Kevan Harris is an Assistant Professor in the Sociology Department at University of California, Los Angeles, focusing on development and social change in the global South. He is the author of A Social Revolution: Politics and the Welfare State in Iran (University of California Press, 2017). His current research projects include a comparative study of welfare politics in low and middle-income countries and analysis of class and social mobility in Iran before and after 1979.

Phillip A. Hough is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL USA. His main areas of expertise are global political economy, labor/agrarian movements, global commodity studies, and Latin American development. He is currently working on two book projects. The first,Trajectories of Hegemony and Domination in Colombia, analyzes struggles for labor and land rights in Colombia’s coffee, banana, and coca-producing regions.  His second, Post-Neoliberal Possibilities: Class Formation, Developmental Politics, and the Coffee Crisis in Colombia, examines the plight of Colombia’s cafetero farmers, whose struggles to re-forge a livelihood as commodity producers clashes with an increasingly volatile world market.

Ricardo Jacobs is a PhD candidate in Sociology at Johns Hopkins University. His dissertation is on land, labour and capital accumulation in contemporary South Africa. His forthcoming article –“An Urban Proletariat with Peasant Characteristics: Land Occupations and Livestock Raising in South Africa”  in The Journal of Peasant Studies , draws on his extensive fieldwork at land occupation sites in Cape Town.

Şahan Savaş Karataşli is a comparative-historical sociologist, who is currently working as a Assistant Research Scientist and Lecturer at the Arrighi Center for Global Studies at the Johns Hopkins University. He has published journal articles and book chapters on historical and current processes of financialization, social movements (with a focus on nationalist movements and labor movements), global inequality and international development. Karatasli is currently working on his book project entitled “Global Waves of Nationalism in the Longue Durée: Capitalism, Warfare and State-Seeking Movements”.

Sefika Kumral is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Arrighi Center for Global Studies at the Johns Hopkins University. Her main areas of research include comparative-historical and political sociology with a focus on ethnic violence, democratization, social movements, and far-right. She published articles and book chapters on historical fascism, militarism, ethnic violence, and waves of social unrest in the world. She is currently working on her book project, “Democracy and Ethnic Violence: Societal Origins of Anti-Kurdish Communal Violence in Turkey,” which builds on her dissertation research and examines the emergence of anti-Kurdish communal violence in Turkey in the 21st century.

Tonino Perna è Professore Ordinario di Sociologia Economica presso l’Università degli studi di Messina, e autore di numerosi saggi tra cui: Le città ingovernabili. Il caso Messina (2016), Monete locali e moneta globale. La rivoluzione monetaria del XXI secolo (2014), Eventi estremi. Tempeste climatiche e finanziarie e altri prevedibili disastri sotto il cielo globale (2011), Il manuale del piccolo usuraio (2009), Destra e sinistra. Come siamo cambiati dopo Bobbio (2006), Aspromonte. I parchi nazionali nello sviluppo locale (2002), Fair Trade. La sfida etica al mercato mondiale (1998).

Ben Scully is a lecturer in the Department of Sociology at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg South Africa. His research focuses on labour, livelihoods, social protection, and development with a focus on Southern Africa. He is currently working on a project with Akua Britwum (Cape Coast, Ghana) and Eddie Webster (Wits) comparing rural-urban connections in Ghana and South Africa. He serves as an editor of the Global Labour Journal.

Shaohua Zhan is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. He received his doctoral degree in sociology from the Johns Hopkins University in 2013, where he was a student of Giovanni Arrighi. He also worked at both the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and the State University of New York at Binghamton. His publications focus on labor migration, the hukou system, rural development, land issues, food security, urbanization and state-society relations in China. His research also examines the historical roots of China’s contemporary development problems, and the relationship between China’s domestic dynamics and its international strategy.