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Raymond Grew
Raymond Grew is Professor of History Emeritus at the University of Michigan. The author of books and articles on the modern history of France and Italy, he was editor of the international quarterly, Comparative Studies in Society and History from 1973 to 1997, remains on its board, and has written often on the use of historical comparison. A participant in the global history initiative almost from its inception, his related publications include his essay in Mazlish and Buultjens, eds., Conceptualizing Global History; a review essay on World Historians and Their Goals in History and Theory, 34:4 (1995); "Seeking the Cultural Context of Fundamentalisms," in Martin Marty, ed., Religion, Ethnicity, and Self-Identity: Nations in Transition (1997); "Comparing Modern Japan: Are There More Comparisons to Make," forthcoming in 2002; and two volumes he edited: Food in Global History (1999) and, with André Burguière, The Construction of Minorities (2001).

Akira Iriye
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Martin Klimke
Martin Klimke received his M.A. in History and English from the University of Heidelberg, Germany. He is currently a Research Fellow at the History Department in Heidelberg, working in a joint research project sponsored by the Volkswagen Foundation with Rutgers University, NJ. His work concentrates on the intercultural dimension of global protest in the 1960s with a particular emphasis on West Germany and the U.S.
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Bruce Mazlish
Bruce Mazlish, Professor of History, received his Ph.D. from Columbia University. Professor Mazlish's areas of interest and expertise are Western intellectual and cultural history, with a special nod to history of science and technology, the culture of capitalism, and history of the social sciences. He is also an authority in the interdisciplinary field of psychohistory as well as historical methodology; most recently he has spearheaded an effort to conceptualize global history (editing a volume by that name which appeared in 1993), and has led the effort to further conceptualize and institutionalize global history by means of international conferences and other related initiatives, including the NGH web site. With Professor Akira Iriye, he is presently editing a Reader in Global History for Routledge.

His most recent publications are: The Uncertain Sciences, The Fourth Discontinuity, The Co-Evolution of Humans and Machines, and A New Science: The Breakdown of Connections and the Birth of Sociology. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 1986 he was awarded the Toynbee Prize, an international award in social science.

Elliott Morss
Dr. Elliott R. Morss is the President of The Asia-Pacific Group, a British Virgin Island company established with Chinese partners to transfer technologies from the West to Asia. Trained as an economist, he has taught at the University of Michigan, Harvard University, Boston University, and Brandeis. He has worked in 43 countries, first for the International Monetary Fund and later for the World Bank, the U.S. foreign assistance program, and other donor organizations.

Dominic Sachsenmaier
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Wolf Schäfer
Wolf Schäfer, Professor of History at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, has authored books and articles on social history, history of technoscience, and global history. From the clashing of educated and uneducated thinking in social movements to the cross-fertilization of science and technology in technoscientific networks, he has combined specialized historical studies with a theoretical interest in the writing of history. His approach to contemporary history is driven by the notion that connections between human, social, and natural scientific disciplines are of vital importance in a time of global intercourse between humans and Earth.
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Mohammad H. Tamdgidi
M.H. (Behrooz) Tamdgidi, Assistant Professor of Sociology at UMass Boston (beginning Fall 2003), holds a Ph.D. in sociology and a graduate certificate in middle eastern studies from Binghamton University (SUNY). His areas of specialization and interest include Social Theory, Self and Society, World-Historical Sociology (including New Global History), Sociology of Knowledge, and Comparative Utopistics. Tamdgidi’s central research agenda involves critically revisiting--in a self-reflective, comparative world-historical, and applied sociological framework--the theoretical and methodological underpinnings of western utopian, eastern mystical, and global academic discourses and/or practices in favor of the good life. He is particularly interested in exploring new developments in utopistic discourse and practice in the context of new global history as emergent in recent decades.

Tamdgidi has taught at SUNY Binghamton and SUNY Oneonta, is founder of the virtual "Omar
Khayyam Center for Integrative Research (OKCIR) in Utopia, Mysticism, and the Academy," and edits "Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge."
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