Benedict Anderson, professor at Cornell and specialist in Southeast Asian studies, is best known for his book Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism (1991). It is no understatement to say that this is one of the most influential books of the last twenty years. Widely read both by social scientists and humanists, it has become an unavoidable document. For people in the humanities, Anderson is particularly interesting because he explores the rise of nationalism in connection with the rise of the novel.
Pheng Cheah is Assistant Professor in the Department of Rhetoric at the University of California, Berkeley. Jonathan Culler, the Class of 1916 Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Cornell; among his many books is Structuralist Poetics.