About the Author
Peter N. Stearns is provost and professor of history at George Mason University. He received his Ph.D.
from Harvard University. Before moving to George Mason University, he taught at Rutgers University,
the University of Chicago, and Carnegie Mellon, where he won the Robert Doherty Educational
Leadership Award and the Elliott Dunlap Smith Teaching Award. He has taught world history for more than 15 years. He currently serves as chair of the Advanced Placement World History Committee and also founded and is the editor of the Journal of Social History. In addition to textbooks and readers, he has written studies of gender and consumerism in a world history context. Other books address modern social and cultural history and include studies on gender, old age, work, dieting, and emotion. His most recent book in this area is American Fear: Causes and Consequences of High Anxiety.
Michael Adas is the Abraham Voorhees Professor of History and a board of governor’s chair at Rutgers
University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Over the past couple of decades his teaching has focused on
patterns and processes of global and comparative history. His courses on race and empire in the early
modern and industrial eras and on world history in the 20th century have earned him a number of teaching prizes. In addition to texts on world history, Adas has written mainly on the comparative history of colonialism and its impact on the peoples and societies of Asia and Africa. His books include Machines as the Measure of Men: Science, Technology, and Ideologies of Western Dominance, which won the Dexter Prize, and the recently published Dominance by Design: Technological Imperatives and America’s Civilizing Mission. He is currently writing a global history of the First World War.
Stuart B. Schwartz was born and educated in Springfield, Massachusetts, and then attended Middlebury
College and the Universidad Autonoma de Mexico. He has an M.A. and Ph.D. from Columbia University
in Latin American history. He taught for many years at the University of Minnesota and joined the faculty at Yale University in 1996. He has also taught in Brazil, Puerto Rico, Spain, France, and Portugal. He is a specialist on the history of colonial Latin America, especially Brazil, and is the author of numerous books, notably Sugar Plantations in the Formation of Brazilian Society (1985), which won the Bolton Prize for the best book in Latin American History. He is also the author of Slaves, Peasants, and Rebels (1992), Early
Latin America(1983), and Victors and Vanquished (1999). He has held fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton). For his work on Brazil he was recently decorated by the Brazilian government. He continues to read widely in the history and anthropology of Latin America, Africa, and early modern Europe.
Marc Jason Gilbert is the holder of an NEH supported Chair in World History at Hawaii Pacific
University in Honolulu, Hawaii. He is a former University System of Georgia Distinguished Professor of
Teaching and Learning. He received his Ph.D in history in 1978 at UCLA, where he built his own program
in world history out of a mixture of more traditional fields. He is a founding member of the World History Association and one of its initial elected officers. More than a decade ago, he founded and served as executive director of the Southeastern World History Association. He has codirected two Summer Institutes for Teaching Advanced Placement World History. He has attempted to bring a global dimension to the study of south and southeast Asian history in numerous articles and books, such as Why the North Won the Vietnam War.