Andre Gunder Frank received his PhD from the University of Chicago and held professorships at at least five universities including the University of Toronto, where he wrote his major work, ReORIENT. His opus includes some forty books and nearly one thousand articles and other pieces in numerous languages, spanning fifty years of global political and economic development. He is best known as the author of “dependency theory” and was one of the founders of the World Systems approach. He lived and traveled widely including significant sojourns in Latin America that brought him into the ken of Che Guevara, Allende, and ultimately Pinochet whose bloody coup drove Gunder Frank back to Europe. Throughout the rest of his life, he continued to break new boundaries of research and thought and was still working on this book until two weeks prior to his death in a hospital in Luxembourg on Saturday the 23rd of April, 2005.
Robert A. Denemark is Associate Professor of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Delaware and received his PhD at the University of Minnesota. He has published on issues of world system analysis in International Studies Quarterly, International Studies Review, Globalizations, Review (Braudel Center), and Review of International Political Economy. He is co-editor of World System History: The Social Science of Long-Term Change (Routledge 2000) and General Editor of the 12-volume The International Studies Encyclopedia (Wiley/Blackwell 2010).