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Issue 5.1: About the Authors

Ben Agger

Ben Agger is Professor of Sociology and Humanities at the University of Texas Arlington and Director of the Center for Theory there. Among his recent books are Speeding Up Fast Capitalism and Fast Families, Virtual Children (with Beth Anne Shelton). He is working on The Sixties at 40: Radicals Remember and Look Forward. He can be contacted at

Robert J. Antonio

Robert J. Antonio teaches classical, critical, and continental social theory at the University of Kansas. He can be reached at

Russell Berman

Russell Berman is the Walter A. Haas Professor in the Humanities at Stanford University, with appointments in the Departments of Comparative Literature and German Studies; he is also a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution. He has long been associated with Telos, currently serving as its editor. His book publications range The Rise of the Modern German Novel: Crisis and Charisma; Modern Culture and Critical Theory: Art, Politics and the Legacy of the Frankfurt School; Cultural Studies of Modern Germany: History, Representation and Nationhood; Enlightenment or Empire: Colonial Discourse in German Culture; Anti-Americanism in Europe: A Cultural Problem; and Fiction Sets You Free: Literature, Liberty and Western Culture.

Elisabeth Chaves

Elisabeth Chaves is a doctoral candidate in Governance and Globalization at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), Blacksburg, Virginia. She also holds a J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law. Her work focuses on the changing materiality of discourse and media ecologies, the communication of scholarship, the production of theory, and the political economy of intellectual production. Her dissertation examines the journals, Telos and The Public Interest. She can be reached at

Robert D'Amico

Robert D'Amico is professor of philosophy at University of Florida. He has published in the areas of philosophy of the social sciences, philosophy of history, history of philosophy, philosophy of medicine, and political philosophy. He is currently researching debates about philosophical naturalism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Jamie Faricellia Dangler

Jamie Faricellia Dangler is the author of Hidden in the Home: The Role of Waged Homework in the Modern World-Economy (SUNY Press, 1994). Her current research interests include labor union efforts to respond to changing workforce demographics and new worker needs. She recently completed a salary inequity analysis for seven SUNY campuses and a study of gender inequity and family leave needs in academia.

Russell Jacoby

Russell Jacoby is the holder of the Moishe Gonzales Folding Chair in Critical Theory at UCLA and author of the memoir, "Life in the Off-Ramp: The LA Years."

Timothy W. Luke

Timothy W. Luke is University Distinguished Professor at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Virginia. He also serves as Program Chair, Government and International Affairs in the School of Public and International Affairs, and Director of the Center for Digital Discourse and Culture in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences at Virginia Tech. Co-Editor of Fast Capitalism, he also is a long-time member of the editorial board for Telos, and serves as the Bookline Editor of Telos Press Publishing. His recent books are There is a Gunman on Campus: Tragedy and Terror at Virginia Tech, co-edited with Ben Agger (Rowman & Littlefield, 2008): Museum Politics: Power plays at the Exhibition (University of Minnesota Press, 2002). Capitalism, Democracy, and Ecology: Departures from Marx (University of Illinois Press, 1999), The Politics of Cyberspace, co-edited with Chris Toulouse (Routledge, 1998), and Ecocritique: Contesting the Politics of Nature, Economy, and Culture (University of Minnesota Press, 1997).

Scott G. McNall

Scott G. McNall is professor of sociology, and currently the Executive Director of the Institute for Sustainable Development at California State University, Chico. ( He was a member of the editorial board of Telos during the 1970s and was the editor of Current Perspectives on Social Theory for seven editions. His focus for many years has been the study of organizations and what allows for change, success, and failure. He currently teaches and writes about sustainable development: the intersection of culture, the environment, the economy, and the polity. He is the lead editor for a three-volume series with Praeger Press on Sustainable Business Practices: Global Challenges, Practices and Opportunities. He can be reached at

Alan Sica

Alan Sica is professor of sociology and founder of the Social Thought Program at Penn State; he edited the ASA journal, Sociological Theory, for five years, and is currently editor of the ASA book review journal, Contemporary Sociology. He has been writing about social and cultural theory for 35 years. He wrote for Telos regularly between 1977 and 1988.

Stephen Turner

Stephen Turner teaches philosophy at the University of South Florida, and is Director of the Center for Social and Political Thought. He has written extensively about Weber’s political thought, as well as about issues relating to democracy and science. His Liberal Democracy 3.0: Civil Society in an Age of Experts takes up Schmittian themes about the applicability of the liberal model of political discussion in the face of the extensive role of expert knowledge in contemporary political decision-making. He has also written extensively about Hans J. Morgenthau.

Mark Worrell

Mark Worrell is Assistant Professor of social theory at SUNY Cortland and the editor of The New York Journal of Sociologyav ( His work blends critical and classical social and sociological theory in the areas of antisemitism and authoritarianism research as well as issues in economic and political sociology. Recent and forthcoming publications include articles in Rethinking Marxism, Telos, Critical Sociology, Fast Capitalism, and Current Perspectives in Social Theory.