Thomas S. Henricks is Distinguished University Professor at Elon University. His interests as a sociologist include social theory, modernization and change, popular culture, social stratification, race and ethnic relations, and, particularly, play and sport. His numerous publications include Disputed Pleasures: Sport and Society in Preindustrial England (1991) and Play Reconsidered: Sociological Perspectives on Human Expression (2006). Among his current research interests is change in the social organization of enjoyment in the last century.
Olga S. Jarrett is Associate Professor in the Department of Early Childhood Education at Georgia State University. She has served as president of The Association for the Study of Play (TASP) and the American Association for the Child's Right to Play (IPA/USA) and is coeditor of Investigating Play in the 21st Century, volume seven of TASP's Play & Culture Studies series. Her research focuses on recess and playground behavior, bully prevention, effective teaching in urban schools, and methods for teaching science. She has contributed to The Journal of Educational Research, School Science and Mathematics, and Curator: The Museum Journal. Stacey French-Lee is Program Director of the Child Development Center and Child Enrichment Center at Georgia State University. As director, she manages the center's status as a member of NALS, the international association of laboratory-and university-affiliated schools engaged in teacher training, curriculum development, research, professional development, and educational experimentation. She has presented papers at the annual conferences of TASP and the Society for College and University Planning. Nermin Bulunuz is Research Assistant in the Department of Education and Biological Sciences at Uludag University in Turkey. She has presented papers at the International Education Conference and the National Science Teachers Association Conference, and her work has appeared in the Journal of Turkish Science Education; School Science and Mathematics; and Eurasia Journal of Mathematics, Science, and Technology Education. Mizrap Bulunuz is Assistant Professor of Elementary Education at Uludag University. His research interests include science education, the integration of science and play in preschool, and inquiry dialogue and argumentation in science education. He has presented papers at conferences in the United States, Greece, and North Cyprus and contributed articles to the Journal of Turkish Science Education, International Journal of Environmental and Science Education, and Asia-Pacific Forum on Science Learning and Teaching.
Samira Kawash is Professor Emerita in Women's and Gender Studies at Rutgers University. Author of Dislocating the Color Line: Identity, Hybridity, and Singularity in African-American Narrative, she has contributed articles to the Journal of American Culture, Public Culture, PAJ, and other journals. She has also written chapters in books such as Frantz Fanon: Critical Perspectives, The New Economic Criticism: Studies at the Intersection of Literature and Economics, and Passing and the Fictions of Identity. She is working currently on a book about the cultural history of candy in twentieth-century America.
Evangeline E. Nwokah is Department Chair and Associate Professor of Communication and Learning Disorders at Our Lady of the Lake University. Trained academically in the United Kingdom and the United States, she has extensive clinical experience in England, Canada, and the United States and has taught in England and Nigeria, as well as the United States. She has written more than two dozen articles on early childhood language and emergent literacy and is editor of Play as Engagement and Communication, volume ten of the Play & Culture Studies series. Mary Kristen Clark is a doctoral candidate at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Before entering the program, she worked as a speech-language pathologist in public schools. She has presented papers at a number of speech, language, and hearing conferences, and she has coauthored works soon to appear in the journal Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, the Pediatric Neurology Handbook of Clinical Neurology, and the online International Encyclopedia of Rehabilitation.