Patrick Bond, a political economist, is research professor at the University of KwaZulu-Natal School of
Development Studies where he directs the Centre for Civil Society (http://www.ukzn.ac.za/ccs). His training was
in economic geography at Johns Hopkins University, finance at the University of Pennsylvania, and economics
at Swarthmore College. Patrick’s recent authored and edited books include Climate Change, Carbon Trading
and Civil Society (UKZN Press and Rozenberg Publishers, 2008); The Accumulation of Capital in Southern
Africa (Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, 2007); Looting Africa: The Economics of Exploitation (Zed Books and
UKZN Press, 2006), Talk Left, Walk Right: South Africa’s Frustrated Global Reforms (UKZN Press, 2006); Elite
Transition: From Apartheid to Neoliberalism in South Africa (UKZN Press, 2005); Fanon’s Warning: A Civil
Society Reader on the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Africa World Press, 2005); and Against Global
Apartheid: South Africa meets the World Bank, IMF and International Finance (Zed Books and University of
Cape Town Press, 2003). Patrick was the drafter of 15 policy papers for the South African government from
1994-2001, and before that worked in the NGO sector in Johannesburg for several years. He was born in
Belfast, Northern Ireland in 1961; grew up in Alabama and Maryland; and moved permanently to Southern Africa
in 1989 following work in the media (Marketplace Radio and Pacifica Radio) and at the Institute for Policy
Studies in Washington, DC.
Al Campbell is a professor of economics at the University of Utah in the United States. His research interests
are focused on theoretical and empirical issues concerning the political economy of contemporary capitalism
and its transcendence. His work has appeared in numerous international peer reviewed journals including
Review of Radical Political Economics, Science and Society and Critique.
Paul Cooney Seisdedos received his doctorate in Economics from the New School for Social Research in
1990. He has worked at the United Nations and at several universities, including the University of Buenos Aires
in the early 1990s, Queens College in New York and currently at the Universidade Federal do Pará in the
Brazilian Amazon since 2006. He has conducted research and published in the areas of economics and
environmental science. His research includes the following topics: NAFTA and the issues of labor and the
environment in maquiladoras, analysis of the neoliberal experiences in Argentina, Brazil and Mexico, the
general law of capitalist accumulation in Latin America, international transfers of value and unequal exchange,
competition and monopoly, and air transport of pesticides and dioxin. His current areas of research include
globalization and accumulation in the Brazilian Amazon, deforestation and ecology, the free trade zone of
Manaus, as well the current crisis and the role of fictitious capital. He has publications in several scholarly
refereed journals, such as: Latin American Perspectives, Revista de Economia Contemporânea and the
Revista de Economia, UFPR. He is also a member of the editorial board of the international journal Capitalism,
Nature, Socialism and has served on the steering committee and as treasurer for the Union for Radical Political
Cliff DuRand is a founder and Research Associate at the Center for Global Justice located in San Miguel de
Allende, GTO Mexico. He holds a Ph.D. in Social Philosophy from Florida State University and taught
Philosophy at Morgan State University in Baltimore for 40 years.
Seongjin Jeong is a professor of economics and the Director of Graduate Program of Political Economy at
Gyeongsang National University, South Korea. He is also the Editor of MARXISM 21, a representative Marxist
journal in South Korea. He received his PhD from Seoul National University, and has written widely on Marxism
and the Korean economy, including articles in Review of Radical Political Economics and Rethinking Marxism.
Some of his works, especially Marx and the Korean Economy (2005), Marx and Trotsky (2006), and Marxist
Perspectives on South Korea in the Global Economy (Ashgate 2007), a volume he co-edited and contributed to,
are received as major contributions to the development of classical Marxism in Korea. He has also translated
some Marxist works into Korean, including books by Robert Brenner, Alex Callinicos, Tony Cliff and Roman
Angela Joya is a PhD candidate in the department of Political Science at York University. She is currently
completing her dissertation titled “Building Capitalism in Egypt: A Study of the Construction and Housing
Sectors, 1991-2004”. She has recently published an article titled “Syria’s Transition, 1970-2005: From
Centralization of the State to Market Economy” in the journal Research in Political Economy. She has also
written and published on US imperialism in the Middle East. Her future research project will examine the
internationalization of the State in Afghanistan.
Minqi Li received his PhD in economics from University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2002. He taught political
science at York University, Canada, from 2003 to 2006. Since 2006, he has been teaching economics in
University of Utah. His recent book: The Rise of China and the Demise of the Capitalist World Economy was
published by Pluto Press and Monthly Review Press in 2009.
Ananya Mukherjee Reed is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at York University,
Toronto, Canada. She is also director of the International Secretariat for Human Development (ISHD) at York.
Her most recent book is, Human Development and Social Power: Perspectives from South Asia (London:
Routledge, 2008). The book attempts to develop a critical conceptualization of human development by focusing
on the three dimensions of political-economy, difference and agency. Her earlier publications include an edited
volume Corporate Capitalism in Contemporary South Asia: Conventional Wisdoms and South Asian Realities
(Basingstoke: Palgrave 2003); Perspectives on India’s Corporate Economy: Exploring the Paradox of Profits
(Basingstoke: Macmillan, 2001); and numerous articles in international refereed journals.
Ake Tangsupvattana is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Political Science, Chulalongkorn University,
Bangkok. He is also Associate Dean for Academic and International Affairs and was a University Council
Member. He obtained his BA in Political Science from Chulalongkorn University, Thailand, and MA in Political
Theory and Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Essex, England. His major research interests are in
globalization, governance, the relations between politics and business, the role of transnational corporations,
especially in the context of corporate social responsibility. His recent international publications are as follows:
“Driving the Juggernaut: From Economic Crisis to Global Governance in Pacific Asia” in Pacific Asia 2022:
Sketching Futures of a Region, Japan Center for International Exchange (2005); ‘Thailand Election 2005:
Towards Authoritarian Populism or Participatory Democratic Governance’ in Elections in Asia: Making
Democracy Work?, Marshall Cavendish International (Singapore) Private Limited (2006); Co-principle
researcher “National Integrity Systems: Transparency International Country Study Report – Thailand 2006”,
John Weeks is Professor Emeritus of Development Economics, School of Oriental and African Studies,
University of London. He is author of numerous books on development, political economy and economic
theory. His research in Southeast Asia has been on Indonesia and Vietnam. In addition to his academic work
he is the principle author of macroeconomic studies for the United Nations on Vietnam, Zambia and Moldova.
Richard Westra has taught at universities around the world including Queen’s University and Royal Military
College, Canada; International Study Center, East Sussex UK; the College of The Bahamas, Nassau, and
Pukyong National University, South Korea.. He has been a Visiting Research Fellow at Focus on the Global
South/Chulalongkorn University Social Research Institute, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand, and is
currently Designated Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Law of Nagoya University, Nagoya, Japan.
His work has been published in numerous international scholarly refereed journals including Journal of
Contemporary Asia, Review of International Political Economy, Review of Radical Political Economics and
Historical Materialism. He is author of Political Economy and Globalization, Routledge 2009. He edited
Confronting Global Neoliberalism: Third World Resistance and Development Strategies (Clarity, 2009) and co-
edited and contributed to Political Economy and Global Capitalism: The 21st Century, Present and Future,
Anthem 2007 and Marxist Perspectives on South Korea in the Global Economy, Ashgate 2007.
Gregory Wilpert is adjunct professor in political science at Brooklyn College’s Graduate Center for Worker
Education and is founder and editor of the website Venezuelanalysis.com. He received his Ph.D. in sociology
from Brandies University in 1994 and in 2000 received a Fulbright grant to teach and do research at the Central
University of Venezuela. He ended up living in Venezuela for eight years, where he wrote articles on Venezuelan
politics for publications such as the New Left Review, Le Monde Diplomatique, Z Magazine, NACLA Report on
the Americas, among many others. He is the author of Changing Venezuela by Taking Power: The History and
Policies of the Chávez Government, Verso 2007.