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Nalini Bhushan is Professor of Philosophy at Smith College. She has wide-ranging interests at the intersection of mind, language and the world. She has written essays in the philosophy of chemistry; on olfactory perception; on the possibility of autistic selfconsciousness; on a viable taxonomy for visual textures, and, more recently, on aesthetics. She is currently working on a book project on Indian philosophy written in English by Indians during the Colonial period.

Namita Goswami was educated at Emory University and is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy at DePaul University. She is interested in Adorno, Spivak, postcolonial, feminist, critical race, and queer theory. Selected publications include “Auto-Phagia and Queer Trans-Nationality: Compulsory Hetero-Imperial Masculinity in Deepa Mehta’s Fire,” SIGNS: A Journal of Women in Culture and Society, Volume 33, No. 2, Winter 2008, 343-370; “The Second Sex: Philosophy, Feminism, Postcolonialism, and the Race for Theory,” Angelaki: Journal of Theoretical Humanities, Volume 13, No. 2 (August 2008), 73-91. She is currently working on a book on philosophy, feminism, and postcolonial theory.

Robin James is an Assistant Professor in the Philosophy Department at UNC Charlotte. She specializes in contemporary continental philosophy, feminist theory, critical race/postcolonial theory, and the philosophy of music (particularly popular music). She has published articles in journals ranging from Hypatia to The Journal of Popular Music Studies, on topics ranging from Rihanna's Afrofuturist critique of traditional philosophical aesthetics to a comparison between Judith Butler's use of "autonomy" and Peaches' use of the electric guitar.

Mariana Ortega is Professor of Philosophy at John Caroll University in Cleveland. Her research focuses on Existential Phenomenology, in particular Heideggerian Phenomenology, Race Theory, and Latina Feminism. She has particular interests in the questions of self and identity, the relationship between the individual and the social, and photographic representations of the racialized body. Her work has appeared in various journals including Hypatia, International Journal of Philosophical Studies, Latino Studies, and Philosophy and Geography. She is coeditor of the anthology Constructing the Nation: A Race and Nationalism Reader, forthcoming with SUNY Press. She is currently working on a book on Latina Feminism, Phenomenology, and Identity.

Mickaella Perina is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Her interests are political and legal philosophy, critical race theory, Caribbean and French philosophy. She has authored Citoyenneté et Sujétion au Antilles Francophones, Post-Esclavage et Aspiration Démocratique (L’Harmattan, 1997) and published numerous articles on citizenship, race and slavery. Her current focus is on political membership and immigration, cosmopolitanism and international law. Recent publications include “Race and the Politics of Citizenship: the Conflict over jus soli and jus sanguinis,” International Studies in Philosophy, Vol. XXXVIII/2, 2006; “Ongoing Diaspora: The Case of the French Caribbean,” Revue Européenne des Migrations Internationales; 2006 (22) 1; and “Beyond Négritude and Créolité: The Ongoing Creolization of Identities,” C. L. R. James Journal, forthcoming, 2009.

Monique Roelofs is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Hampshire College. Her research focuses on aesthetics, the philosophy of art and culture, feminist, postcolonial, and critical race theory. Her articles on the aesthetics of race, nation, detail, relationality, and address have appeared in journals including differences and anthologies including White on White/Black on Black (2005) and Art and Essence (2003). Other essays are forthcoming in Constructing the Nation (2009), Beauty Revisited (2009), and Feminist Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art (2010). She is at work on a book, The Cultural Promise of the Aesthetic, and is coauthoring Reclaiming the Aesthetic in Latin America.

Crispin Sartwell is Associate Professor of Art and Art History at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. He's the author of Act Like You Know: African-American Autobiography and White Identity (University of Chicago Press, 1998) and Six Names of Beauty (Routledge, 2004).

Falguni A. Sheth writes and teaches in the areas of continental and political philosophy, philosophy of race, and legal and feminist theory. She has published articles on Heidegger, Foucault and technologies of race; the hijab as a political fear of liberal societies, racial and intra-racial dynamics in the U.S. political imaginary; feminism, and ethics. She is the author of Toward a Political Philosophy of Race (SUNY, 2009), in which she discusses the racialization of various groups, including Muslims and Arabs, and early twentieth-century South Asian immigrants in the U.S. Most recently, she served on the Immigrant Rights Commission of San Francisco. She is an organizer of the California Roundtable on Philosophy and Race.

Mariángeles Soto-Díaz holds an MFA in painting from Claremont Graduate University and an MA (2009, forthcoming) from the School of Critical Studies at the California Institute of the Arts. Her main area of research is contemporary abstraction--its theory and practice. She is particularly invested in creating models of resistance and infiltration within existing forms of Latin American and North American traditions of geometric abstraction. Soto-Díaz has exhibited internationally and her work has been reviewed in publications such as the L.A. Times, Art Nexus and Arte al Día. She is represented by the Ruth Bachofner Gallery in Los Angeles, Soho20 Gallery in New York, and the Galería Alternativa in Caracas, Venezuela. She lives and works in Southern California.

Ronald Robles Sundstrom is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of San Francisco. His areas of research include race theory, political and social philosophy, African American philosophy, and Asian American philosophy. His publications include “Being & Being Mixed Race” (Social Theory and Practice 27, 2001), “Racial Nominalism” (Journal of Social Philosophy 33:2, 2002), “Race and Place: Social Space in the Production of Human Kinds” (Philosophy and Geography (6:1, 2003), “Douglass & Du Bois’s der Schwarze Volksgeist” (Race And Racism in Continental Philosophy, Indiana, 2003), and The Browning of America and The Evasion of Social Justice (SUNY, 2008).

Paul C. Taylor is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Temple University, and a founding member of the Jamestown Project at Harvard Law School. He received his bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Morehouse College and his Ph.D. in philosophy from Rutgers University. He writes on aesthetics, race theory, Africana philosophy, pragmatism, and social philosophy, and is the author of the book Race: A Philosophical Introduction (Polity, 2004). His recent writings include a coauthored piece on video model Vida Guerra, and he is working on a book called Black is Beautiful: A Philosophy of Black Aesthetics.