Michelle Alexander is the author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness (The New Press, 2010). The former director of the Racial Justice Project of the ACLU in Northern California, she also served as a law clerk to Justice Harry Blackmun on the U.S. Supreme Court. Currently, she holds a joint appointment with the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity and the Moritz College of Law at Ohio State University. To listen to a TomCast audio interview in which Alexander explains how she came to realize that this country was bringing Jim Crow into the Age of Obama, click here.
Tariq Ali writer, journalist, filmmaker, contributes regularly to a range of publications including the Guardian, The Nation, and the London Review of Books. His most recent book, just published, is The Duel: Pakistan on the Flight Path of American Power (Scribner, 2008).
James Allen is a research associate with the Foreign Influence Transparency Initiative at the Center for International Policy.
Christian Appy, professor of history at the University of Massachusetts, is the author of three books about the Vietnam War, including American Reckoning: The Vietnam War and Our National Identity (Viking).