Geneva Smitherman-Donaldson is a professor in the Department of Speech Communication, Theatre, and Journalism at Wayne State University. She completed her doctoral studies at the University of Michigan and is the author of Talkin and Testifyin: The Language of Black America.
Teun A. van Dijk is a professor of discourse studies at the University of Amsterdam where he also obtained his Ph.D. He is the author of several books on discourse. His latest book is Communicating Racism.