J.P. Singh is Chair and Professor of Culture and Political Economy, and Director of the Centre for Cultural Relations, at the University of Edinburgh. He has authored four monographs, edited three books, and published dozens of scholarly articles. Four of his books address cultural issues at UNESCO. His book Globalized Arts: The Entertainment Economy and Cultural Identity (Columbia, 2011) won the American Political Science Association’s award for best book in information technology and politics in 2012.
J.P.’s current book projects are: Sweet Talk: Paternalism and Collective Action in North-South Trade Negotiations (Stanford, forthcoming), and Development 2.0: How Technologies Can Foster Inclusivity in the Developing World (Oxford, forthcoming). He has advised international organizations such as UNESCO, the World Bank, and the World Trade Organization, played a leadership role in several professional organizations, and served as Editor from 2006-09 and dramatically increased the impact of Review of Policy Research, the journal specializing in the politics and policy of science and technology.
J.P. holds a Ph.D. in Political Economy and Public Policy from the University of Southern California. Early forays in the arts include studying film theory and criticism at the Film and Television Institute for India, and at the Xavier Institute for Communication Arts in Mumbai. He also loves opera.
As of August 2016, J.P. is on leave from his position as Professor of Global Affairs and Cultural Studies at George Mason University, and a Distinguished Senior Scholar at the School of Policy, Government and International Affairs.
Zach is a PhD candidate in the Cultural Studies program at George Mason University. His dissertation project, “The Democratization of Art,” examines criticism, curation and policymaking in Great Britain after World War I. A trained multimedia journalist, Zach currently serves as Director of Publishing and Program Development at the Policy Studies Organization.
Zach earned a bachelor’s degree from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and received his master’s degree in Arts Journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.