Syed Akbar Hyder is Associate Professor of Asian Studies and Islamic Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. He also serves as the director of the Hindi-Urdu Flagship Program. His research focuses on South Asian literature, aesthetics, and popular culture. Among his publications is Reliving Karbala: Martyrdom in South Asian Memory.
Manu Bhagavan is Professor of History and Human Rights at Hunter College and the Graduate Ceter-CUNY. He is the author of The Peacemakers (2012) and Sovereign Spheres (2003), and the co-editor of 3 other books. His Quartz essay on global authoritarianism went viral internationally and was translated into German as the lead, cover article of the May 2016 Berliner Republik magazine. He is the recipient of a 2006 Fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies and is an elected member of the Pacific Council on International Policy. He regularly appears in the media to comment on global affairs.