Linda Beail is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Margaret Stevenson Center for Women's Studies at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, California. Her current research focuses on feminism and maternal memoir, and she has a book chapter forthcoming on the intersection of faith and feminism in mothering. She most recently contributed to Pulpit Politics: Clergy in American Politics at the Advent of the Millennium (2004).

Francis A. Beer is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Colorado, Boulder where he teaches international relations. His most recent book is Meanings of War and Peace (Texas A&M 2001). He is currently working on the connection between metaphor and world politics in the context of global political communication.

G. R. Boynton is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Iowa. His current research is on global news broadcasting and English feudalism.

Michelle Brophy-Baermann is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, where she teaches courses on public opinion, media politics, and popular culture. Her current research examines the role of the mainstream media in the welfare-reform debate. She has published in Social Science Quarterly and contributed chapters on Congressional races to the 1998 and 2000 edition of The Roads to Congress.

Mary Caputi is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the California State University, Long Beach, where she teaches political thought and feminist theory. Her first book is Voluptuous Yearnings: A Feminist Theory of the Obscene (Rowman and Littlefield 1994). It addresses various feminist responses to pornography and the obscene. She is working on a second book, about American melancholia, to be published by the University of Minnesota Press.

Leah Ceccarelli is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Speech Communication at the University of Washington. Her specialty is the rhetoric of science; and she also does rhetorical criticism, rhetorical theory, and public address. Her publications include Shaping Science with Rhetoric: The Cases of Dobzhansky, Schrödinger, and Wilson (Chicago 2001); "Rhetorical Criticism and the Rhetoric of Science," Western Journal of Communication (2002); and "Polysemy: Multiple Meanings in Rhetorical Criticism," Quarterly Journal of Speech (1998).

Samuel A. Chambers teaches political theory in the Department of Political Science at Penn State University. His work has appeared in journals such as Political Theory, American Journal of Political Science, Theory & Event, and Journal of American Culture. His first book, Untimely Politics (Edbinurgh and New York University Presses), was published in 2003. He is currently at work on a book manuscript on the political theory of Judith Butler.

Sebastian Chevrel is a freelance technologist focusing on interactive media and visual programming. He was the lead programmer at Second Story studios from 2000 to 2003. While there, he developed a number of award-winning projects for his clients, including the Smithsonian Institution and MoMA.

Dana L. Cloud is an Associate Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Texas, Austin, where she teaches rhetorical theory and criticism, feminist and Marxist theory, rhetorics of popular culture, and public sphere theory. Her work appears in Critical Studies in Media Communication, Rhetoric and Public Affairs, and a number of other journals. It focuses on the critique of ideological discourses and the rhetoric of social movements. Most recently she is working on a study of visual rhetorics of nationalism in popular culture and a book on dissident labor union movements. Sage published her book on Control and Consolation in American Culture and Politics: Rhetorics of Therapy in 1998. She is active in movements against war and for social justice in Austin, where she lives with her daughter, Samantha, and several other animals.

Celeste Michelle Condit is a Research Professor in the Department of Speech Communication at the University of Georgia. She has published five books. The latest is The Meanings of the Gene (Wisconsin 1999), the major product of an NHGRI/ELSI grant. She also has published over forty scholarly articles, with recent work on genetics appearing in Critical Studies in Mass Communication, Rhetoric and Public Affairs, and Public Understanding of Science. Her work on the social impacts of genetics was initiated through training in genetics on a University of Georgia Study in a Second Discipline Fellowship.

Alfonso J. Damico teaches political theory in the Department of Political Science at the University of Iowa. He has a long-standing interest in modern political theory. The current essay is part of a group dealing with the broader topic of liberal tolerance and the politics of identity. He is the editor of Liberals on Liberalism (Roman and Littlefield 1986).

Kenneth De Luca is a Professor of Political Science and Western Culture at Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia, where he teaches Western history and literature, American government, and political theory. His recent research is on Plato, Thucydides, Sophocles, Machiavelli, and Locke. His published work includes Aristophanes' Male and Female Revolutions (Lexington 2005) and "The Argument of Casablanca and the Meaning of the Third Rick," to appear in Political Philosophy Comes to Rick's (James Pontuso, ed., Lexington).

David Depew is a Professor in the Department of Communication Studies Department and the Project on Rhetoric of Inquiry at the University of Iowa. His interests focus on the history, philosophy, and rhetoric of evolutionary biology. He is co-author, with Bruce H. Weber, of Darwinism Evolving: Systems Dynamics and the Genealogy of Natural Selection (MIT Press l995). He is currently working with Marjorie Grene on A History of the Philosophy of Biology, to be published by Cambridge University Press and with Weber on a collection on Learning, Meaning, and Evolution, for MIT Press.

Richard Doyle an is an Associate Professor of Rhetoric in the Department of English at the Pennsylvania State University. He writes about science and technology. On Beyond Living: Rhetorical Transformations of the Life Sciences (Stanford 1997) analyzes the complex interplay between language and scientific innovation in molecular biology. Wetwares: Experiments in Post Vital Living (Minnesota, forthcoming) researches the effects and promises of contemporary biotechnology on our practices of pleasure, identity, and embodiment. Doyle has also recently completed a novel, The Grasshopper Lies Heavy, on the work of science fiction author Philip K. Dick. Now he is writing a book on the history of nanotechnology and its role in the cultural evolution of human beings -- LSDNA: Consciousness Expansion and the Nanotechnological Imperative.

Chuck Dyke is a Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Temple University. His books include The Evolutionary Dynamics of Complex Systems (1987) and Through the Genetic Maze. His forthcoming paper on "Identities: The Dynamical Dimensions of Diversity" was written in collaboration with Carl Dyke, former student and ongoing son, and will appear in the anthology Diversity and Community: A Critical Reader edited by Philip Alperson.

Cara S. Finnegan is Associate Professor of Speech Communication and of Art History at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Steve Fuller is a Professor of Sociology at the University of Warwick. He founded the research program of social epistemology, and that is the name of a quarterly journal he created with Taylor & Francis in 1987 as well as the first of his books (Indiana 1988). His others are Philosophy of Science and Its Discontents (Guilford Press, 2nd ed., 1993), Philosophy, Rhetoric and the End of Knowledge (Wisconsin 1993), Science (Open University and Minnesota 1997), The Governance of Science: Ideology and the Future of the Open Society (Open University 2000), Thomas Kuhn: A Philosophical History for Our Times (Chicago 2000), Knowledge Management Foundations (Butterworth-Heinemann 2001), and Kuhn vs. Popper: The Struggle for the Soul of Science (Icon UK and Columbia University Press 2003). Fuller is currently working on two books, one on the philosophical foundations of science and technology studies and the other on prospects for social science in the twenty-first century. His Web site is http://www.warwick.ac.uk/~sysdt/Index.html.

Christine Gerhardt is Assistant Professor at the University of Dortmund, Germany, where she teaches American literature and culture. Her research interests include African-American and Southern literature, historical fiction, and eco-criticism. She is currently working on a book about nature and ecology in Walt Whitman's and Emil Dickinson's poetry. Her publications include Rituale des Scheiterns: Die Reconstruction-Periode im US-amerikanischen Roman [Rituals of Failure: The Reconstruction Period in American Novels] (Heidelberg 2002) as well as articles in Profession, the Mississippi Quarterly, and the Forum for Modern Language.

Bruce E. Gronbeck is the A. Craig Baird Distinguished Professor of Public Address in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Iowa. He is a Professor in the Project on Rhetoric of Inquiry and Director of the University of Iowa Center for Media Studies and Political Culture. Gronbeck teaches courses in rhetorical and media studies and in American politics. His recent books include Critical Approaches to Television (2004 with others), Persuasion in Society (2001 with others), and Communication Criticism: Rhetoric, Social Codes, Cultural Studies (2001 with Malcolm Sillars).

Leslie A. Hahner is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Iowa. Through rhetorical analysis, her research investigates the politics of space and place. She is currently working on vice reform in nineteenth-century cities.

Robert Hariman is Professor of Communication Studies at Northwestern University. His most recent works, co-authored with John Lucaites of Indiana University, are No Caption Needed: Ironic Photographs, Public Culture, and Liberal Democracy as well as the blog www.nocaptionneeded.com. His other books include Political Style: The Artistry of Power (Chicago 1995) and an edited volume on Prudence: Classical Virtue, Postmodern Practice (Penn State 2003).

Joseph H. Lane Jr. is Associate Professor of Political Science at Emory and Henry College, where he teaches courses in American politics, political theory, and environmental politics. His recent works focus on recurring narratives in democratic and environmental rhetorics. He is the author of "The Stark Regime and American Democracy" (American Political Science Review, December 2001) and Green Paradoxes: Rousseau and the Roots of Environmentalist Thought (Rowman and Littlefield forthcoming).

Cristina Lopez holds a Ph.D. in Communication from the Ohio State University. Her research targets the intersection of rhetoric of science, cultural studies of science, and feminist theory. She recently completed a dissertation on popularizations of contemporary evolutionary biology.

John Louis Lucaites is Professor of Communication and Culture at Indiana University. His most recent works, co-authored with Robert Hariman of Northwestern University, are No Caption Needed: Ironic Photographs, Public Culture, and Liberal Democracy as well as the blog www.nocaptionneeded.com. With Celeste Michelle Condit, he also has written Crafting Equality: America's Anglo-African Word (Chicago 1993).

Sheena Malhotra is an Assistant Professor of Women Studies at California State University, Northridge. She is an Indian citizen with experience in the Indian film and television industries, having worked as an Executive Producer and Commissioning Editor of Programs for an Indian television network and as an Assistant Director to Shekhar Kapur (director of Bandit Queen and Elizabeth). Her academic work focuses on popular culture, in particular on the impact of the Indian television, film and music industries on constructions of gender, nation and culture. Her recent publications include two with R. D. Crabtree: "Gender, inter(Nation)alization, Culture: Implications of the Privatization of Television in India" in Mary Jane Collier, ed., Transforming Communication about Culture (Sage 2002) and "Media Hegemony, Social Class, and the Commercialization of Television in India," in B. L. Artz and Y. R. Kamilipour, eds., Globalization, Media Hegemony and Social Class (SUNY 2004).

Elizabeth Markovitz is a Ph.D. candidate in political science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is writing a dissertation on "frank speech" in recent politics, working from Plato's Socratic dialogues to explore alternative ways to conceive democratic deliberation. Her article on "The Enemy Makes the Man: U.S. Foreign Policy, Cuban Nationalism, and Regime Survival" appears in the November-December 2001 issue for Problems of Post-Communism.

Kembrew McLeod is Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Iowa, where he teaches media-production and media-criticism classes. He produced the documentary Money for Nothing: Behind the Business of Pop Music, and his first book is Owning Culture: Authorship, Ownership and Intellectual Property (Peter Lang 2001).

Christopher Merrill has held the William H. Jenks Chair in Contemporary Letters at the College of the Holy Cross, and now directs the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa. His books include four collections of poetry -- Brilliant Water, Workbook, Fevers & Tides, and Watch Fire, for which he received the Peter I. B. Lavan Younger Poets Award from the Academy of American Poets; translations of Aleš Debeljak's Anxious Moments and The City and the Child; several edited volumes, among them, The Forgotten Language: Contemporary Poets and Nature and From the Faraway Nearby: Georgia O'Keeffe as Icon; and three books of nonfiction, The Grass of Another Country: A Journey Through the World of Soccer, The Old Bridge: The Third Balkan War and the Age of the Refugee, and Only the Nails Remain: Scenes from the Balkan Wars. His work has been translated into fifteen languages.

William H. Meyer is Professor of International Relations in the Political Science Department at the University of Delaware. He teaches courses on human rights, American foreign policy, and philosophy of inquiry. His recent research addresses Human Rights and International Political Economy (Praeger 1998) and Security, Economics and Morality in American Foreign Policy (Prentice-Hall 2004). He is currently working on a book about global governance and human rights.

Anna Lorien Nelson studies government at Harvard and law at Yale. Her research explores political theory and American politics. Her articles appear in the American Communication Journal, the Legal Studies Forum, and other journals.

John S. Nelson is a Professor in the Department of Political Science and the Project on Rhetoric of Inquiry at the University of Iowa, where he teaches political theory and communication plus rhetoric of inquiry. Lately he works on political mythmaking in popular cultures, especially in ads and films. His books include Video Rhetorics (Illinois 1997) and Tropes of Politics (Wisconsin 1998).

Robert Newman is an independent scholar living in Oregon. He has professed communication studies at Smith College as well as the Universities of Connecticut, Pittsburgh, and Iowa. He has taught also in the Curriculum on Peace, War, and Defense at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. His books include Recognition of Communist China? (Macmillan 1961), The Cold War Romance of Lillian Hellman and John Melby (North Carolina 1989), Owen Lattimore and the Loss of China (California 1992), and Truman and the Hiroshima Cult (Michigan State 1995). The Lattimore volume became a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize; it was nominated for the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize; and it received the Winans-Wicheln Award for Distinguished Scholarship from the National Communication Association, which also has given Newman its career-achievement award. His studies of the Cold War, the American Inquisition, and the end of World War II lately have extended into the history of conflict in the Middle East.

Brett Ommen is Assistant Professor of Communication at the University of North Dakota.

Glenn Perusek is Royal G. Hall Professor of the Social Sciences at Albion College, where he teaches courses on the history of political thought and on political sociology. His publications include two collections — Depth of Field: Stanley Kubrick, Film and the Uses of History (forthcoming from Wisconsin), edited with Geoffrey Cocks and James Diedrick; and Trade Union Politics: American Unions and Economic Change, 1960s-1990s (Humanities 1995), edited with Kent Worcester.

Russell L. Peterson received his Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Iowa in 2005. This article is an overview of his dissertation of the same title. As a graduate instructor at Iowa, he has taught a course on Political Humor and American Life.

Joanna Ploeger is an Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Iowa, where she teaches courses in rhetoric, persuasion, and argumentation. Her current research combines rhetorical analysis and interviewing to explore the rhetoric of science and technology. She is particularly interested in the role of popular media in public understanding of science, and also explores the aesthetic dimensions of scientific and technological rhetoric. She is currently completing a book project on the rhetoric of Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory.

Aimee Carrillo Rowe is an Assistant Professor of Rhetoric at the University of Iowa. Her teaching and research interests include third world feminisms, whiteness and antiracism, and cultural studies. Her recent work appears in Feminist Media Studies and the Intercultural and International Communication Annual.

Thomas Shevory is a Professor of Politics at Ithaca College. He teaches courses in public policy and public law, popular culture, and media politics. His books include Body/Politics: Studies in Production, Reproduction, and (Re)construction (Praeger 2000) and Notorious HIV: The Media Spectacle of Nushawn Williams (Minnesota 2004).

Herbert W. Simons, Professor of Strategic and Organizational Communication at Temple University, is the author of Persuasion in Society (Sage 2001). A recipient of the National Communication Association's Distinguished Scholar Award, his interests range from the possibilities for a reconstructive rhetoric of inquiry to a critical analysis of post-9/11 political rhetoric.

Marek D. Steedman is Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science at Carleton College, where he teaches political theory and American political development. He works on conceptions of race in nineteenth-century America, and is beginning a project on race in Tocqueville's work. He is revising his dissertation, Before Dusk: Race, Labor and Status in Louisiana, 1865-1900, for publication.

Thom Swiss creates collaborative New Media poems that appear online as well as in museum exhibits and art shows. He is Professor of English and Rhetoric of Inquiry at the University of Iowa, where he edited the Iowa Review Web — a journal of digital writing and art. His forthcoming co-edited book is New Media Poetics: Aesthetics, Histories, Institutions (MIT Press 2004).

James A. Throgmorton is a Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Iowa, where he treats planning as a form of persuasive storytelling about the future. He teaches about the history and theories of planning, innovative ways of resolving conflicts, and contemporary efforts to imagine and create more sustainable places. His books include Planning as Persuasive Storytelling (Chicago 1996) and, with Barbara Eckstein, Story and Sustainability (MIT 2003). Currently he is writing a book about planning in Louisville, Kentucky from 1890 to the present.

Russell Scott Valentino is an Associate Professor of Russian and Comparative Literature at the University of Iowa. His work has focused on 19th-century Russian and 20th-century Istrian literature and literary culture, as well as on the practice of literary translation. He is currently at work on a comparative study of the concept of virtue in Russia and the United States. His books include Materada (Northwestern 2000) and Vicissitudes of Genre in the Russian Novel (Peter Lang 2001).

Daniel Williford is an independent scholar living in Washington, DC. His writing interests range from literature to cultural studies to queer theory. He has recently completed a major project on "Queering Wilde: Challenging Normative Readings, Reading Subversive Texts."

Susan Zickmund is an Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. She directs the Patient Narrative Study, where she explores the rhetorical consturction of illness. Her medical work has appeared in journals that include The Journal of Clinical Ethics (2003) and the Journal of General Internal Medicine (2003). Her earlier rhetorical work focuses on revolution, religion, and political radicalism. It appears in several volumes in the German press Suhrkamp (1998) and the Cyberculture Reader (2002).