Anna Leon-Guerrero is Professor of Sociology at Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, Washington. A recipient of the university’s Faculty Excellence Award, she teaches courses on statistics, sociological theory and social problems. As a social service program evaluator and consultant, her research has focused on welfare reform, employment strategies for the working poor, and program assessment. She is the co-author of Social Statistics for a Diverse Society (with Chava Frankfort-Nachmias).
George Ritzer is Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland, where he has also been a Distinguished Scholar-Teacher and won a Teaching Excellence Award. He was awarded the 2000 distinguished Contributions to Teaching Award by the American Sociological Association and an honorary doctorate from LaTrobe University in australia. He is best-known for The McDonaldization of Society (translated into over a dozen languages) and McDonaldization: The Reader 3 as well as several related books, including expressing America: A Critique of the Global Credit Card Society, Enchanting a Disenchanted World 3, The Globalization of Nothing 2, Globalization: A Basic Text, and The Outsourcing of Everything (forthcoming, with Craig Lair). He is the Editor of the Encyclopedia of Social Theory (2 vols.), the Encyclopedia of Sociology (11 vols.), is currently editing the Encyclopedia of Globalization (5 vols.), and is Founding Editor of the Journal of Consumer Culture.