We are (in order of assembly) Carl Dyke, Asher Kay, John McCreery, Jacob Lee, Chuck Dyke, and Greg Afinogenov:
Carl teaches mostly introductory world history at a nice little regional university in North Carolina, USA. My seminars cover historiography, early modern to modern European society, culture and politics in global perspective, the modern world system, the history of formal and informal thought, gender, race and ethnicity, identity, and occasionally Latin America. In 2008-9 and again in 2012-3 I was named my university’s professor of the year. I mention this because it was a nice honor and I’ve been instructed not to be shy about it. (I should also mention that although my university supports my ideas and practices as part of the productive diversity of a liberal arts community, it does not necessarily share them.)
Because my training encompasses their theoretical underpinnings, during my professional apprenticeship I also taught modern philosophy, sociology, and human development at various colleges and universities in the San Francisco Bay area. I’m comfortable in many conversations and not very territorial.
My research covers the history of formal social and political theory in mostly Europe in mostly the 19th and 20th centuries, especially the intersections of Marxist and non-Marxist theories of structure, agency, and dynamics. I also have an ongoing project on interdisciplinary approaches to the formation and operation of identity. When I’m teaching sometimes I look like this:
I waste time at a fabulous rate when I can, some might say chiefly on this blog, and when I get the itch I craft mobiles after Calder (and not) out of clothesline wire, willow, flashing, plywood, and other stuff that happens to be around.
This blog is for communicating. If for some reason it won’t do, you can try flatharmony at gmail dot com (it’s a Beach Boys joke). You can also check out my teaching / learning / assessment blog, Attention Surplus, and/or my c.v..
Asher Kay is a complete mystery, and possibly dangerous, in that serial-killer-neighbors-thought-was-nice-kept-to-himself kind of way. But he’s also an accomplished author and philosopher, so he’s well worth the risk.
And then there’s John McCreery:
Anthropologist, adman, activist.
In Taiwan I studied magicians.
In Japan I joined the guild.
A self-supporting independent scholar who has lived in Yokohama, Japan, since 1980. Came to Japan as an unemployed academic, then stumbled into a career in the Japanese advertising business. Left Japan’s second largest agency, Hakuhodo, in 1996 and joined The Word Works, Ltd.
In my view there are three kinds of intellectuals. Empire-builders are visionaries with big ideas that they hope will take over the world. Gardeners who have found a small piece of the world that they will know more intimately than anyone else. I belong to the traders. We travel between a variety of fields and if we have any utility, it is that we sometimes are able to point the empire-builders and gardeners to things that they haven’t noticed from their bird’s eye view or nose-to-the-ground perspectives.
Jacob Lee checks out more books than he can write, writes more songs than he can read, and reads tales taller than he can climb. Aside from that, he is a man of catholic interests and broad knowledge in the informational, computational, and social sciences, and of narrow expertise in a handful of things that most other people don’t care about. A lot more about Jacob than you probably want to know can be found on his website http://www.jacoblee.net/.
Also, he resembles a certain Ph.D student in Psychology at UC Davis, with whom Jacob should definitely not be mistaken, unless you owe that person some money.
Chuck Dyke, a.k.a. Dyke the Elder, squatted for many years in the Philosophy Department at Temple University. Trained as an analytic philosopher at Brown, but with a formative primordial exposure to Marcuse and other continental expats at Brandeis and a deceptively brief side trip to CalTech, he now works at the intersections of theories and practices of complex dynamical systems. Over the years his research, teaching, and publication have covered Enlightenment and Risorgimento republicanisms; existentialism; the philosophy of economics; The Evolutionary Dynamics of Complex Systems; How Nature Speaks; the pedagogy of complexity; and horse operas, to name a few. He is also Carl’s dad.
Greg Afinogenov, a.k.a. Razumov, one of our most admired partners in the digital scholarship blogosphere, performs amazing feats of historical excavation and analysis at Slawkenbergius’ Tales.