Notes on Contributors

Roger Burbach is director of the Center for the Study of the Americas (CENSA). He has written widely on Latin America and US foreign policy. He is working on a book, “The New Fire in the Americas: Popular Challenges to Political Parties, the State and a Faltering Empire.” <>

Daniel Egan is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Sociology at the University of Massachusetts/Lowell; his courses include social theory, political sociology, social inequality, and war and peace. His research areas are corporate political power, the intersection of war and neoliberalism, and challenges to neoliberalism. He is co-editor of Power: A Critical Reader (2005). <>

Nigel C. Gibson teaches at the Institute of Liberal Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies at Emerson College. His books include Fanon and the Postcolonial Imagination and the anthologies Rethinking Fanon: The Continuing Dialogue, Adorno: A Critical Reader, and Contested Terrains and Constructed Categories: Contemporary Africa in Focus. His most recent work is Challenging Hegemony: Social Movements and the Quest for a New Humanism in South Africa. He is currently co-editing a volume on Steve Biko. <>

Paget Henry is professor of sociology and Africana Studies at Brown University, and the editor of the CLR James Journal. He is the author of Peripheral Capitalism and Underdevelopment in Antigua and also of Caliban's Reason: Introducing Afro-Caribbean Philosophy. <>

F. Abiola Irele is Professor of African and Afro-American Studies and Romance Languages and Literatures at Harvard University. His books include The African Experience in Literature and Ideology (1981) and The African Imagination: Literature in Africa and the Black Diaspora (2001). He is co-editor of the Cambridge History of African and Caribbean Literature (2 vols., 2004). From 1992 to 2003, he was editor of the journal Research in African Literatures. He is currently editing a collective volume on the African novel for Cambridge University Press. <>

Biodun Jeyifo is Professor of African and African American Studies at Harvard University. He was Professor of English at Cornell University for eighteen years and for a while was Associate Chair of the English Department. He works on the complex connections between literature, critical theory, humanities scholarship, and 20th-century progressive social philosophy. His most recent book is Wole Soyinka: Politics, Poetics, and Postcolonialism (2004). <>

Georgy Katsiaficas has been active in the movement since 1969. He wrote a global history of 1968, The Imagination of the New Left. After living in Berlin, he wrote a first-hand account of the European autonomous movement, The Subversion of Politics (recently republished by AK Press). For years, he was active for Palestinian rights. Together with Kathleen Cleaver, he edited Liberation, Imagination and the Black Panther Party. He is currently finishing a book on uprisings in East Asia, paying special attention to the 1980 uprising in Gwangju, South Korea. <> <>

Teodros Kiros, writer and philosopher, is currently a Du Bois fellow at Harvard University and a lecturer at Boston University. He has taught at Brown University, Emerson College, Suffolk University, and University of Massachusetts. He is the author many articles and several books, including Self-Construction and the Formation of Human Values: Truth, Language and Desire, which won the Michael Harrington award in 1999, and, most recently, Zara Yacob; Rationality of the Human Heart. His novel, Cambridge Days, will be published by Red Sea Press in the coming months. <>

Camila Piñeiro conducted research in Venezuela in 2005 and 2006 for her Latin American Studies M.A. thesis project “Workplace Democracy and Social Consciousness: A Study of Venezuelan Cooperatives.” The first of three parts of her manuscript will be published in Monthly Review in September 2007. <>

Judith Van Allen has been a scholar-activist for more than 40 years. She is currently a Research Fellow at the Institute for African Development, Cornell University. She is working on a book on the political economy of women’s rights and the prospects for feminist “popular democracy” in Botswana in the context of similar struggles within Southern Africa. <>

Victor Wallis, managing editor of Socialism and Democracy, teaches in the Liberal Arts department at the Berklee College of Music. He writes frequently on ecological issues for Capitalism Nature Socialism and has co-edited three special issues of S&D: Radical Perspectives on Race and Racism (2003), Hip Hop, Race, and Cultural Politics (2004), and Socialism and Social Critique in Science Fiction (2006). <>

Kwasi Wiredu is Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of South Florida. He was born in Ghana and studied philosophy at the University of Ghana and at Oxford. He taught philosophy in Ghana for many years and has held visiting professorships in Nigeria and the USA. He has taught courses in African Philosophy and also Logic, Epistemology and Metaphysics. <>