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Notes on Contributors

Tore Rye Andersen (reviewing Stephen Burn’s Jonathan Franzen at the End of Postmodernism) is Assistant Professor at the Institute of Aesthetic Studies, Department of Contemporary Literature at Aarhus University (Denmark), and chief editor of the Danish literary journal Passage. He wrote his doctoral dissertation on the work of Thomas Pynchon, David Foster Wallace and Jonathan Franzen, and he has just finished a book on the contemporary American novel. His current research deals with the materiality and mediality of literature.

Russell Berman (“Cultural Studies & the ‘Cold War’ on the Left”) is the Walter A. Haas Professor in the Humanities at Stanford.  He received his B.A. from Harvard (1972) and his Ph.D. from Washington University (1979) in German Literature. He joined the faculty of Stanford in the same year. His books include The Rise of the Modern German Novel: Crisis and Charisma (1988) and Enlightenment or Empire: Colonial Discourse in German Culture (1998), both of which won the Outstanding Book Award of the German Studies Association. Recent books include Fiction Sets You Free: Literature, Liberty and Western Culture (2007) and Freedom or Terror: Europe Faces Jihad (2010). In his other books and articles he has written widely on German literary and cultural history of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, critical theory, and cultural dimensions of trans-atlantic relations.  He has served in numerous administrative capacities at Stanford, and he is a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution and at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. He is the editor of Telos, and he will become the President of the Modern Language Association in 2011.

Michael  Bérubé (“The Left at Bay”) is Paterno Family Professor in Literature at Pennsylvania State University, and the author of several books, including What’s Liberal About the Liberal Arts?, The Employment of the English, Life as We know It (which was a New York Times notable book and NPR book of the year), and The Left at War.  He has contributed to numerous magazines and writes a popular blog, Airspace, at

Gabriel Noah Brahm (“The Post-Left at War & the Cultural Studies Approach to U.S. Foreign Policy & International Relations”) is Assistant Professor of English, specializing in the History of Criticism and Theory, at Northern Michigan University, and a Schusterman Research Fellow in Israel Studies at Brandeis University.  His published work has appeared in Critical Studies in Media Communication, Democratiya, Nineteenth-Century Literature, Poetics Today, Rethinking History, The Encyclopedia of Literary and Cultural Theory (Wiley-Blackwell 2011), and elsewhere.

Jeff Bloodworth (“The [Heterodox] Left at Peace: Or, Breaking Up is Hard to Do”) is an assistant professor of history at Gannon University. His articles have appeared in the Wisconsin Magazine of History, Pacific Northwest Quarterly, The Journal of the Historical Society, and The Chronicles of Oklahoma. He is currently completing a manuscript detailing the history of American liberalism from 1968-1992.

Bruno Chaouat (“Have French Jews Veered to the Right?”) is Associate Professor of French and director of the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at the University of Minnesota. He has edited one volume of essays on shame, and another volume on terror. He has published a book on the 19th-century French writer, François-René de Chateaubriand, as well as numerous articles on 19th-, 20th- and 21st-century French literature and thought. His articles have appeared in France and the U.S. in journals such as Modern Language Notes, Diacritics, Critique, L’Esprit Créateur, L’Arche, and Yale French Studies. He has reflected on French debates concerning Jews in France, the memory and the representation of the Holocaust, and the impact of the Middle-East conflict in literature and theory. He has a book forthcoming on the different literary and philosophical responses to what he perceives as a malaise in liberal democracy in the aftermath of the Cold War. And he is finishing another book on Jews as a trope in French thought from literary theory in the1960s to contemporary debates about the Middle East conflict and the “new antisemitism.”

Nick Cohen (“The New ‘Manichean’ Left & the Old Right: Tolerating the Intolerable”) is a columnist for the London Observer. He is the author of several books including What’s Left? (2007) and Waiting for the Etonians: Reports from the Sickbed of Liberal England (2009).

Elizabeth Faucett (reviewing Kristiaan Versluys’s Out of the Blue: September 11 and the Novel) is an M.A. student in English at Northern Michigan University, where she is completing a thesis on the post-9/11 novel.

Paul Hollander (“Toward a More Rational Left?”)  is professor emeritus of sociology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and associate at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies of Harvard University.  He is the author or editor of fourteen books, the latest one entitled The Only Super Power: Reflections on Strength, Weakness and Anti-Americanism (2009).  His next book, Extravagant Expectations: New Ways to Find Romantic Love in America, will be published in Spring of 2011.

Gregory J. Lobo (“For Liberalism & Thinking Politically Again: Reflections Inspired by Michael Bérubé’s The Left at War“) is Associate Professor in the department of Lenguajes y Estudios Socioculturales at the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia. He teaches courses in cultural theory and studies in the department’s pre- and post-graduate programs, and his research attempts to unravel the nexus of culture and power both in Latin America and beyond. He has been invited to speak on his work by universities in both Colombia and the United States, and was recently named International Visiting Scholar by the Northern Michigan University. His writing has appeared in various international venues and in 2009 he published the book Colombia: algo diferente de una nación (Bogotá: Uniandes, CESO). He is currently working on an expanded, updated English version.

Ted McAllister (“Can the Left Govern?”) holds the Edward L. Gaylord Chair of Public Policy at Pepperdine University, and is an intellectual historian specializing in modernity and its critics.  His published works include Revolt Against Modernity:  Leo Strauss, Eric Voegelin and the Search for a Post-Liberal Order (Kansas 1995).  He writes widely on the history and philosophy of American conservatism, on the philosophy of history, and the historicity of human culture and identity.  A regular contributor to the online magazine, Front Porch Republic, his current projects include a book on Walter Lippmann and, subsequently, a history of the Baby-boomers.

Scott R. Paeth (“The Need for an Augustianian Left”) is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at DePaul University in Chicago, IL. He works in the fields of Christian Social Ethics and Public Theology. He holds a Ph.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary and a Master of Divinity from Andover Newton Theological School. He is the author or editor of five books, including Public Theology for a Global Society: Essays in Honor of Max Stackhouse (Eerdmans 2010); Exodus Church and Civil Society: Public Theology and Social Theory in the Work of Jurgen Moltmann (Ashgate 2008); Who Do You Say That I Am? Christology and Identity in the United Church of Christ (United Church Press 2006); Religious Perspectives on Business Ethics (Sheed & Ward 2006); and The Local Church in a Global Era: Reflections for a New Century (Eerdmans 2000).

Luke Thominet (“Operation New Dawn: The Iraq War Debate Seven Years Later”) earned his BA in International Relations and Creative Writing at the University of Southern California, and is currently an MFA student in English at Northern Michigan University, working on his fiction thesis entitled, Falls.

Elhanan Yakira (“Whose Left, Which War? A Comment from Jerusalem”) is currently Schulman Professor of Philosophy, and Chair of Philosophy, at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.  He holds a doctorate from the Sorbonne in France.  He is author of Post-Zionism, Post-Holocaust: Three Essays on Denial, Forgetting, and the Delegitimation of Israel (Cambridge 2010).  He is working on a book about Spinoza.

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