Editorial Board

Gabriele Alex

Eberhard Karls Universität, Tübingen

Gabriele Alex is Professor at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen. Until October 2010, she worked as a Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity. Before joining the MMG she was Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology and Director of the Master’s Program Health and Society in South Asia at the South Asia Institute, University of Heidelberg.

Rainer Bauböck

European University Institute, Florence
Rainer Bauböck was born and grew up in Austria and earned his Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of Vienna. He is currently Chair in Social and Political Theory, Department of Political and Social Sciences, European University Institute in Florence and on leave from the Austrian Academy of Science. His research centers on normative political theory and comparative research on democratic citizenship; European integration; and migration, nationalism and minority rights. He is co-director of a web-based European observatory on citizenship.

Matthias Koenig

Georg August University, Göttingen

Matthias Koenig (Germany) is a full professor of sociology and sociology of religion at the University of Göttingen. He holds an M.A. and Ph.D. degree in sociology from the University of Marburg and a habilitation from the University of Bamberg. He has held visiting positions at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Paris, and at the University of Toronto. His research focuses on religious diversity, collective identities and human rights. Among the publications and journal articles he has written or co-edited are: Human Rights and Democracy in Multicultural Societies (with Paul de Guchteneire, 2007) and Migration and the Governance of Religious Diversity (with Paul Bramadat, 2009). He is co-founder of the International Journal on Multicultural Societies and served as its Editor-in-Chief from 1998 to 2009.

Lily Kong

National University, Singapore

Lily Kong (Singapore) earned a Ph.D. from the University College London and a B.A. and M.A. from the National University of Singapore. She is currently Vice President of University and Global Relations, in addition to her professorship at the Department of Geography. Her research includes geographies of religion, cultural economy and cultural policy, constructions of nation and national identity, and constructions of nature and environment.

Patricia Mohammed

University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad

Patricia Mohammed is a scholar, writer and film maker. She is currently the Campus Co-ordinator, School for Graduate Studies and Research at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Professor of Gender and Cultural Studies at the Institute of Gender and Development Studies. She headed the Mona Unit, Centre for Gender and Development Studies, UWI, Jamaica before moving to Trinidad. She worked at the Institute of Development Studies in Sussex in 1984 and gained her Ph.D degree from the Institute of Social Studies in Den Haag, The Netherlands in 1994. She was Visiting Professor at SUNY, Albany, New York in 2007. She is a pioneer in second wave feminist activism and the development of gender studies in the Caribbean and has published widely in these areas. Her publication Gender Negotiations among Indians in Trinidad, 1917 – 1947, Palgrave UK,/ISS focussed on gender relations among post migrant Indians in Trinidad. A second book Imaging the Caribbean: Culture and Visual Translation, Macmillan UK, 2009 examined the Caribbean through visual imagery. She has recently completed a six part documentary film series entitled “A Different Imagination”. She continues to straddle both fields.

Ayelet Shachar

Max PIanck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Göttingen

Ayelet Shachar (Israel/Canada) is Director at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, where she heads the Ethics, Law, and Politics Department at the Institute. Before joining the Max Planck Society, Shachar held the Canada Research Chair in Citizenship and Multiculturalism at the University of Toronto Faculty Law. She earned her LL.M and J.S.D. from Yale University. She has published and lectured widely on citizenship theory, immigration law, multiculturalism, cultural diversity and women’s rights, family law and religion in comparative perspective, highly skilled migration, and global inequality. Shachar is the recipient of several research and excellence awards, and has held visiting professor positions at Stanford Law School and Harvard Law School. Her work has also proven influential in the real world, intervening in actual public policy and legislative debates.

Peter van der Veer

Max PIanck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Göttingen

Peter van der Veer (Netherlands) is Director at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity at Göttingen. He taught Anthropology at the Free University in Amsterdam, at Utrecht University and at the University of Pennsylvania. In 1992 he was appointed as Professor of Comparative Religion and Founding Director of the Research Center in Religion and Society, Social Science Faculty, University of Amsterdam. His research interests include religion and nationalism in Asia and Europe, as well as India and China.

Steven Vertovec

Max PIanck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Göttingen

Steven Vertovec is Director at the Max-Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Göttingen and Honorary Joint Professor of Sociology and Ethnology, University of Göttingen. Previously he was Professor of Transnational Anthropology at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Oxford, Director of the British Economic and Social Research Council’s Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS), and Senior Research Fellow at Linacre College, Oxford. Prof. Vertovec is co-Editor of the journal Global Networks and Editor of the Routledge book series ‘Transnationalism’.

Brenda Yeoh

National University, Singapore

Brenda Yeoh (Singapore) completed a geography course at Cambridge followed by a doctorate at Oxford University. She currently holds a professorship at the Department of Geography, National University of Singapore. She also serves as Principal Investigator of the Asian MetaCentre for Population and Sustainable Development Analysis and leads the research group on Asian Migrations at the Asia Research Institute. Her research interests include gender, migration and transnational communities; and politics of space in colonial and post-colonial cities.

Yinong Zhang

Shanghai University

Yinong Zhang (China) earned his Ph.D. in Anthropology from Cornell University, New York, holds an M.A. in Tibetan Language and History from Central University of Nationalities in Beijing, and a B.A. in Political Economy from Sichuan University. He holds a professorship in Anthropology at Shanghai University. He is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity as well as corresponding editor for Current Anthropology. His research interests include ethnic and religious diversities, nation and globalization, social production of boundaries, Tibetan and Chinese Muslim communities in China. He can be reached at: Department of sociology and anthropology, Shanghai University, 99 Shangda Rd., Shanghai 200444, China.