Thomas G. Bever

is Regents’ Professor of Linguistics, Psychology, Neuroscience, Cognitive Science and Education at the University of Arizona. He started the first psycholinguistics PhD program at Columbia University, is a co-founder of the journal Cognition, founder of the Center for the Sciences of Language at Rochester University, and recent head of the University of Arizona Linguistics department. His five decades of research have focused on the behavioral, maturational, neurological and genetic foundations of linguistic universals. This research has involved studies of language processing, cross linguistic investigations, studies of cerebral asymmetries, and studies of aesthetics relating to vision and music. He holds a PhD in Linguistics from MIT.


Leda M. Cooks

is a professor in the Dept. of Communications at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her primary research interests are performance studies; communication, social interaction, and culture; interpersonal/intercultural communication; race and whiteness studies; feminist, postcolonial and critical communication theory; critical pedagogy; conflict/mediation; computer mediated communication; identity, interaction, and the media. She is the author and editor of Whiteness, Pedagogy, Performance: Dis/placing Race, and numerous articles.  She holds a PhD from Ohio University.

Robert Crease

is Professor and Chair in the Department of Philosophy at Stony Brook University. He is also the historian at Brookhaven National Laboratory, of which he wrote a history in . He uses laboratory history to examine key issues in philosophy of science, science studies, and ethics. His books include The Great Equations (2008), The Prism and the Pendulum (2003), and The Play of Nature, Experimentation as Performance (1993).  His articles and reviews have appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Newsday and elsewhere. He writes a monthly column, “Critical Point,” on the social dimensions of science for Physics World magazine. In philosophy of art, he is interested in the phenomenology of the lived body, especially related to dance. He holds a PhD in Philosophy from Columbia.


Melissa Forbis

is Assistant Professor of Women's and Gender Studies at Stony Brook University. Her current book manuscript, Engendering Autonomy: Indigenous Women’s Struggles and the State in Mexico, examines the Zapatista Army of National Liberation and indigenous autonomy in Mexico. Her research interests include transnational feminist theory, race/ethnicity, gender and indigenous rights, anthropology of the state and nationalism, immigration, and Latin America.  She holds a PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin.

Amelia Glaser

is Assistant Professor of Literature at the University of California at San Diego.  She specializes in Russian Literature, Modern Yiddish Literature, Comparative Literature, Cultural Studies and the Literature of Ukraine.  She has published several articles on Russian literature and Jewish-Slavic relations, as well as translations from Russian, Yiddish and Italian. She is the translator and co-editor (with David Weintraub) of an anthology of American Yiddish poetry, Proletpen: America's Rebel Yiddish Poets (2005).  She holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from Stanford.

Nina Kazanina

is Assistant Professor of Linguistics at the University of Bristol. Her research interests are in the field of psycholinguistics, spanning from acquisition of syntax and semantics to neurolinguistics, sentence processing and speech perception. More recently she has been interested in exploring the degree to which the speaker's use of grammatical knowledge guides his/her online processing and whether it is used to restrict the set of possible candidate representations. She holds a Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Maryland.

László Imre Komlósi

is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Pécs, Hungary. His research interests lie in the areas of Cognitive Lexical Semantics, Lexical Pragmatics, Theories of Meaning-Extension, the Lexicon-Pragmatics Interface and Inferential Pragmatics, Argumentation and Reasoning. Professor Komlósi has an extensive international educational experience in both European and US universities. He holds a PhD from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest (1989) and is a Humboldt Research Fellow in Argumentation and Philosophy of Language.

Steven Lee

is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English at UC Berkeley. His research interests include twentieth-century American literature, comparative ethnic studies, and Soviet and post-Soviet studies. He was among the inaugural group of Fulbright students to be sent to the Central Asian Republics, where he compared Soviet Korean and Korean American literatures and histories. A graduate of Amherst and Stanford, he has received fellowships from the Mellon Foundation/ACLS, the Stanford Humanities Center, and NYU’s Center for the United States and the Cold War. He holds a PhD from Stanford University.

Ernest Lepore

is Professor of Philosophy at Rutgers University and Acting Director of the Rutgers Center for Cognitive Science (RuCCS). He interests include philosophy of language, logic, metaphysics, and philosophy of mind. He is the author of many books and articles, including Language Turned on Itself (2007), Insensitive Semantics (2004) (both with Herman Cappelen), The Compositionality Papers (2002) (co-authored with Jerry Fodor), and What Every Student Should Know (2002) (co-authored with Sarah-Jane Leslie).   He holds a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Minnesota. 

Loraine K. Obler

is a Distinguished Professor in the Program in Speech and Hearing Sciences at the City University of New York, with a joint appointment in the Program in Linguistics. Her research is in the neurolinguistics of bilingualism, cross-language study of aphasia, the language changes of healthy aging and dementia, the neuropsychology of talent, and dyslexia. She is the author of The Bilingual Brain: Neuropsychological and Neurolinguistic Aspects of Bilingualism (with Martin Albert, 1978), Bilingualism Across the Lifespan: Aspects of Acquisition, Maturity, and Loss (with Kenneth Hyltenstam, 1989), and Language and the Brain (with Kris Gjerlow, 1999). She holds a PhD in Linguistics from the University of Michigan.

Jaye Padgett

is Professor of Linguistics at the University of California at Santa Cruz. His research is in phonology and phonetics, the study of human speech sound patternings. His main language interest is Russian, but his work is directed at an understanding of language in general. His other language interests include Polish, Irish, and Catalan. His combines formal analysis, usually within Optimality Theory, with experimental methodologies. He is particularly interested in the role of contrast and perceptual distinctiveness in phonetics and phonology.He holds a PhD in Linguistics from the University of Massachusetts.


Norvin Richards

is Associate Professor of Linguistics at MIT. His research interests include wh-movement, crucially derivational properties of syntax, endangered languages, he WÙpan’ak Language Reclamation Project, or any of various issues in the syntax of Tagalog or other Austronesian languages. He hold a Ph.D. in Linguistics from MIT.

Henk van Riemsdijk

is Professor of Linguistics at Tilburg University in the Netherlands. His research interests include phrase structure, in particular the structure of PP, DP, AP, (non-)tree-representability of syntactic objects, formal connections between phonology and syntax, the typology of scrambling, developing a theory of syntactic grafts, complex spatial case systems and the functional structure of DP/PP. He is the author of numrous books and articles, including Introduction to the Theory of Grammar (1986) (with Edwin Williams), Features and Projections (1986) (with Pieter Muysken), Studies on Scrambling (1994) (ed. with N. Corver) and Clitics in the Languages of Europe. EUROTYP Series, Vol. 8. (1999). He holds a PhD in Linguistics from the University of Amsterdam.

Javier Uriarte

Javier Uriarte's interests include 19th and 20th century Latin American literature (including Brazil), travel writing, war and State-sponsored violence, theory and politics of time and space, Nation and State making in Latin America. His recent NYU dissertation, "Fazedores de desertos: viajes, guerra y Estado en América Latina (1864-1902),” has been distinguished with the 2012 National Award in Uruguay, under the category of Unpublished Literary Essay (Ensayo literario inédito) by the National Ministry of Education and Culture in Uruguay. Prof. Uriarte holds a PhD from NYU.