Glenn A. Elmer Griffin is a licensed clinical psychologist and forensic psychologist in practice in Pasadena, California. He is also professor of psychology and a founding member of the new Department of Critical Theory and Social Justice at Occidental College in Los Angeles.
Brinda J. Mehta is professor of French and francophone studies at Mills College, Oakland. She is the author of three books, Corps infirme, corps infâme: la femme dans le roman bal-zacien (1992); Diasporic (Dis)locations: Indo-Caribbean Women Writers Negotiate the Kala Pani (2004); and Rituals of Memory in Contemporary Arab Women’s Writing (forthcoming 2007). She is currently finishing her fourth book, “Framing Diaspora in Francophone Caribbean Women’s Writing.”
Kezia Page is assistant professor of English at Colgate University, Hamilton, where she teaches Caribbean and African Diaspora literatures. Her work has appeared in the Journal of West Indian Literature and Anthurium. Her research interests include Caribbean migrancy and diaspora, as well as Caribbean popular culture and national identity.
Ashley Dawson is associate professor of English at the College of Staten Island, City University of New York. He is the author of Mongrel Nation: Diasporic Culture and the Making of Postcolonial Britain and co-editor of Exceptional State: Contemporary U.S. Culture and the New Imperialism, both forthcoming.
Wendy Knepper is guest lecturer at Humboldt University, Berlin. Recently, she completed a postdoctoral fellowship project on Patrick Chamoiseau at Harvard University (2003–2004), and New York University (2004–2005). Her main areas of research and teaching include Caribbean literature, postcolonial crime fiction, film, and gender studies.
Vivian Nun Halloran is assistant professor of comparative literature at Indiana University, where she teaches Caribbean literature, literary theory, postmodern literature about slavery, and food in popular culture. She is finishing a book manuscript on mourning in Caribbean postmodern historical novels about slavery.
Dionne M. R. C. Benjamin-Smith studied at the College of The Bahamas and the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in Providence, Rhode Island. After working commercially in The Bahamas as an advertising and art director for a number of years, she now owns a design and illustration firm in Nassau with her husband, artist Jolyon Smith. She is the recipient of a number of scholarships, grants, and awards and has participated in numerous group exhibitions in The Bahamas, the US, Germany, and the UK.
Sharon L. Green is associate professor of theatre at Davidson College, North Carolina. Her work on community-based theatre has been published in Theatre Topics and Theater, and online in Arts in the Public Interest News. Other work has been published in Theatre Journal and the Journal of Women’s History. She is an active member of the Theatre and Social Change Focus Group of the Association of Theatre in Higher Education.
Donna P. Hope is finalizing a PhD in cultural studies at George Mason University, Fairfax. She lectures in the Department of Government, University of the West Indies, Mona. She is the author of Inna di Dancehall: Popular Culture and the Politics of Identity in Jamaica (2006), and has published several articles on dancehall culture.
Christian Campbell is a Bahamian poet and cultural critic. He read English and tutored at Balliol College and University of Oxford, and is a PhD candidate in English at Duke University. His work has recently appeared in theCaribbean Review of Books and Indiana Review.
Jennifer Rahim is a lecturer in English in the Department of Liberal Arts at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine. Her essays have appeared in Journal of West Indian Literature, MaComere and Anthurium, and Small Axe. She is the author of two volumes of poetry, Mothers Are Not the Only Linguists (1992) and Between the Fence and the Forest (2002). A collection of short stories, Songster and Other Stories, and a collection of poems, You Are Morning in Me, are due to be published by Peepal Tree Press in 2006.
Mike Alleyne is an associate professor in the Department of Recording Industry at Middle Tennessee State University. His articles have been published in journals such as Bucknell Review, Small Axe, Popular Music & Society, Social & Economic Studies, and The Griot. Both these and his several book chapter contributions mainly highlight conflicts between commercialization and culture in Caribbean music. He is also an editorial board member of the journal,Popular Music & Society.
Bibi Bakare-Yusuf is an independent scholar with a PhD in interdisciplinary women and gender studies from the University of Warwick. Her research interests focus on gender and youth expressive cultures in the African world, cultural studies, and feminist theory and politics.
Sonjah Stanley Niaah is a lecturer in cultural studies at the University of the West Indies, Mona. She is currently working on three book projects including two edited collections on Jamaican culture, one (with Bibi Bakare-Yusuf) a reader on dancehall culture, and the other on the production of celebrity. She has published on dancehall in Space and Culture, Discourses in Dance, African Identities, and Proudflesh.
Idara Hippolyte studied English and mathematics at the University of the West Indies Mona. She contributed to the 2004 edition of Interventions devoted to Jamaican popular culture and completed a doctorate on Jamaican dancehall and postmodernism at the University of Oxford in 2005.
Carolyn Cooper is professor of literary and cultural studies at the University of the West Indies, Mona, where she teaches Caribbean, African, and African-American Literature. She is the director of the Institute of Caribbean Studies and coordinator of the University’s International Reggae Studies Centre, an academic project she initiated. She is the author of Noises in the Blood: Orality, Gender and the ‘Vulgar’ Body of Jamaican Popular Culture (1993), and Sound Clash: Jamaican Dancehall Culture at Large (2004).