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Hormoz Shahdadi, Adjunct Faculty, Political Science Department, UMass Boston Dr. Shahdadi is an Iranian born writer and political scientist. He has widely published in Iran and currently is associated with both departments of political science and sociology at Umass Boston. hormoz.shahdadi@umb.edu

Jennifer Shea, Doctoral Student, McCormack School of Policy Studies, UMass Boston Shea is a Ph.D. candidate at the McCormack School of Policy Studies at UMASS Boston and holds an M.A. in International Studies from the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver. Her current research, which focuses on the links between theory, ideology and policy outcomes in areas related to social welfare policy, stems from her previous academic and programmatic experience in democracy, human rights, and social justice. jennifer.shea@worldnet.att.net

Tim Sieber, Professor and Chair, Anthropology, UMass Boston Tim Sieber is a social anthropologist with long-term interests in critical urban cultural and educational studies, and has worked in the US, Venezuela, and Portugal. Among other publications on education, Tim is co-editor of Achieving Against the Odds: How Academics Become Teachers of Diverse Students (2001). His "Popular Music and Cultural Identity in the Cape Verdean Post-Colonial Diaspora" appeared in Etnographica in 2005. tim.sieber@umb.edu

Rajini Srikanth, Honors Program Director and Associate Professor, English, UMass Boston Professor Srikanth specializes in Literature of the American South, Asian American Literature, Native American Writing, Gender Issues, South Asian Diaspora; Race; and Pedagogy. Her research & writing Interests include Asian American Studies, Race and Literature, Pedagogy and Multiculturalism, Native American Literature. She is the author of The World Next Door: South Asian American Literature and the Idea of America (Temple UP, 2004); White Women in Racialized Spaces: Imaginative ransformation and Ethical Action in Literature (SUNY Press, 2002); and Bold Words: A Century of Asian American Writing (Rutgers, 2001). She has co-edited A Part, Yet Apart: South Asians in Asian America (Temple U.P., 1998) and Contours of the Heart: South Asians Map North America (Asian American Writers' Workshop, 1996). Her articles have appeared in Mississippi Quarterly, Amerasia Journal, Critical Mass: A Journal of Asian American Cultural Criticism; Asian Pacific American Journal; Journal of Asian American Studies; and The Subcontinental. rajini.srikanth@umb.edu

Karen Suyemoto, Assistant Professor, Asian American Studies and Psychology, UMass Boston Dr. Suyemoto’s area’s specialization are Clinical Psychology; Asian American Studies; Mental Health and Identity in Asian Americans; Multiracial Issues; Identity Development and Issues of Diversity (Ethnicity, Race, Gender, and Sexual Orientation). In particular she focuses on Asian American psychology and issues related to social justice and anti-racist therapy practice/education. Dr. Suyemoto’s particular personal research interest lies in the social/individual construction of identities, particularly racial and ethnic identities and other variables that are related to oppressed status (race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation) or experiences of oppression (e.g. the WWII Japanese American internment). karen.suyemoto@umb.edu

Mohammad H. (Behrooz) Tamdgidi, Assistant Professor, Sociology, UMass Boston Tamdgidi teaches social theory at UMass Boston. He holds a PhD and MA in sociology (in conjunction with a graduate certificate in Middle Eastern studies) from SUNY-Binghamton and a BA in architecture from U.C. Berkeley. His fields of theoretical specialization include self and society, world- historical sociology, sociology of knowledge, social movements, and utopias. Tamdgidi's research and teaching are framed by an interest in understanding how personal self-knowledges and world-historical social structures constitute one another. His continuing research on liberating social theory in self and world-historical contexts is pursued via critical comparative/integrative explorations of utopian, mystical, and scientific discourses and practices. Tamdgidi’s publications include “Toward a Dialectical Conception of Imperiality: The Transitory (Heuristic) Nature of the Primacy of Analyses of Economies in World-Historical Social Sciene” (forthcoming, Review: Journal of the Fernand Braudel Center), “Open The Antisystemic Movements: The Book, The Concept and The Reality” (2001, Review: Journal of the Fernand Braudel Center), “Rethinking Sociology: Self, Knowledge, Practice, and Dialectics in Transitions to Quantum Social Science” (2004, The Discourse of Sociological Practice), and “Mysticism and Utopia: Toward the Sociology of Self- Knowledge and Human Architecture (A Study in Marx, Gurdjieff, and Mannheim)” (2002, PhD Dissertation). Tamdgidi is the founding editor of Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-knowledge. mohammad.tamdgidi@umb.edu

Shirley Tang, Assistant Professor, Asian American Studies and American Studies, UMass Boston Shirley Tang's teaching/research interests are: comparative race/ethnicity/culture; Asian immigrant/refugee community studies; urban cultural history; youth activist art; and HIV/AIDS risks in immigrant communities. Her recent publications include: "Learning to Build a Healthy Community: Youth Development for Street-Involved Cambodian American Women in Revere, Massachusetts," "Community Development as Public Health/Public Health as Community Development: A Report on the HIV/AIDS Needs assessment in Lowell, Massachusetts," and "An Assessment of Khmer American Community Needs in Lynn, Massachusetts." She has co-written the first national report on HIV/AIDS risks among Asian and Pacific Islander women, and is currently completing a book manuscript on the development of the Cambodian American community in Revere, Massachusetts, focusing on the role of and relationship between urban community development efforts, cultural practices and historical memory. shirley.tang@umb.edu

Ann Torke, Assistant Professor, Art, UMass Boston Professor Torke received her MFA from the University of California San Diego and participated in the Whitney Independent Studies Program. She is an interdisciplinary artist working in installation, video and sculpture. Her work has been exhibited internationally at venues like Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, Buffalo New York, Art in General, NYC and de Balie, Amsterdam. Recent solo shows include the Bancroft Collaborative, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, The Newport Art Museum, Newport Rhode Island, and the Boston Sculptors Gallery this spring. Ann.Torke@umb.edu

Tony Van Der Meer, Adjunct Professor of Africana Studies, UMass Boston. tony.vandermeer@umb.edu Courses Prof. Van Der Meer has taught at UMass Boston include “African American Consciousness,” “Martin & Malcolm X,” and “Civli Rights Movements.” He has a long history as a community organizer and activist in the Roxbury and Dorchester areas of Boston.

Paola Zaccaria, Dept. of Linguistica, letteratura e filologia, Università di Bari Professor Zaccaria, former President of the Italian Society of Literary Women (SIL), teaches 20th-century American and English avant-gardes, Poetry, Anglo-American Feminist Criticism, Latina Writers and African American Literature, Border and Diapora Studies, Literary and Film Theory. She has introduced Visual Studies in Bari University where she has started a Master Course in Cultural Studies, Communication and Visual Culture. She is currently working on transcodifications (on the relationships between literature and visual technologies she edited a book bearing the title ranscodificazioni (Meltemi, Roma 2005), and on transnationalism, intercultural translation and transfigurations. Zaccaria has written numberless book chapters and journal articles, edited books on women’s autobiography, cultural studies, film studies and transcodifications. Her most recent books are: A lettere scarlatte. Poesia come stregoneria (FrancoAngeli, Milano 1995); Mappe senza frontiere. Cartografie letterarie dal modernismo al transnazionalismo (Palomar, Bari 1999); La lingua che ospita. Poetica, politica, traduzione (Meltemi, Roma, 2005). Zaccaria is the Italian translator and editor of Borderlands/La frontera (Palomar, Bari 200). She met and interviewed Anzldua in 1998 and has been teaching her work in her classes since then. mestiza@libero.it

Samuel Zalanga, Associate Professor of Sociology, Bethel University, St. Paul, Minnesota Dr. Zalanga trained in Nigeria and the U.S., and recipient of MacArthur Scholar’s Fellowship at the University of Minnesota. Zalanga has done sociological field work in Malaysia and Nigeria. Broad areas of research interest include Sociology of Development; Religion and Social Change; Social Inequality and Sociology of Work. Recent publications include “Indigenous Capitalists: The Development of Indigenous Investment Companies in Relation to Class, Ethnicity, and the State in Malaysia and Fiji” (with Erik Larson, 2004), “Teaching and Learning Social Theory to Advance Social Transformation: Some Insights, Implications, and Practical Suggestions from Paulo Freire,” in The Discourse of Sociological Practice (DSP), University Massachusetts, Boston, Department of Sociology; Fall 2004. His "Islam and National Development: A Cross-cultural comparison of the Role of Religion in the Process of Economic Development and Cultural Change" in Geographies of Muslim Identities: Representations of Diaspora, Gender and Belonging, edited by Cara Aitchison, Peter Hopkins and Mei-Po Kwan, is forthcoming. “Hegel’s Philosophy of Freedom, God, and the State as World-Historical Discourse on Power and Domination: The West versus the Rest of the World in Edward Said’s Critical Hermeneutic,” in The Discourse of Sociological Practice (DSP) Volume 7, 2005. Forthcoming: (With Amos Yong) "What Empire, Which Multitude? Pentecostalism and Social Liberation in North America and Sub-Saharan Africa." In Evangelicals and Empire, edited by Bruce Ellis Benson and Peter Heltzel (Spring 2006). szalanga@bethel.edu

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