Richard Appelbaum is professor of sociology and director of the Institute for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Research at the University of California at Santa Barbara. He is co-author of the forthcoming Behind the Label, on the Los Angeles apparel industry.
Gabriel Arana is a senior editor at The American Prospect. His articles on gay rights, immigration, and media have appeared in publications including The New Republic, The Nation, Salon, The Advocate, and The Daily Beast.
Iason Athanasiadis studied for an M.A. in Contemporary Iranian Studies at Tehran's School of International Relations and is currently a 2007–2008 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. He spent 10 years covering the Middle East for many newspapers including the Asia Times, The Daily Telegraph and The Guardian.