Walter Armbrust is visiting assistant professor of anthropology at the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, Georgetown University. He is the author of Mass Culture and Modernism in Egypt (Cambridge University Press, 1996) and editor of The Seen and the Unseeable: Visual Culture in the Middle East (a triple issue of the journal Visual Anthropology. vol. 10, nos. 2–4). He writes on modernity, nationalism, and popular culture in the Middle East. He is currently working on a cultural history of the Egyptian cinema.
Roberta L. Dougherty is the Middle East bibliographer at the University of Pennsylvania's Van Pelt Library. In 1986 she performed with the Reda Troupe for Folkloric Arts in Cairo, Egypt. She writes about the arts in Arab societies and is currently conducting research on the social construction of performance in modern Egypt.
Joel Gordon is associate professor of history at the University of Arkansas. He is the author of Nasser's Blessed Movement: Egypt's Free Officers and the July Revolution (Oxford University Press, 1992). He is currently writing a book on popular civic culture during the Nasser era.
Richard McGill Murphy is a New York City–based writer and documentary filmmaker. He holds a D. Phil. in social anthropology from Oxford University; his work focuses on popular culture, politics, and the rhetorical construction of modernity in urban South Asia. His work has appeared in the Times (London), the New York Times Magazine. and the New Republic. among other publications. Murphy is the founder and president of Walled City Media, an independent film and television production company.