J.P. Singh is Professor of International Commerce and Policy at the Schar School of Policy and Government, George Mason University. From 2016-18, he was Chair and Professor of Culture and Political Economy, and Director of the Institute for International Cultural Relations (IICR) at the University of Edinburgh.
Professor Singh has authored five monographs, edited four books, and published dozens of scholarly articles. Many of these books and articles are on international trade and development, national and international cultural policies, and international negotiations and diplomacy. His single authored books include Sweet Talk: Paternalism and Collective Action in North-South Trade Negotiations (Stanford 2017), Negotiating the Global Information Economy (Cambridge 2008) and Globalized Arts: The Entertainment Economy and Cultural Identity (Columbia, 2011), which won the American Political Science Association’s award for best book in information technology and politics in 2012. Edited volumes include Science, Technology, Art and International Relations (Routledge 2019) and Globalization, Culture and Development (Palgrave 2015). He was guest editor of a special Issue on “Emerging Powers and the WTO” for the journal International Negotiation (June 2016). His current book project is Development 2.0: How Technologies Can Foster Inclusivity in the Developing World (Oxford, forthcoming).
Professor Singh has advised the World Bank and the World Trade Organization for trade and international development, and the British Council and UNESCO on international cultural policies. He has 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. At the International Studies Association, he has chaired three different sections: International Communication. International Political Economy, and Science, Technology, Art and International Relations (STAIR). Professor Singh currently edits and founded the journal Arts and International Affairs, and also edits Stanford’s book series on Emerging Frontiers in the Global Economy.
Previously, Professor Singh taught at the University of Mississippi, American University, and Georgetown University. In Europe, apart from two years at the University of Edinburgh, he has taught courses at the Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies (Geneva) and the University of Jyväskyla (Finland).
He holds a Ph.D. in Political Economy and Public Policy from the University of Southern California.
Caroline Wesson is a second year PhD student studying Political Science at George Mason University where she is a President’s Scholar and a graduate research assistant. She also holds a bachelor’s and master’s in International Affairs from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Caroline is currently working on research related to the intersection of culture, technology, and economic development. This includes a project on the Atlanta’s film cluster Y’allyood that combines mixed methods such as multivariate analysis and process-tracing for its findings. Caroline was a research intern with Center of Strategic and International Studies in 2019 and worked on their ChinaPower Project. In her free time Caroline is the lead singer of a band and enjoys practicing her French and Korean language skills.
Zach Marschall returns to Arts & International Affairs after serving as managing editor from 2015 to 2017. He received a PhD from George Mason University, where he completed a dissertation on the role of local cultural heritage in the growth strategies of four art museums. Zach now teaches cultural policy at the University of Kentucky and works at International Arts & Artists, a non-profit organization that promotes cross-cultural understanding. Previous positions include director of publishing and program development at the Policy Studies Organization. Zach also holds degrees from Syracuse University and New York University.
Evangelos Chrysagis works at the crossroads of anthropology and cultural production, studying music and art initiatives in the UK since 2005. He holds a PhD in social anthropology from the University of Edinburgh, and his doctoral research explored the intersection of ‘Do-it-Yourself’ (DiY) music practices and ethics in Glasgow.
Evangelos is currently developing a research project on manifestos in contemporary cultural production. In July 2019, he organised a relevant 2-day panel for the London Conference in Critical Thought at Goldsmiths, while a book chapter that charts the relationship between manifestos, DiY music and the cultural industries is forthcoming in 2020.
Evangelos is editor of Collaborative Intimacies in Music and Dance: Anthropologies of Sound and Movement (Berghahn 2017), a book that examines music and dance from a cross-cultural perspective. His latest publication is an article for the Journal of Cultural Economy, as part of a Special Issue he is co-editing, entitled ‘Crafting Values: Economies, Ethics and Aesthetics of Artistic Valuation’ (forthcoming 2020).