Notes on Contributors

Marcella Bencivenni is an Assistant Professor of History at Hostos Community College of the City University of New York, and a member of S&D editorial board. She has written several articles and book reviews on issues related to Italian American history and American radicalism, and is currently completing a book entitled Italian Immigrant Radical Culture: The Sovversivi in the United States, 1890s-1940s for New York University Press. <>

Mat Callahan is a musician and author from San Francisco who currently resides in Bern, Switzerland. His musical work includes award-winning albums and collaborations such as founding legendary artists' collective Komotion International. He is the author of numerous books and articles, most recently The Trouble with Music (AK Press, 2006). <>; <>

Susan J. Dicker is Associate Professor of English at Hostos Community College, CUNY. She is the author of Languages in America: A pluralist view (Multilingual Matters Ltd.), as well as numerous articles on multilingualism in the United States. <>

Kim Geron is Associate Professor of Political Science at California State University. He studies issues of race, labor, and social movements. His current book project, The Snake Dance of Asian American Activism: Community, Vision, and Power in the Struggle for Social Justice 1945-2000, co-authored with Michael Liu and Tracy Lai (Lexington Books, 2008), uses social movement theory to analyze the rise of Asian American activism in the late 1960s. <>

Ron Hayduk teaches political science at the Borough of Manhattan Community College of the City University of New York. He is the author of Democracy for All and Gatekeepers to the Franchise, and is co-editor of Democracy’s Moment and From ACT UP to the WTO, and Socialism and Democracy's special issue on Race (no. 33). He is Co-Director of the Immigrant Voting Project. <>

Hugh Hamilton is a professional journalist of wide-ranging experience spanning some two decades in both print and broadcast media. He has traveled extensively on assignment in various parts of the world and for several years combined his journalistic expertise with a parallel career in legislative advocacy and community development for the New York City Council. He was born in Guyana and migrated to the United States in 1988. <>

John A Imani has been an anarcho-communist activist for forty years. He is a former teacher in the Los Angeles public schools who single-parented two daughters from the ages of 14 and 6 to adulthood and is the originator of a theater company "The Conspiracy of Equals" that, since its founding in 1995, has produced and staged ten original productions and over 100 performances. <>

Robin Jacobson is Professor of Political Science at Bucknell University. She studies issues of social justice and social movements, and the politics of race and immigration. Her book The New Nativism (University of Minnesota Press, 2008) explores the Right’s impact on immigration politics by looking at the nativist movement in California in the mid-1990s. <>

Susanna Jones is assistant professor and coordinator of the undergraduate social work program at Long Island University, Brooklyn. She is the co-author of “Transnational Social Work: Using a Wraparound Model” in Global Networks: A Journal of Transnational Affairs (2008), and is the author of several forthcoming articles about the challenges facing immigrants, particularly the undocumented. <>

Stefano Luconi teaches US history at the University of Padua and specializes in Italian immigration to the United States. His books include From Paesani to White Ethnics: The Italian Experience in Philadelphia (2001) and The Italian-American Vote in Providence, Rhode Island, 1916-1948 (2004). <>

D.H. Melhem’s seven books of poetry include New York Poems, Conversation with a Stonemason, Country, and Rest in Love. Notes on 94th Street was the first poetry book in English by an Arab American woman. Her critical works include Gwendolyn Brooks and Heroism in the New Black Poetry, which won an American Book Award. Stigma & The Cave (2007) completed her fiction trilogy Patrimonies. She received the RAWI Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007 and is vice-president of the International Women’s Writing Guild. <>

Gerald Meyer is Professor of History (semi-retired) at Hostos Community College of the City University of New York. He is the author of Vito Marcantonio: Radical Politician, 1902-1954 (1989), and co-editor with Philip Cannistraro of The Lost World of Italian American Radicalism (2003). <>

Alicia Ostriker has published eleven books of poetry, including The Volcano Sequence and No Heaven. Her poetry has appeared in many journals and anthologies, and has been translated into French, German, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, Hebrew and Arabic. Her critical work includes Stealing the Language: The Emergence of Women’s Poetry in America and For the Love of God: The Bible as an Open Book. She lives in Princeton, is a Professor Emerita at Rutgers University, and currently teaches in the low-residency Poetry MFA program of New England College.

Héctor Perla Jr. is an Assistant Professor of Latin American and Latino Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz and a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley’s Center for Latin American Studies. He is currently finishing his book Revolutionary Deterrence: U.S. Coercion & Transnational Resistance by Sandinista Nicaragua. <>

LaToya Tavernier is a doctoral candidate in sociology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. <>