Jackie Smith is Professor, Department of Sociology at the University of Pittsburg. She is also the editor of Journal of World-Systems Research. Smith’s most recent books include Social Movements in the World-System: The Politics of Crisis and Transformation, with Dawn Wiest; Handbook on World Social Forum Activism, co-edited with Scott Byrd, Ellen Reese, & Elizabeth Smythe; Globalization, Social Movements and Peacebuilding, co-edited with Ernesto Verdeja, and Social Movements for Global Democracy (2008).
Scott Byrd earned his Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of California, Irvine. His research and writing have appeared in Globalizations, Mobilization, Social Movement Studies and the Journal of World-Systems Research. He currently serves as the technical editor of the Journal of World-Systems Research. He is the founder of the Broad Cove Institute, a non-profit research organization supporting small social justice organizations.
Ellen Reese is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of California-Riverside. Her research focuses on poverty, welfare state development, urban politics, and social movements. Her book, Backlash Against Welfare Mothers: Past and Presents (2005) examines long-term transformations in the U.S. welfare state. She is also coeditor with Amalia Cabezas and Marguerite Waller of The Wages of Empire: Neoliberal Policies, Repression, and Women's Poverty (Paradigm Publishers 2007). She is currently writing a new book, They Say Cutback; We Say Fight-back! Welfare Rights Activism in an Era of Retrenchment.
Elizabeth Smythe is a professor of political science at Concordia University College of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta.