Ulrich Beck is Professor of Sociology at the University of Munich and Visiting Centennial Professor of the London School of Economics and Political Science. His books include Risk Society (1992), Reflexive Modernization (1994, with Anthony Giddens and Scott Lash), Ecological Politics in an Age of Risk (1995), Ecological Enlightenment (1995), The Normal Chaos of Love (1995, with E. Beck-Gernsheim), The Reinvention of Politics (1996), Democracy Without Enemies (1998), World Risk Society (1999), The Brave New Work (2000), Individualization (2000).
Gerard Delanty is Professor of Sociology at the University of Liverpool. He was Visiting Professor at York University, Toronto in 1998 and in 2000 Visiting Professor at Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan and has taught at universities in Ireland, Germany and Italy. His books include Inventing Europe: Idea, Identity, Reality (1995), Rethinking Irish History: Nationalism, Identity, Ideology (1998, with Patrick O'Mahony), Social Science: Beyond Constructivism and Realism (1997), Social Theory in a Changing World (1999), Modernity and Postmodernity: Knowledge, Power, the Self (2000), Citizenship in a Global Age (2000), Challenging Knowledge: The University in the Knowledge Society (2001), Nationalism and Social Theory (2002, with Patrick O'Mahony).
Eva Illouz is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is the author of Consuming the Romantic Utopia: Love and the Cultural Contradictions of Capitalism (1997). She is currently working on Oprah Winfrey and the Glamour of Misery (Columbia Press) and Flat Identities and Thick Relations: The Rise of Homo Communicans (University of California Press).