Yoav Di-Capua is an associate professor of history at UT-Austin. His primary research focus is Modern Arab intellectual history, and his current project is “Transnational Arab Thought on the Global Culture of the 1960s,” a collective intellectual biography of the post-colonial generation, which sought to invent a new Arab subject: confident, modern, independent, self-sufficient, and, above all, free. The first publication from this new project is "Arab Existentialism: An Invisible Chapter in the Intellectual History of Decolonization" in American Historical Review.
Jonathan Judaken holds the Spence L. Wilson Chair in Humanities at Rhodes College. His first book, Jean-Paul Sartre and ′the Jewish Question′: Anti-antisemitism and the Politics of the French Intellectual (University of Nebraska Press, 2006) examines the figure of ′the Jew′ in Sartre′s work. The book not only re-assesses Sartre′s oeuvre, but the role of the intellectual in France and the politics and ethics of existentialism. His is also the editor of Race After Sartre: Antiracism, Africana Existentialism, Postcolonialism (SUNY Press, 2008) that examines Sartre′s influence on critical race theory, anticolonialism, and Africana thought. His radio show “Counterpoint,” which airs monthly on WKNO-FM, NPR for the Mid-South, features academics and intellectuals who are making significant contributions to the national conversation on topical issues based on their research.