Kurt H. Wolff is professor emeritus at Brandeis University, where he taught sociology until his retirement in 1982. Before that, he taught at Earlham College and Ohio State University. He is author of a number of books and many essays in the field, noteworthy of which are Surrender and Catch: Trying Sociology; and Beyond The Sociology of Knowledge. He has been a key figure in the International Sociological Association, serving as president of its research committees on the sociology of knowledge, and on the history of sociology, and served as Fulbright Senior Lecturer in Rome and Australia. He is the recipient of awards by several foundations.
Volker Meja is professor of sociology at Memorial University in Newfoundland. His other works include Politics and Knowledge, Society and Knowledge, and Modern German Sociology. David Kettler is research professor at Bard College in New York. Before that he held senior positions at the Ohio State University and Trent University. His books include Adam Ferguson: His Social and Political Thought; Domestic Regimes, the Rule of Law, and Democratic Social Change;and Sociology as Political Education. In addition his work has appeared in numerous journals, including Journal of Modern History, Political Science Quarterly, and International Sociology.