Janis Faye Hutchinson received her bachelor and master degrees at the University of Alabama and her doctorate in Anthropology at Kansas University. She is currently associate professor in the Anthropology Department at the University of Houston. Dr. Hutchinson is a medical anthropologist who specializes in health issues among people of color. She has conducted research on hypertension in the Caribbean, biocultural research on condom use among African Americans, adherence to the tuberculosis regimen, and ethnographic analysis of changing relations between African Americans and immigrant Latin Americans.
Rhett S. Jones earned his B.A. "with Honors, and Distinction in Sociology" from the University of Illinois and did graduate work at the University of Connecticut, the University of Wisconsin, and Brown University, earning an M.A. in Sociology and an M.A. and Ph.D. in History. He is the author of more than two hundred scholarly articles, reviews, and essays; he has received grants from the American Council of Learned Societies, the Coolidge Research Colloquium, the Ford Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, The Rockefeller Foundation, the Trotter Institute, and the Southern Fellowships Fund. Professor Jones's research interests center on the comparative study of race in the Americas before the 19th century.
Yvonne V. Jones is associate professor of Anthropology and chairperson of the Department of Pan African Studies at the University of Louisville. She conducts research on the entrepreneurial activities of African-American neighborhoods in Louisville, Kentucky. She edited (with Hans Baer), African Americans in the South: Issues of Race, Class, and Gender ( 1992).