Judy Arnold Rogers


Dr Judith Arnold Rogers, a retired Professor of Education at Lincoln Memorial University, is now on the adjunct faculty at Walters State Community College where she has returned to her roots as a writing teacher. She holds an EDD degree from the University of Tennessee in Curriculum and Instruction. Professor Arnold received awards for exemplary teaching both from her university and her community. Her research interests include historical writing on teachers and women, the struggles of women in prison, and more recently on the ethnography of social services such as unemployment. Professor Judy Arnold Rogers serves on the Board of Urbanities. She has widely published on these topics. Her profile and select publications are available at:
E-mail: DRJ10sc[@]

Paola De Vivo


Dr Paola De Vivo, University of Naples, Italy. 

; Bella Dicks


Dr Bella Dicks, a Professor of Sociology at Cardiff University until 2016, was recently appointed to the prestigious post of Head of Research at the National Museum of Wales. Her research interests include heritage and museums, culture-led regeneration, community development and participation, collective memory, social class, place identities and qualitative methodology, particularly digital and multimodal methods for ethnography. Professor Dicks is especially interested in addressing the problems of deindustrialized urban of neighbourhoods. She works with third sector organisations in order to enhance academia-community collaboration and impact. She has authored/co-authored monographs on heritage, cultural display, coalfield regeneration, place identity and digital qualitative methods. Professor Dicks has edited a four-volume major work for Sage Publishers on Digital Qualitative Research Methods. She serves on the Board of Urbanities. Her profile and select publications are available at: and
E-Mail: bella.dicks[@]

; Michael D. Fischer


Dr Michael D. Fischer obtained his Ph.D. in Anthropology and Linguistics from the University of Texas, U.S.A. (1986). He is Emeritus Professor of Anthropological Sciences at the University of Kent, U.K., Director of the Centre for Social Anthropology and Computing, Vice-president of the Human Relations Area Files at Yale University and Director of HRAF Advanced Research Centres [USA and Europe]. His research interests span urban anthropology, the ethnography of Pakistan and the Cook Islands, resource management, computational anthropology, mathematical anthropology, interactive ethnographic media, anthropological theory, kinship theory, cultural change and continuity, invention, the evolution of public discourses, diffusion of technological knowledge. Professor Fischer is widely published in his field. He serves on the Board of Urbanities. His profile and select publications are available at:

E-mail: M.D.Fischer[@]

; Piero Gaeta


Mr Piero Gaeta is a Corporate and Business Lawyer and a senior partner at the AvvocatoGaeta law firm. Mr Gaeta’s profile is available at: 

; Jerome Krase


Dr Jerome Krase received his Ph.D. at New York University (1973). He is Murray Koppelman Professor, and Professor Emeritus, at Brooklyn College CUNY. Professor Krase serves as a consultant to public and private agencies regarding urban community issues. He twice chaired the Sociology Department and continues to perform academic as well as outreach services for Brooklyn College. Trained in conventional social science research methods, his interests have expanded globally into visual studies of urban neighbourhood communities about which he researches, photographs, writes, lectures and exhibits. He is active in the American, European, and International (ISA) Sociological Associations, International Visual Sociology Association (IVSA), Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences in America, Italian American Studies Association, American Association for the Advancement of Science and Human Rights Coalition, the Commission on Urban Anthropology, and the International Urban Symposium. Professor Krase serves on the boards of the Academy of Humanities and Sciences of CUNY, ISA’s Visual Sociology Working Group, and the IVSA. Co-Editor of Urbanities, he serves on the Editorial Boards of Visual Studies and the Journal of Video Ethnography as well as being a regular reviewer for many other professional journals and book publishers. Professor Krase is the author of a large body of peer-reviewed publications. His profile and select publications are available at:

E-mail: jkrase[@]

; Marcello Mollica


Dr Marcello Mollica holds a Ph.D. in Social Sciences from the University of Leuven, Belgium (2005) and a European Doctorate Enhancement in Peace and Conflict Studies (2007. He is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Messina and Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Fribourg. His research Interests include: religious and political violence, ethno-religious minorities, political mobilization. Professor Mollica has published his work in peer-reviewed books and journals. He serves as Executive Secretary of the Commission on Urban Anthropology. His profile and select publications are available at:
E-mail: marcello.mollica[@]; marcello.mollica[@]

; Italo Pardo


Dr Italo Pardo obtained his PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of London (1988). He is Honorary Professor in this subject and a Fellow of Eliot College at the University of Kent. He serves as President of the International Urban Symposium (IUS). Professor Pardo is a well-known specialist in urban anthropology who initiated research in the urban west in British anthropology. He established and edits (with Jerome Krase) the Journal Urbanities ( and is co-Editor (with G. B. Prato) of the Series Palgrave Studies in Urban Anthropology ( Since the early 1990s, he has pioneered anthropological research on legitimacy, corruption and the western élite. Professor Pardo has carried out long-term fieldwork in Italy and England and has authored a large body of peer-reviewed articles and books. He has taught anthropology at undergraduate and graduate levels and has mentored international junior scholars. He consults for major public bodies and participates in public debate in several countries. He is doing field research on grassroots entrepreneurialism and good governance and is engaged in a multidisciplinary project on Legitimacy, Morality and Ethics. His profile and select publications are available at: and – Personal website: 
E-mail: i.pardo[@]

; Jonathan Parry


Dr Jonathan Parry obtained his Ph.D. in Social Anthropology from the University of Cambridge, U.K. (1970). He is Emeritus Professor of Anthropology at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Professor Parry has done field research in various parts of north and central India on different topics. His research interests include India, caste, death, poverty, inequality, anthropology of industry. In recent years, his work has been most centrally concerned with the study of industrial labour and with processes of class differentiation in a central Indian steel town. Professor Parry has authored a substantial body of peer-reviewed publications. Professor Parry serves on the Board of Urbanities. His profile and select publications are available at: and
E-mail: j.p.parry[@]

; Giuliana B. Prato


Dr Giuliana B. Prato obtained her Ph.D. from the University of London (1995). She is Honorary Professor in Social Anthropology at the University of Kent (UK). Professor Prato has done fieldwork in Italy, England, France and Albania and has lectured in Italy (Naples, Florence), the UK (London, Kent, Cambridge), Albania (Tirana) and Switzerland (Fribourg). She serves as Secretary-Treasurer of the International Urban Symposium (IUS) and as Chair of the Commission of Urban Anthropology (IUAES). Professor Prato is co-Editor (with I. Pardo) of the Series Palgrave Studies in Urban Anthropology ( She has widely published her research in peer-reviewed books and journals and has edited several volumes. Dr Prato serves on the Board of Urbanities ( Her profile and select publications are available at: and
E-mail: G.b.prato[@]

; Michel Rautenberg


Dr Michel Rautenberg obtained his Ph.D. in Social Science from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes, Paris (1990). He is Professor in Sociology at the University of Saint-Etienne, France. Professor Rautenberg has done anthropological fieldwork in France, Bulgaria and Wales. He specializes in urban anthropology and heritage studies. He has published several books and articles on cultural heritage, collective memory, public policies and social imagination. Professor Rautenberg serves on the Board of Urbanities. His profile and select publications are available at:  and
E-mail: michel.rautenberg[@]

; Talbot W. Rogers


Dr Talbot W. Rogers obtained his Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Tennessee. Professor Rogers did his doctoral work in Nicaragua interviewing teachers there on the effect the war had on them during the 1970s. He spent 26 years teaching elementary school and 13 years teaching at Lincoln Memorial University. Professor Rogers essays include ‘Making Bail for U.S. Universities: Can Education be Reclaimed from the Neo-Liberals’ and ‘War, Terrorism and Denial: Lessons learned from Civil War in Nicaragua’.  His profile and select publications are available at:
E-mail: Tobysailing[@]

; Alfonso Ruffo


Mr Alfonso Ruffo, is Director of Communications at Confindustria and Editor of the economic and financial paper ‘Il Denaro’, which publishes the open-access, peer-reviewed Journal Urbanities. Mr Ruffo is an economic and financial journalist, publisher and Vice-President of the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF), Italy.
E-mail: ruffo[@]

; Moshe Shokeid


Dr Moshe Shokeid received his Ph.D. in Social Anthropology from Manchester University (1968). He is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at Tel Aviv University. Born in Tel Aviv, Professor Shokeid served as Chair of the department at TAU and as President of the Israel Anthropological Association. He conducted research among North African immigrants in Israel and on the Arab residents who remained in Jaffa after the 1948 war. During the 1980s he studied Israeli emigrants in Queens-NY, and during the 1990s he carried out research at the gay and lesbian synagogue in Greenwich Village. Since then he expanded his research among LGBT voluntary associations and in gay religious organizations in New York City. Shokeid’s research interests have focused in recent decades with urban social minorities: immigrant ethnicities and stigmatized sexual constituencies in particular. Most recently he engaged in a study of the social and political issues concerning the undocumented foreign labour and refugees (from Eritrea and Sudan) concentrated in down town Tel Aviv. Professor’s Shokeid profile and select publications are available at: and
E-mail: shokeid[@]

; Manos Spyridakis


Dr Manos Spyridakis obtained his PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Sussex (2001). He is Associate Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of the Peloponnese and Vice-president of the Hellenic Open University. Professor Spyridakis serves on the editorial board of the Journals Ethnology and Utopia and Urbanities. He is a member of the scientific secretariat of the Journal Social Cohesion and Development and co-editor (with C. Dermentzopoulos) of the Series Eterotites for Metaihmio Publishers. He serves as Deputy Chair of the Commission of Urban Anthropology and as Vice-president of the International Urban Symposium. His research interests focus on employment relations and social policy, the concept of space, qualitative social research, economic anthropology and the anthropology of health. Professor Spiridakis’ profile and select publications are available at:
E-mail: maspyridakis[@]