Volume 63, Issue 3

Meet the authors of the 63-3 issue, July 2021.

Charles Anderson is Associate Professor of History at Western Washington University. He is also a senior editor and co-manager of reviews at Arab Studies Journal. He was the recipient of a Harry Frank Guggenheim award for his first book project, a history from below of the Great Revolt (1936–1939) in Palestine and its social roots. His 2018 article in Middle Eastern Studies on landlessness in Arab Palestine prior to the revolt won the journal’s Elie and Sylvia Kedourie Prize for Outstanding Article for the year. His publications have also appeared in Journal of Palestine StudiesJerusalem QuarterlyReview of Middle East Studies, and the Social Movements and Popular Mobilisation in the Middle East and North Africa occasional paper series of the Middle East Centre at the London School of Economics.

Peter Brandon’s interests are in the areas of economic inequality, and poverty, and welfare participation, with a special focus on the socioeconomic mobility over the life-course of female heads of families. Much of his research in these areas uses a mix of cross-sectional, longitudinal, and time diary data. He has also studied immigrants’ transitions into American society and accessibility to childcare among mothers raising children with disabilities. Among other research and academic appointments, Brandon was the Adam Smith Fellow at the University of Glasgow in 2015, a visiting fellow to the U.S. Bureau of the Census, and a Professorial Fellow at the Australian National University.

Richard Lachmann is Professors of Sociology at the University at Albany, State University of New York. He is the author of First Class Passengers on a Sinking Ship: Elite Politics and the Decline of Great Powers,which examines the decline of dominant economic and military powers in early modern Europe and the contemporary United States. He is researching media coverage of war deaths in the United States and Israel from the 1960s to the present. He is the author Capitalists in Spite of Themselves: Elite Conflict and Economic Transitions in Early Modern Europe (Oxford, 2000) States and Power (Polity 2010); and What Is Historical Sociology? (Polity 2013).

Charles A. McDonald is the Sava Ranisavljevic Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Northwestern University, with secondary appointments in Jewish Studies and Anthropology. He previously held the Samuel W. and Goldye Marian Spain Postdoctoral Fellowship at Rice University. His interests include race, religion, and sexuality; migration and citizenship; law and ethics; empire and colonialism; queer studies; and experimental ethnography. He has conducted long-term fieldwork in Spain, the United States, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. McDonald is currently finishing a book manuscript provisionally titled “Return to Sepharad,” which is an ethnography of political projects that seek the “return” of Jews and Judaism to Spain more than five hundred years after they were expelled. He is also working on a new project about queer underground nightlife in the age of COVID. His research has been supported by the Social Science Research Council (SSRC), Wenner-Gren Foundation, Center for Jewish History, American Academy for Jewish Research, and the Posen Foundation. McDonald received his Ph.D. in Anthropology and Historical Studies from the New School for Social Research, where he is currently the Managing Director of the Institute for Critical Social Inquiry.

Duncan Money is a historian of Central and Southern Africa. Currently, he works as a Researcher at the African Studies Centre Leiden and is a Research Associate at the University of the Free State. He is the co-editor (with Danelle van Zyl-Hermann) of Rethinking White Societies in Southern Africa: 1930s–1990s (Routledge, 2020), and author of the forthcoming book “In a Class of their Own: White Mineworkers on Zambia’s Copperbelt”(Brill, 2021). See his websitehttps://duncan.money for more information.

Michael G. Peletz is Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Anthropology and former Chair of the Department of Anthropology at Emory University. His publications include Sharia Transformations: Cultural Politics and the Rebranding of an Islamic Judiciary (University of California Press, 2020); Gender Pluralism: Southeast Asia Since Early Modern Times (Routledge, 2009); Islamic Modern: Religious Courts and Cultural Politics in Malaysia (Princeton, 2002); and Bewitching Women, Pious Men: Gender and Body Politics in Southeast Asia (University of California Press, 1995), edited with Aihwa Ong.

Jon Piccini is a lecturer at Australian Catholic University, where his research focuses on the history of contemporary Australia in the world. His second monograph, Human Rights in Twentieth-Century Australia, appeared with Cambridge University Press in 2019 (paperback, 2021). His previous publications include Transnational Protest, Australia and the 1960s: Global Radicals (Palgrave, 2016); and the co-edited collection (with Evan Smith and Matthew Worley) The Far Left in Australia since 1945 (Routledge, 2018).

Ed Pulford is a Lecturer in Chinese Studies at the University of Manchester, UK. His research and teaching focus on anthropological and historical approaches to Eurasian borderlands, Sino-Russian relations, and comparative experiences of socialism and imperialism. He has lived and worked in China, Russia, Japan, and Korea, and his first book, Mirrorlands: Russia, China, and Journeys in Between (Hurst, 2019),explores Russia-China connections across time via a travelogue through the countries’ shared borderlands.

Matthias van Rossum is Senior Researcher at the International Institute of Social History (IISH) in Amsterdam. He specializes in social and global labor history. His research interests and publications focus on the history of slavery and slave trades (Testimonies of EnslavementKleurrijke TragiekDe Slavernij in Oost en West), the history of maritime labor and intercultural relations (Werkers van de wereld), and labor resistance (Desertion in the Early Modern World and A Global History of Runaways). Hewas awarded the Veni Grant by the Dutch Science Foundation for his research project Between Local Debts and Global Markets: Explaining Slavery in South and Southeast Asia 1600–1800(2016–2019). He is currently involved in collaborative projects on the dynamics of diversity and racialization in the Dutch Empire (Resilient Diversity), and on developing a slave trade database for the Indian Ocean and Indonesian Archipelago worlds (Exploring Slave Trade in Asia). 

Sonia Rupcic is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Population Studies and Training Center at Brown University. She earned her Ph.D. from the Department of Anthropology at the University of Michigan in 2020. Her scholarship brings together legal and medical anthropology to investigate social categories of harm with a special focus on the intersection of gender, ethnicity and violence. Her current book project, “Making Criminal Sex,” examines how survivors of sexual violence in South Africa seek justice in the context of a national drive to more effectively police, prosecute, and punish sexual offences. Her research has been supported by SSRC, Fulbright, Wenner-Gren, NSF, ACLS, and the Rackham Graduate School at the University of Michigan.