graduate of Harvard and Princeton, she teaches and writes about modern American cultural and intellectual history. Her first book, The Averaged American: Surveys, Citizens, and the Making of a Mass Public, explored the relationship between survey data—opinion polls, sex surveys, consumer research—and modern understandings of self and nation. Igo’s new book is The Known Citizen: A History of Privacy in Modern America, published by Harvard University Press and featured in her Rorotoko interview.


On Rorotoko:

On her book The Known Citizen: A History of Privacy in Modern America
(Our Cover Feature of April 09, 2018)


Cohen, Warren

Warren I. Cohen is University Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Michigan State University and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and a Senior Scholar in the Asia Program of the Woodrow Wilson Center. He has written thirteen books and edited eight others. He served as a line officer in the U.S. Pacific Fleet, editor of Diplomatic History, President of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, and chairman of the Department of State Advisory Committee on Historical Diplomatic Documentation. In addition to scholarly publications, he has written for the Atlantic, Baltimore Sun, Christian Science Monitor, Dissent, Foreign Affairs, International Herald Tribune, Los Angeles Times, The Nation, New York Times, Times Literary Supplement, and the Washington Post. He has also been a consultant on Chinese affairs to various government organizations.


On Rorotoko:

On his book A Nation Like All Others: A Brief History of American Foreign Relations
(Our Cover Feature of April 02, 2018)


Duina, Francesco

Francesco Duina received his Ph.D. in Sociology from Harvard University in 1996. He is Professor of Sociology at Bates College (USA) and Honorary Professor of Sociology at the University of British Columbia (Canada). He has published widely on economic, political, and cultural sociology. His books include Winning: Reflections on an American Obsession (Princeton University Press), The Social Construction of Free Trade: The EU, NAFTA, and Mercosur (Princeton University Press), and Institutions and the Economy (Polity Press).


On Rorotoko:

On his book Broke and Patriotic: Why Poor Americans Love Their Country
(Our Cover Feature of March 26, 2018)


Komlosy, Andrea

Andrea Komlosy is professor at the Institute for Economic and Social History, University of Vienna, Austria, where she is coordinating the Global History and Global Studies programs. She has published on labor, migration, borders, and uneven development on the regional, European, and global scale. Recently, she published a chapter, “Work and Labor Relations,” in Capitalism: The Re-Emergence of a Historical Concept (Bloomsbury, 2016) and the book Work: The Last 1,000 Years (Verso, 2018), which is featured in her Rorotoko interview.


On Rorotoko:

On her book Work: The Last 1,000 Years
(Our Cover Feature of March 19, 2018)


Nassar, Maha

Maha Nassar is assistant professor in the School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies at the University of Arizona. She holds a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from the University of Chicago. She is the author of several scholarly articles that have appeared in the Journal of Palestine Studies and Arab Studies Journal, among others. Dr. Nassar is also a Public Voices Fellow with the OpEd Project whose articles have appeared in The Washington Post, The Conversation, and Middle East Report.

On Rorotoko:

On her book Brothers Apart: Palestinian Citizens of Israel and the Arab World
(Our Cover Feature of March 12, 2018)


Warchol, Greg

Greg Warchol is a professor of criminal justice at Northern Michigan University. His specialty is wildlife conservation criminology including the illegal trade in endangered African species. Prior to his academic career he was a statistician for the National Crime Victimization Survey, Bureau of Justice Statistics in Washington, D.C. and a supervisor in the Asset Forfeiture Unit, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Chicago, IL.


On Rorotoko:

On his book Exploiting the Wilderness: An Analysis of Wildlife Crime
(Our Cover Feature of March 05, 2018)


Leeson, Peter

Peter T. Leeson is the Duncan Black Professor of Economics and Law at George Mason University. He is author of the award-winning The Invisible Hook: The Hidden Economics of Pirates (Princeton, 2009) and WTF?! An Economic Tour of the Weird (Stanford, 2017). Leeson was a Visiting Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago, Visiting Fellow in Political Economy and Government at Harvard University, and the F.A. Hayek Fellow at the London School of Economics. Big Think listed him among “Eight of the World’s Top Young Economists.” He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.


On Rorotoko:

On his book WTF?! An Economic Tour of the Weird
(Our Cover Feature of February 26, 2018)


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)