Fernando Coronil is a Venezuelan anthropologist, trained at the University of
Chicago, who now teaches in the Anthropology and History Departments at the
University of Michigan. His work creatively challenges the categories commonly
used to think about the state and the economy. Of late he has been concerned with
systems of meaning and with issues of space and memory in postcolonial situa-
tions. His influential essay "Dismembering and Remembering the Nation: The
Semantics of Violence in Venezuela" appeared in
in Comparative Studies in
Society and History. His book The Magical State: Nature, Money, and Modernity
in Venezuela was published in
by the University of Chicago Press.
Lauren Derby is Harper Instructor in the Social Sciences at the University of
Chicago, where she completed her doctorate in Latin American history in
Her research focuses on popular culture and the state in the Dominican Republic,
Haiti, and Cuba. She is the author of "Haitians, Magic, and Money: Raza and
Society in the Haitian-Dominican Borderlands,
which appeared in
Comparative Studies in Society and History in
and won the
on Latin American History Award. Her dissertation explores civic culture and
public life during the regime of Rafael Trujillo
in the Dominican
Seth Fein teaches modern US. and Latin American history at Georgia State
University. A specialist on US. foreign relations and culture in the twentieth
century, he wrote his dissertation at the University of Texas on Hollywood and
U.S.-Mexican relations in the Golden Age of Mexican cinema
He has
published articles on international mass culture, US. foreign relations, Mexican
development, and film in the journals Studies in Latin American Popular Culture,
Film-Historia, Historia y Grafla, Nuevo Texto Critico, and Secuencia, and chap-
ters in the books Mexico-Estados Unidos: Encuentros y desencuentros en el cine
and Visible Nations: Latin American Cinema and Video, ed. Chon Noriega
Eileen J. Findlay is Assistant Professor of Latin American History at Ameri-
can University. Since completing her doctorate at the University of Wisconsin at
Madison in
she has published several articles on sexuality in late-nineteenth-
and early-twentieth-century Puerto Rico. She is finishing a book about the history
of morality, political culture, and social movements in Puerto Rico that will be
published by Duke University Press.
Gilbert M. Joseph is Professor of History at Yale University and editor of the
Hispanic American Historical Review. He is the author of Revolutionfrom Without:
Yucatan, Mexico, and the United States, 1880-1924 (rev. ed.,
Spanish ed.,
1992), Rediscovering the Past at Mexico's Periphery
Summer of Discontent,
Seasons of Upheaval: Elite Politics and Rural Insurgency in Yucatan, 1876-1915
(with Allen Wells,
and numerous articles on modern Mexico, US. involve-
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