Meet the authors of the 61-1 issue, January 2019:
Laurence Coderre is Assistant Professor of Modern China in the Department of East Asian Studies at New York University. She received her PhD in Chinese from University of California, Berkeley in 2015. She also holds AB and AM degrees from Harvard University. Prior to moving to NYU, Coderre was a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Michigan’s Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies. Her research, which focuses on Chinese socialist and postsocialist cultural production, has appeared in Journal of Material Culture, Modern Chinese Literature & Culture, and Journal of Chinese Cinemas, in addition to the edited volumes Maoist Laughter (Hong Kong University, in press), 1968 and Global Cinema (Wayne State, 2018), and Listening to the Cultural Revolution (Palgrave, 2016). Coderre’s work has been supported by the Social Science Research Council, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Fulbright-Hays program. She is currently completing a book on media, materiality, and the commodity-form in the Chinese Cultural Revolution.
James Ferguson is Susan S. and William H. Hindle Professor of Anthropology and the Susan Ford Dorsey Director of African Studies at Stanford University. He has done research for many years in southern Africa, including Lesotho, Zambia, and South Africa, and is the author of several books, including Global Shadows: Africa in the Neoliberal World Order (Duke University Press, 2006) https://www.dukeupress.edu/Global-Shadows/ and Give a Man a Fish: Reflections on the New Politics of Distribution (Duke University Press, 2015).
Saygun Gökarıksel is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at Bogazici University, Istanbul. His current research concerns the legal and political anthropology of transitional justice in Eastern Europe, with a focus on historical memory, state and class formation, nationalist populism, and neoliberal globalization. His recent publications include (with Umut Türem) “The Banality of Exception? Law and Politics in “Post-Coup” Turkey” (forthcoming in South Atlantic Quarterly, January 2019); and “Neither Teleologies nor ‘Feeble Cries’: Revolutionary Politics and Neoliberalism in Time and Space” (Dialectical Anthropology 2018). He is currently working on a book manuscript tentatively titled “Through a Glass Darkly: Transitional Justice and the Remaking of the Public after State Communism.”
Jeanette S. Jouili is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. She has held fellowships at Cornell’s Society for the Humanities, Duke University, and the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research at Amsterdam University. She previously taught at the College of Charleston. Her research and teaching interests include Islam in Europe, secularism, pluralism, popular culture, moral and aesthetic practices, and gender. She is author of Pious Practice and Secular Constraints: Women in the Islamic Revival in Europe (Stanford University Press, 2015) and has published articles in various peer-reviewed journals (including Feminist Review; Muslim World; French Culture, Politics & Society; and Anthropology Quarterly).
Miles Larmer is Professor of African History at the University of Oxford. He has published widely on the modern history of central and southern Africa. His most recent book, co-authored with Erik Kennes, is The Katangese Gendarmes and War in Africa: Fighting Their Way Home (Indiana University Press, 2016). He is currently the Principal Investigator for the research project Comparing the Copperbelt: Political Culture and Knowledge Production in Central Africa.
Rana Mitter is Director of the University China Centre at the University of Oxford, where he is Professor of the History and Politics of Modern China. He is the author of several books, the most recent of which is China’s War with Japan, 1937–45: The Struggle for Survival (Penguin, 2013; U.S. title: Forgotten Ally: China’s World War II). The book won the 2014 RUSI/Duke of Westminster’s Medal for Military Literature, was named as a 2013 Book of the Year in the Financial Times and the Economist, and was named a 2014 Choice Outstanding Academic Title, as well as one of 2014’s “Most Valuable Western Books on China” in Oriental Outlook (东方了望周刊). It was published in Chinese under the title 被遗忘的盟友 (2014). Rana’s previous books include Modern China: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2008; new edition 2016), which has been translated into seven languages; A Bitter Revolution: China’s Struggle with the Modern World (Oxford University Press, 2004), for which the author was named Times Higher Education Supplement Young Academic Author of the Year 2005; and The Manchurian Myth: Nationalism, Resistance and Collaboration in Modern China (University of California Press, 2000). He has led a major Leverhulme Research Leadership project on the history of World War II in China. He was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2015.
Elisha P. Renne is a Professor Emerita in the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies (DAAS) and in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her research interests include African ethnology and infectious disease; fertility and reproductive health; religion and social change; small-scale mining and the environment; and the anthropology of cloth. She published The Politics of Polio in Northern Nigeria (Indiana University Press, 2010), and Indiana UP will also publish her forthcoming volume, Veils, Turbans, and Islamic Reform in Northern Nigeria.
Garrett Ryan earned his PhD in Greek and Roman History from the University of Michigan in 2016. Since then, he has served as a Lecturer in the History and Classics Departments of the University of Michigan and Wayne State University. His research has been published in Classical Antiquity. He is currently finishing a monograph that will discuss the public spaces of cities visited by Roman provincial governors on their annual assize tours as “frames” for communication with local elites. He is also working on toldinstone.com, a public history project designed to tell the stories of cities through buildings and monuments.