Alejandro Velasco is assistant professor of Latin American studies at New York University. He is the author of numerous scholarly articles on Venezuelan history, and is the author of the manuscript "A Weapon as Powerful as the Vote’: Urban Protest and Electoral Politics in Modern Venezuela." He received his PhD in history from Duke University in 2009.
Juan Cole is the Richard P. Mitchell Professor of History and the director of the Center for South Asian Studies at the University of Michigan. His latest book, "Engaging the Muslim World," is just out in a revised paperback edition from Palgrave Macmillan.