Notes on Contributors

Mary Boger, a founding member of the New York Marxist School/Brecht Forum, is a long-time Capital teacher for movement activists and has been involved in solidarity and human rights struggles for many years. Her CUNY Ph.D. dissertation in Sociology is entitled “A Ghetto State of Ghettos: Palestinians under Israeli Citizenship.”

Jodi Dean teaches political theory at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. She is the author of seven books, including Democracy and Other Neoliberal Fantasies, Blog Theory, and The Communist Horizon.

Grover Furr is a professor of at English at Montclair State University in New Jersey. Born in Washington DC, he grew up in Montreal, graduating from McGill University and subsequently receiving from Princeton University a Ph.D. in Medieval Comparative Literature (English, German, Russian). He has done extensive research on Soviet history and is the author of Khrushchev Lied (2011), reviewed in S&D #59.

Efe Can Gürcan is a PhD student in sociology at Simon Fraser University. His writings include an article on Cuban agrarian movements in Latin American Perspectives, a co-authored article on the political economy of “food security” in Rural Sociology, a review essay on food sovereignty in Kasarinlan, an article on regionalism in Journal of Social Research & Policy, and book chapters on (respectively) Cuba, Turkey, and Gramsci’s view of regionalism.

Inez Hedges is Professor of Languages, Literatures and Cultures at Northeastern University, where she was also the founding director of the Cinema Studies program. Her latest book is Framing Faust: 20th Century Cultural Struggles (2005). She is currently working on film and collective memory in eight countries. Her play Children of Drancy has been performed on stages in Boston and Mount Desert Island, Maine, and she is writing a new play on the French surrealist photographer and resistance heroine Claude Cahun.

Peter Mayo is a professor of Education Studies at the University of Malta and a member of the graduate research faculty in Education at the University of Verona, Italy. His most recent books are Politics of Indignation: Imperialism, Postcolonial Disruptions and Social Change (2012), Learning with Adults: A Critical Pedagogical Introduction (with Leona English, 2012), and Echoes from Freire for a Critically Engaged Pedagogy (2012). He is editor of the journal Postcolonial Directions in Education, co-editor of Palgrave Macmillan’s series Postcolonial Studies in Education, and editor of Sense Publishers’ series International Issues in Adult Education.

Liz Mestres, one of the founders and until recently an executive director of the Brecht Forum, is a graphic designer, a long-time solidarity activist, and a member of the S&D editorial board.

Joseph G. Ramsey is a writer, scholar, educator, and activist in Somerville, Massachusetts. He co-edits Cultural Logic: an electronic journal of marxist theory and practice ( and is a member of the S&D editorial board. A regular contributor to Counterpunch, Dissident Voice, and the Kasama Project (, he is currently editing a volume on “Social Movements and Scholactivism” and researching the radical fiction of Guy Endore, Ralph Ellison, and Richard Wright.

Benjamin Shepard is the author/editor of five books including The Beach Beneath the Streets: Contesting New York’s Public Spaces (with co-author Greg Smithsimon), and Play, Creativity and Social Movements: If I Can’t Dance It’s Not My Revolution.

Paula Vidal Molina teaches in the Faculty of Sociology at the University of Chile in Santiago. She has a Ph.D. in Social Work from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. She is the co-author and co-editor of Marx en el siglo XXI.

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