Contributors' Notes

Paul Atkinson is a design historian, motorcyclist, and the subject leader of 3D Design at the University of Huddersfield, UK. He has published widely in the field of design history, notably about the design history of the computer, including articles in History and Technology, The Journal of Design History, and Design Issues (see paulatkinsondesign.com). Other areas of interest include the history of the DIY movement (see Atkinson, P Do It Yourself: Design and Democracy, Special Issue of the Journal of Design History Vol. 19 Iss. 1, 2006). His practice-based research interests are in mass-individualisation, and the impact of emerging technologies in generative software and rapid prototyping. His current motorcycle is a Triumph Daytona 900, although he has never really forgiven himself for selling a BMW R80GS.

Sudhir Atreya is a Senior Professor of Industrial Design at IIT Delhi, an expert in Computer Aided Design and responsible for the computer revolution in India. He has guided PhDs in areas such as Computer Aided Mould Design, Ergonomics and Environmental design. He has many designs, patents and research papers to his credit. He was presented the prestigious National Technology Award by the President of India for Outstanding Invention for the Welfare of the Visually Handicapped. Presently, he is the Coordinator and Chairman of the Industrial Design unit. His hobbies are teaching, and painting landscapes and portraits.

D. Mark Austin is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Louisville and also serves on the program faculty of the Urban and Public Affairs Ph.D. program. Some of his recent and forthcoming publications include "Ritual and Boundary Distinction in a Recreational Community: A Case Study of Motorcycle Rallies and Riders," "Graffiti and Perceptions of Safety: A Pilot Study Using Photographs and Survey Data” (with Claudia Sanders), “Commodification and Popular Imagery of the Biker in American Culture” (with Patricia Gagné and Angela Orend), and "Enduring Pictures in Our Heads: The Continuance of Authoritarianism and Racial Stereotyping” (with Sarah Cribbs). At the age of sixteen, with the use of a coupon, he managed to save $50 on the purchase of his second motorcycle. After a few hundred thousand miles of motorcycling and over a decade of research on motorcyclists, he has yet to find any similar purchases reported by other riders. His current garage contains several European motorcycles in a variety of aesthetic and mechanical conditions, none of which were, unfortunately, purchased with a coupon.

Klaus Benesch is a professor of North American Literature at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich.

Matthew Biberman (smbibe01@louisville.edu) is an associate professor of English at the University of Louisville. When not teaching, he works with his father, Sidney Biberman, on Vincents. Matthew’s motorcycling memoir, Big Sid’s Vincati, will be published by Hudson St. Press in 2009. An earlier book, Vincents with Big Sid (Rapide Press, 1998) is available directly from Sid Biberman (bigsid@webtv.net). To learn more about Vincents and the Bibermans’ ongoing work, visit Matthew’s Big Sid website: http://www.mindspring.com/~bigsid/index.html

Jonathan Boorstein is a New York-based freelance journalist covering film, food, design, travel, and the arts as well as motorcycles and popular culture for The Rider's Digest(theridersdigest.co.uk). He can be followed at www.facebook.com/jonathan.boorstein and @jonathan10003.

Sarah Boslaugh is a Senior Statistical Data Analyst for the School of Medicine at Washington University in St. Louis. She wants nothing more than to get a bike and ride all over the world on her own journey of discovery.

Craig Bourne is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Hertfordshire. Craig studied Philosophy at Pembroke College, Cambridge, taking a BA (1995-1998), MPhil (1998-1999) and PhD (1999-2002). He was a Research Fellow at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge (2002-2006), Lecturer in the Cambridge Philosophy Faculty (2004-2005) and College Lecturer in Philosophy at Pembroke and New Hall, Cambridge (2006-2007). Of his previous publications, the most relevant to this journal is Philosophical Ridings: Motorcycles and the Meaning of Life (Oneworld Publications, 2007), and its Spanish translation Pensamiento y motocicleta: Otra visión de la filosofia (Alianza Editorial, 2010). Craig rides a Ducati Sport 1000S.

Emily Caddick Bourne is Academic Director and Teaching Officer in Philosophy at the University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education. Emily completed her BA (2004-2007), MPhil (2007-2008) and PhD (2008-2011) in Philosophy at Newnham College, Cambridge.  From 2011 to November 2014 she is also a Jacobsen Research Fellow at Birkbeck, University of London, based in the Institute of Philosophy. Emily and Craig’s co-authored book Time in Fiction is soon to be published by Oxford University Press. Their website can be found at: www.bournecaddickbourne.com

Barbara Brodman is Professor of Latin American & Caribbean Studies at Nova Southeastern University and author of a variety of scholarly works that deal with Latin American culture and affairs. Her 1997 journey through South America was widely covered by the media, while thousands followed her adventures online. Of particular interest to many was her mere two months experience riding a motorcycle before she embarked upon this journey. Dr. Brodman sits on the Boards of the Inter-American Center for Human Rights and the Global Awareness Institute, an environmental public charity of which she is founder. Scholar, humanitarian, and adventurer, Brodman's knowledge of global and Latin American affairs, and her hands-on approach to acquiring it, enthrall and inspire many students and non-students to whom she lectures regularly.

Sushil Chandra is a practicing design engineer with Hero Honda, the world’s largest motorcycle manufacturer. He was part of the design team for “Splendor,” the world’s largest selling motorcycle. Currently, he heads the design function, which includes both studio and engineering.  He is fascinated by the interplay of social, political and philosophical aspects in the world of engineering design of artifacts. Literature, especially poetry, both ancient and modern, happens to be his hot button. Currently, he is pursuing a PhD in industrial design.

Amber R. Clifford is a member of the Socialist Party and an instructor of Anthropology at Central Missouri State University. She is also ABD in American Studies at the University of Kansas, where she is writing her dissertation on identity formation and sexuality in Kansas City's jazz scene. Amber lives in mid-Missouri with her partner Tara and their two dogs.

Barry Coleman was born (1946) in a town called Boston, whence, in 1630, a particularly intolerant bunch of jihadist Puritans set off to found a furious little community in a seaside swamp that soon became another town called Boston. A member of the great German Hanseatic League, Boston, an elegant trading centre of the Middle Ages, should have become a beacon of human insight and knowledge and shared wisdom but it didn’t. Coleman became an emotional citizen instead of the incomparable city of Manchester, where he went to university (philosophy) and qualified in law. He wrote for the Manchester Guardian and by the usual weird combination of circumstances eventually became, with his wife Andrea, a founder of Riders for Health. He is secretly quite proud of his being recognised by the Skoll Foundation as one of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs and he is actually, openly proud of the fact that he and Andrea were once recipients of a standing ovation by a crowd that included Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Other than that  he is a relatively modest man who has plenty to be modest about. His book about the supreme motorcycle racer, Kenny Roberts (1981) is said to be a pretty good book about a person and things in general and it still costs $100 or so on eBay.

M. Shelly Conner is currently a teaching assistant and Ph.D. student in the Program for Writers at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC).  She is a Gender and Women’s Studies Concentrator focused in the areas of Black Queer Studies and 20th Century Novels by Women of the African Diaspora.  Her fiction and academic work explores the intersections of race, gender, and sexuality.  Shelly owns a 1999 Yamaha Roadstar 1600, is a certified MSF riding instructor, and is the Business Manager for the Chicago Chapter of Immortal Soulz Motorcycle Club.

William Cummings is an associate professor of history at the University of South Florida. He is an ethnographic historian by temperament, and specializes in Southeast Asian history. His ride is an '03 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy.

Michael J. Chappell is assistant professor in the English Department at Western Connecticut State University. He has published essays on Shelley, Milton, and Samuel Johnson. A motorcyclist for 35 years, he currently rides a 2003 Triumph and is restoring a 1973 Norton and 1980 Yamaha XS11. A founding member of New England's Hexnuts riding group—Live to Ride, Ride to Eat is their motto—his recent culinary motorcycle adventures have taken him to the Mid-Ohio Superbike races and to the Canadian Superbike races at Mosport.

Mary K. Coffey is the daughter of motorcycle riding parents and an assistant professor of the Art of the Americas in the Department of Art History at Dartmouth College. She has published numerous articles on the relationship between cultural policy and display and the disciplining of subaltern communities. Her work can be found in Cultural Studies and Communication journals, exhibition catalogs, and edited collections on the politics of social realism as well as neoliberal governance and museum policy. When she was seven, she and her father set out on a two week motorcycle trip to the Bicentennial celebrations in Washington DC, and thereafter, they hit the road on a succession of Hogs and touring bikes. Growing up in a household wherein Bach concertos, Grateful Dead lyrics, and Zen Buddhism mingled with talk of Springer front-ends, blue highways, and iron-butts has produced in her a healthy respect for the manifold ways in which culture is expressed and experienced.

Geoff Crowther is Director of the Leisure Consumer Research Group and Principal Lecturer in the Department of Marketing at the Huddersfield University Business School, UK. Geoff has completed a number of research studies of motorcycling including a study of the changing self-identities of motorcyclists. Currently he is leading a research program supported by the Motorcycle Industry Association examining motorcycle rider development. He has been an active, enthusiastic motorcyclist for thirty years and is a regular visitor to the Isle of Man TT races. He rides a BMW GS1150.

Nan Curtis is currently Curator of Art at the Neville Public Museum in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  Prior to joining the Neville, Curtis curated and co-curated a number of real and virtual exhibitions.  Curtis’ popular exhibition, Hogs, Choppers and the Fat Boy:  100 years of Harley-Davidsons, appeared at the Neville in 2003.  A graduate of Columbia College, Chicago (B.A. 1989), California State University, Northridge (M.A., 1999, cum laude), and the University of Michigan (M.S.I., 2002), Curtis has worked at the Henry Ford Museum, J.P. Getty Museum, Los Angeles County Museum, and the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago.  She also has teaching experience at the University of Michigan, leads regular art history lectures at the Neville Public Museum, and has acted as a consultant for the art library at the Villa Corsi-Salvioti in Sesto-Fiorentino, Italy.

Marilyn Delong is a professor in the College of Design at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Kelly Gage is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family, Consumer and Nutritional Sciences at St. Catherine University in St. Paul. Monica Sklar is a Ph.D. candidate in the College of Design at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Juyeon Park is an assistant professor in the Department of Design and Merchandising at Colorado State University, Fort Collins. All are apparel scholars relating aesthetics and design in cultural contexts. Dr. DeLong and Dr. Park published “From Cool to Hot to Cool, the Case for the Black Leather Jacket,” in Reilly & Cosbey’s Men’s Fashion Reader. Portions of the authors’ research on the black leather jacket have been presented at the Costume Society of America conferences in 2008 and 2009, and the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association conferences in 2008 and 2009.

Chad DeMars is currently a Ph.D. student and teaching assistant at Texas Tech University where he received his MA in history in Aug, 2006. His academic focus is cultural/social history since 1877, and he has both an academic and personal interest in motorcycles and motorcycle culture. Chad has been riding off and on since he was six years old.

Sasha Disko is completing a Ph.D. in Modern European History at New York University.  Her dissertation, "Men, Motorcycles and Modernity; A History of Motorization during the Weimar Republic," takes the historically specific and socially dynamic process of motorization as the basis for examining conflicts over the instable categories of class, gender and generation in 1920s Germany.  She is currently a proud resident of the great borough of Brooklyn, however, she will be relocating to Berlin in Spring 2008 to commence a two year post-doctoral fellowship with the Transatlantische Graduiertenkolleg at the Center for Metropolitan Studies at the Technical University Berlin.

Michelle Ann Duff is a writer, photograher, publisher and Grand Prix Champion. She has always been opinionated and this fact has often gotten her into trouble. Details about mad8Publishing and her book, The Mike Duff Story, Make Haste, Slowly can be found on her web site: www.michelleduff.ca

William L. Dulaney, a Visiting Assistant Professor of Communication and Director of Oral Communication Competency at Western Carolina University, is a doctoral candidate in Communication Theory and Research at Florida State University and a former member of an outlaw motorcycle club. Dulaney's research is the product of five years of participant observation, ten years of experience “in the life,” and an intense personal desire to understand what it means to be an outlaw biker. He also examines organizational identity and communication in outlaw motorcycle clubs in order to help others come to share to the degree possible the outlaw bikers’ perspective. His primary research agenda centers on elucidating motorcycle club culture and exposing media myths about the outlaw motorcycle club subculture. You may contact him via e-mail at wdulaney@wcu.edu or by phone at (828) 227-2329. 

Reg Eyre toured New Zealand for three months by motorcycle in 2005, having taken early retirement six months earlier. His main hobby is researching and riding pre-1915 motorcycles and he was astonished at the number of original machines and documentation that still exist in New Zealand.  On his return to the UK, he began to use the New Zealand archived resources online to follow several lines of informal research. During this period he accessed the Centre for New Zealand Studies at Birkbeck College and was encouraged to register for a Ph.D. This was awarded in August 2012.

Galen Farrington was born in New York City where his first mode of personal transportation was his bicycle that he still pedals today almost sixty years later in the south-central mountains of New Mexico.  Galen migrated to the southwest in the late 1960s where the motorcycle became his preferred means of transportation.  During his forty-year career (and still counting!) as an educator teaching English and psychology, he became a certified Motorcycle Safety Foundation instructor (two years), a United States Cycling Federation coach (twelve years), and a United States Chess Federation coach (thirteen years).  One of Galen’s more recent activities includes writing the “Psycling Chronicles,” a regular column for a local newspaper.  Galen is currently a resource instructor at Eastern New Mexico University, Ruidoso campus, where he teaches freshman composition and the occasional Motorcycle Literature course.  Galen, his wife Chris (also an educator), and their three Yorkshire Terriers live in the rarified mountain atmosphere of Ruidoso, New Mexico, home of the Aspencade motorcycle rally.

Patricia Gagné is Associate Professor and Graduate Coordinator in the Department of Sociology at the University of Louisville where she teaches undergraduate and graduate theory courses.  Her research focuses primarily on issues of gender and the negotiation of power, including the battered women's clemency movement, social pressures and resistance among transgendered individuals, and conformity and resistance among women undergoing voluntary breast augmentation surgery. She has also published research on community among touring motorcyclists, corporate logo tattoos and the commodification of the body, and most recently, the commodification of the outlaw biker image. After fifteen years of motorcycling and studying and participating in the cultural world of adventure touring riders, she traded in her 2003 BMW R1150GS for a pickup truck and horse trailer, figuring the next big challenge in life might come from learning to ride four feet above the ground on an animal with a mind of its own and a primordial fear of everything.

Leland Giovannelli is a generalist in education, profession, and preferences. She has degrees from St. John’s College (BA, Liberal Arts) and the University of Chicago (MA, General Studies in Humanities; Ph.D., History of Science) and currently teaches humanities and history of science and technology to engineering students at the University of Colorado in Boulder. An avid fan of soul music, pre-1960 films, water-color painting, and opera, she rides a 1983 BMW R65 motorcycle and a Raleigh hybrid 18-speed bicycle.

Thomas Goodmann is Associate Professor of English at the University of Miami, where he offers courses in medieval language and literature, as well as medievalism.  He has published previously in IJMS, as well as recently in Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching (SMART), and Research on Medieval and Renaissance Drama (ROMARD).  He rides a 2010 BMW F650 GS twin.

James B. Gould teaches courses in ethics, bioethics and death for the Department of Philosophy at McHenry County College, Crystal Lake, Illinois, USA.  He has been riding for 40 years.

Miguel Grunstein, MFA (Cinema/Television, University of Southern California, Los Angeles), is a New Mexico-based filmmaker and motorcyclist, who has been producing film, video and music since the 1970s. His work in documentaries, music videos and commercials has been broadcast nationally and globally. His films have screened at many US and international festivals, garnering significant recognition. An Academy Award finalist, Miguel has also been honored with several Emmys, PBS/CPB awards, Clios, Cine Golden Eagles, as well as top awards at New York, Houston, San Francisco and Chicago festivals. Subject areas have included education, disability, contemporary literature, music, dance, visual arts, cultural and urban history, religion, political advocacy, labor and environmental concerns. While living in Los Angeles, Miguel collaborated in the creation of pioneering realtime visual mixing systems, laying the conceptual and technical foundation of his music-image work. Absolutely Nothing, Next 22 Miles … A Fugue for Motorcycle represents his latest iteration within this field of aural-visual experimentation.

Saravanan Gurupackiam is a post-doctoral researcher in transportation engineering at the University of Alabama.  He specializes in traffic flow and safety modeling.

Emily Haas, PhD (Purdue University, 2012) is a behavior research scientist for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health(NIOSH) Office of Mine Safety and Health Research (OMSHR). Her current research is focused on the formative research, development, implementation, and evaluation of behavioral and worker empowerment interventions to minimize safety risks and health hazards and enhance worker competencies.

Don Hennigan has been a teacher for thirty years in various schools in Texas. He currently teaches in a youth prison in Sheffield, Texas. He is also a graduate student at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, and is currently working on a Ph.D. in Higher Education and History. His main focus is motorcycle culture, with an emphasis on outlaw club life. Hennigan has rode motorcycles since he was sixteen and currently rides a 2000 Harley Davidson FXWG.

Rick Hogan is Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, where his special areas of interest were Plato and Nietzsche. He divides his time between Massachusetts, where the ride is a Road King Classic and Valencia, Spain, where it's a Sportster Roadster.

Timothy A. D. Holmes is a lecturer in the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies at Cardiff University, Wales, specializing in the historical and cultural aspects of magazine journalism. He spent 15 years as a journalist and editor on a range of motorcycling titles in the UK , the final one his own publication. He shares a Triumph T140V with his wife and pours cash into a hole called "restoration of a 1960 Trophy 650."

Gerd Hurm is is Professor of American Literature and Culture at the University of Trier, Germany, and the founding director of the Trier Center for American Studies. His publications include Fragmented Urban Images: The American City in Modern Fiction from Stephen Crane to Thomas Pynchon and Rewriting the Vernacular Mark Twain: The Aesthetics and Politics of Orality in Samuel Clemens's Fictions. In his Fulbright year at PSU, his research and teaching has focused on American post-war culture and literature. A volume of essays with the title Rebels Without a Cause: Renegotiating the American Fifties, co-edited with Ann Marie Fallon, will be published in March 2007.

Richard Hutch is Reader in Religion and Psychological Studies and Head of the School of History, Philosophy, Religion & Classics at the University of Queensland, Australia, where he has worked since 1978.  Prior to this, he was on the academic staff of the Department of Religious Studies, Southern Illinois University.  His degrees are the BA (Gettysburg College, 1967), BD (Yale University 1970), MA (University of Chicago, 1971) and PhD (University of Chicago, 1974).   His work includes the books, Religious Leadership:  Personality, History and Sacred Authority (1991), The Meaning of Lives:  Biography, Autobiography and the Spiritual Quest (1997) and Lone Sailors and Spiritual Insights:  Cases of Sport and Peril at Sea (2005), along with numerous articles in the areas of the psychology of religion, psychoanalysis, life-writing, sport and spirituality and the history of religions.

Dr. Barbara Joans is the Director of the Merritt Museum of anthropology and Chair of the Anthropology Department at Merritt College.   She is also the author of BIKE LUST:Harleys, Women and American Society, University of Wisconsin Press, 2001, which is now in its seventh printing and is featured in the BEAT Museum in San Francisco. The book is also being used in anthropology courses in colleges and universities. She has a monthly column with Thunder Press, BikeRest with BJ, and she lives in San Francisco with one husband, two Harleys, and three cats. 

Charles Johnson is a professor at Valdosta State University where he expects his students to think for themselves in his American, German, International, Motorcycle and Popular Culture Studies courses. At present, he is busy designing and co-directing a summer study program in Germany, Lichtenstein, and Switzerland. He is also working on an essay about the motorcycle writings of Rush drummer Neil Peart. In the real world he rides on a never-ending journey aboard either his C50Boulevard or his R1200RT for the perfect cup of coffee.

Christina Jones, PhD (Purdue University, 2013) is an Assistant Professor of Health and Corporate Communication in the Department of Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater). Her research focuses on communication in underserved populations, with an interest in health campaigns and persuasion theory. Her interests focus on the impact of communicative erasures of marginalized voices in policy venues, with particular interest in socio-economic health disparities and food insecurity.  

Steven Jones is an Associate Professor of transportation engineering at the University of Alabama.  He teaches courses and conducts research on transportation operations and safety. He also lectures on the intersection of transportation and American culture. Steven hopes to get back to riding soon... 

Matthew Kiesner has a BA in Film Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a MA in Film Studies from Emory University. He currently teaches film studies at Oxford College of Emory University. His academic interests are in exploitation films, subculture, Surrealism and gender studies. He collects obscure 1960s records (including biker movie soundtracks), vintage musical equipment, original movie posters and garish polyester clothing. Around Atlanta he is known to play in psychedelic bands, put on various events and make eye-popping posters for said events.

Steve Koerner has a BA in history from the University of Victoria (Canada) and a PhD in Social History from the University of Warwick (England). His book The Strange Death of the British Motor Cycle Industry was published in 2012 by Crucible Books.   Koerner lives in Victoria B.C. Canada.  He is a long-time motorcycle enthusiast and owns a 1958 500cc Matchless G-80, a 1974 850cc Norton Commando as well as a 2000 Harley-Davidson Road King.

Carin Kosmoski, PhD (Purdue University, 2009) is a research scientist for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. As a graduate student, Dr. Kosmoski was a research assistant for the Motorcycle Safety at Purdue campaign.

Adele Kubein. After running away from home at the age of eleven and growing up through her teens on the streets of San Francisco under the protection of the Daly City Chapter of the Hells Angels, Adele Kubein moved to Oregon and started a gardening business.  Then thirty-two years after dropping out of school in the seventh grade, she went back, passed her GED, enrolled in the local community college, then on to Oregon State University and a degree in political science.  She’ll start graduate studies in anthropology this fall and continue the anti-war activism for which she’s best known in recent years.  These days Danny works as a computer technician, fusses over her yet, albeit from afar, visits with club members when he has time and still rides like there is a great party at the end of every road.  Adele has a twenty-six year old Honda Twinstar, a near-new BMW F650GSAL in the garage, and a geezer boyfriend downstairs with a stable of assorted Beemers.


 

Lars Lagergren, PhD, is Researcher and Senior lecturer in Leisure Studies at Malmoe University, Sweden.  He has written several works on the motorcycle from a cultural perspective. Some examples of his writing are Svensk motorcykelkultur (The Swedish Motorcycle Culture) in which he treats various subcultures connected to the motorcycle and Saxtorps Grand Prix, which discusses the creation of an annual international motorcycle race during the 1930s. Lagergren has also written a number of articles concerning the motorcycle as an object of identity.

Charles Lamb is Senior Lecturer and Head of Marketing in the Commerce Division of Lincoln University, in Christchurch, New Zealand. He rebuilt his first motorcycle in 1969 (a 1941 Indian, which he still owns) and, while living in Invercargill, became quite close to Burt Munro. Recently, he founded PRISM (Promotion of Responsibility in Safe Motorcycling) in response to the renewed enthusiasm in NZ for motorcycling, and to help train both young and older people in riding for recreation and sport. At Lincoln University he has also established the AIMS (Australasian Institute for Motorcycle Studies) project, which is a developing research centre for all motorcycle related studies.

David Lancaster is a graduate in Philosophy and Literature from the University of Warwick, and working journalist and lecturer. After three years road-testing on MotorCycle International, a title published by BIKE founder Mark Williams, he held positions on BBC’s Top Gear, The Times, and launched two food/restaurant magazines: IPC’s EatSoup (closed) and the trade magazine, Restaurant. Currently, he writes for numerous magazines and newspapers including Restaurant, Olive, Classic Bike, The Times and The Express, and lectures in gastronomy and journalism. He is privileged to look after, and ride, his late father’s Vincent Black Prince, which has been in the family since 1963 and he is editing a short video and Super 8 film of his trip in the sidecar of Fritz Egli’s Black Shadow outfit over the Alps last autumn. Egli, at the age of 72, set a new sidecar speed record at Bonneville this summer with runs of 204 and 208 mph on a Suzuki Hayabusa – “I knew was in good hands,” says Lancaster.

Matthew Linton is assistant professor of fine arts at the University of Houston-Clear Lake. He has been riding motorcycles for sixteen years and has been actively documenting the machines and the "biker" lifestyle for about a year and a half. He exhibits his works internationally as well as at selected venues around the country. He generally works with Polaroid film. More of his images can be found at www.artbiker.com.

Adrien Litton began his fascination with motorized two-wheeled conveyances at the age of six and they have not been far from his consciousness since. He has been riding motorcycles for the past thirty years, whenever an opportunity presents itself. He has contributed articles to Thunder Press and Hot Bike Magazine.  Mr. Litton currently resides in Southern California where he makes his living as a geographer, devising methods for putting maps into Geographic Information Systems (GIS) databases.

Randy D. McBee is an associate professor of history at Texas Tech University where he teaches courses in U.S. immigration and urban history and recent U.S. history. He is currently working on a manuscript about the history of motorcyclists since 1947.

Darilynn (Dee) McClure is a Charter Life Member and has served as a chapter secretary/treasurer, District Advisor and Vice Chairman for the Texas Motorcycle Rights Association.  She also served as secretary for the Gulf Coast Motorcycle Rights Association.   Dee is also an Aid to Injured Motorcyclists Representative and Texas ABATE Confederation member.  Her history with the biker community, club, independent, and with motorcycle rights organizations, extends back through 30+ years.  She has had articles published in the Texas Iron and Texas Road Warrior magazines and poetry published in The National Library of Poetry.  Dee has studied and read many Native writers and teachers, as this is another of her life passions/interests.  She currently resides in San Marcos, Texas with her dog, Cheyenne and cat, Bailey.  She can be reached at dnative54@yahoo.com

Suzanne McDonald-Walker is a Senior Lecturer in Politics at the University of Northampton, England and Series Co-ordinator for the Economic and Social Research Council's Research Seminar Series, “Citizenship and its Futures.” She has published a book, Bikers: Culture, Politics and Power, and various articles on biker politics, history and culture. She has ridden motorcycles since her teens and owns a brace of Moto Guzzis.

Lisa MacKinney has a BA (Hons) and MA from La Trobe University, Melbourne, where her work focussed on The Book of Margery Kempe (c. 1436) and the role of devotional art in medieval religion and mysticism. She is completing a PhD (History) at the University of Western Australia, entitled “Dressed in Black”: The Shangri-Las and America. Lisa also worked in record shops for 17 years, and plays guitar and organ at extreme volumes in the rock group Second Viennese School, and solo as Mystic Eyes (see www.myspace.com/lisamackinney).

Fábio Magnani is Adjunct Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil. In 2010, he taught the undergraduate course, Introduction to Motorcycle Engineering, and in 2011 he began the very experimental graduate course, Motorcycle Studies. As Brazil is a sunny country, he can ride his Yamaha XT660 all year long. His greatest ride was from Recife to the Atacama Desert, a 15,000-km round trip. Since January 2011, he has been authoring a column about motorcycle literature for a Brazilian motorcycle magazine. He is the owner of the motorcycle blog "Equilíbrio em Duas Rodas” (“Equilibrium on Two Wheels”).

Sheila Malone is currently a PhD student in Theater and Performance Studies at UCLA, where she is researching the intersections of gender, technology, performance and motorcycles. Malone teaches at Cabrillo College in the Art Photography Department and El Camino College in the Theater Department. She received an MFA in Digital Media Arts from CADRE (Computers in Art, Design and Education) Laboratory for New Media at San Jose State University and a BA in Theatre Arts from Virginia Tech University. Her art explores sexuality, gender, technology and American culture. Her documentary films SF Dykes on Bikes® and Annie Sprinkle’s Amazing World of Orgasm have been shown throughout the world.

Ramona Marinache is a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Sociology, University of Bucharest. She has dreamed of studying motorcycling since she discovered social sciences. After buying her first set of two wheels the dream became reality. Now she’s exploring solo motorcycle journeys and riders' daydreaming through her sociological headlight.

Marifran Mattson, PhD (Arizona State University, 1995) is Professor and Interim Head of the Brian Lamb School of Communication at Purdue University. Professor Mattson emphasizes the Scholarship of Engagement by exploring the intersection of designing, implementing, and evaluating health communication campaigns, health advocacy initiatives, and service-learning pedagogy.  Her current research and teaching project, the Motorcycle Safety at Purdue campaign (www.ItInvolvesYou.com), integrates her professional interests. This campaign was founded with a team of graduate students after Professor Mattson was involved in a life-altering motorcycle crash.  Professor Mattson is coauthor of Health as Communication Nexus: A Service-Learning Approach and her research has been published in journals including, Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons, Communication MonographsHealth CommunicationHealth Promotion Practice, Health Marketing Quarterly, Journal of Applied Communication Research, and Journal of Health Communication.

Leerom Medovoi is an associate professor and director of the Portland Center for Public Humanities at Portland State University. He is the author of Rebels: Youth and the Cold War Origins of Identity (Duke University Press, 2005).

Ron Milam is a military historian at Texas Tech University in Lubbock Texas. He serves as the Interim Director of the Center for War and Diplomacy in the Post-Vietnam War Era, and teaches classes on the Vietnam War and the history of insurgency. He rides a 2007 “Patriot” Ultra Classic, a 2003 Heritage Softail Classic, and a 1997 Electra Glide Classic.

Pamela L. Morris, PhD (Purdue University, 2012) is an Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse where she specializes in media studies and new media. Her research explores the design and use of new media  communication technologies, how these technologies are socially constructed, and how they influence and change communication practices in both organizations and everyday life. This has included the study of virtual work, the influence of reality television on talk about families, and social media activity between professors and students.

Bernadette Murphy, MFA, is currently writing a book-length nonfiction narrative, Look, Lean, Roll: A Woman, A Motorcycle and the Rocky Road to Authenticity from which this paper is selectively excerpted. She has published three books of creative nonfiction: The Tao Gals’ Guide to Real Estate (with Michelle Huneven), a nonfiction narrative following the lives of six women, herself included, as they put Tao principles to work navigating the red-hot real estate market (Bloomsbury USA, 2007); The Knitter’s Gift (2004), an anthology of creative nonfiction, poetry and fiction; and the bestselling Zen and the Art of Knitting (2002) in which she uses memoir and reportage to explore the connection between fiber arts, creativity, and spirituality. She recently completed a first novel about music, motherhood and madness, Grace Notes. She served for six years as a weekly book critic for the Los Angeles Times. Her personal narratives and essays on literature have appeared in The Rumpus, The Nervous Breakdown, Tiferet Journal, RoleReboot, BOOK Magazine, Ms. Magazine, LA Weekly, San Francisco Chronicle, San Jose Mercury News, Los Angeles Times Magazine and elsewhere. She currently serves as core faculty in creative nonfiction at the Antioch University Los Angeles MFA program.

Paul Nagy teaches at Clovis Community College in Clovis, NM.  He received his BA from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, an MA from Iowa State, an MPA from Drake, and is currently completing a PhD from Northern Illinois University.  Throughout his academic career, he has also owned and ridden twelve different motorcycles, and currently rides a '99 Honda VFR800.

Klaus Neumann-Braun is Professor of Media Science and head of the Institute of Media Science at the University of Basel, Switzerland

Ryôta Nishino is a lecturer (assistant professor) in the History Division at the University of the South Pacific. His previous research includes a comparative history of education and history textbook analyses in post-war Japan and South Africa. (Changing Histories: Japanese and South African Textbooks in Comparison (1945–1995), Göttingen, V&R Unipress: June, 2011. http://www.v-r.de/de/Nishino-Changing-Histories/t/389971816/) He is currently engaged in two projects on travelogue: a travelogue by a Japanese teenage motorcyclist in the 1950s, and a contemporary history of travel-writing on the Pacific by Japanese travel writers.

Cheryl North is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Education at University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She teaches courses on literacy focusing on literacy in different disciplines, as well as in the English language arts classroom. Cheryl is deeply concerned about the teaching of writing in our schools. She is a firm believer that literacy is social and cultural, and that test prompts will not accurately reflect a students’ writing ability nor will it motivate them to use writing as a tool for communication, learning, and thinking. She is a motorcycle enthusiast who is a member of the Motor Maids and owns a 2007 Springer Softail Classic.

Jeremy Packer began riding the week he moved to Urbana/Champaign to begin his graduate work at the University of Illinois. Little did he know at the time, the two activities would become intimately entwined. He has since escaped the flatlands of the “I” states for North Carolina where the Blue Ridge Parkway always beckons and he is an Associate Professor of Communication at North Carolina State University.  He is the author of Mobility Without Mayhem: Mass Mediating Safety and Automobility (Duke, forthcoming 2008) and the co-editor of Foucault Cultural Studies and Governmentality (SUNY 2003) and Thinking with James Carey: Essays on Communications, Transportation, History (Peter Lang, 2006).  His research explores the relationships between mobility, safety, communications, and national security and can be found in communications and cultural studies journals.

Allison Perlman is completing her doctoral work in American Studies at the University of Texas.  Beginning in the fall of 2007, she will be teaching in Visual Studies at Penn State, Erie.  Her current research investigates media reform activism in the United States.

Christopher Thomas Potter holds a Ph.D from the University of Northumbria for work including a thesis on social and cultural aspects of motorcycling during the interwar period. He has owned and ridden motorcyclists for over the the last 30 years, never having owned a car. Currently, he spends a good deal of time helping restore steam engines at Locomotion museum in Shildon, one of the cradles of the railways.

Eryl Price-Davies teaches Media Theory and Research Methods to undergraduate film production students in Salisbury, UK. He rides a KTM 900 Adventure S on which he dd a 25,000-mile solo trip around the USA, Mexico and Canada in 2010. He has also taken part in two organized motorcycle tours, to Libya and Russia.

Graham Priest is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the Graduate Center, City University of New York (US), and Boyce Gibson Professor Emeritus at the University of Melbourne (Australia). He works in many areas, including metaphysics, the history of philosophy, and Asian philosophy, but is best known for his work on philosophical logic–especially paraconsistent logic. He is the author of over 200 papers, and books including In Contradiction (2nd ed. OUP, 2006), Beyond the Limits of Thought (2nd ed. OUP, 2002), Towards Non-Being (OUP, 2005)Doubt Truth to be a Liar (OUP, 2006) and Introduction to Non-Classical Logic (2nd ed. CUP, 2008), One (OUP, 2014). 

Eric Primm received his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is currently an instructor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Colorado. His areas of research include race and sport, class, class culture, and deviant subcultures. He has been riding for 12 years and currently rides an '85 Super Glide (but don't tell his mother).

Ivan Rabinowitz is a professor in the Department of English at the University of South Africa. He has published on literary theory and romanticism. His current research project focuses on the possibility of constructing an “applied literary studies” and an ethics of reading.  Rabinowitz rides with the Pretoria chapter of the Ulysses motorcycle club. He keeps his 1969 Triumph Daytona in a state of perpetual near-readiness and rides a 1985 Honda Gold Wing GL1100.

David Russell is a retired military officer, former air ambulance pilot, and a member and field judge in both the AACA and the AMCA. He creates historical art, writes about motorcycle culture, and teaches as an adjunct lecturer in art at Penn State, Harrisburg. He recently served as guest curator for the Dusty Jewels and British Invasion motorcycle exhibits at the AACA Museum in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Crowding his modest home are one antique car and way-too-many antique motorcycles.

Barbara Schoichet is currently completing her PhD in Creative Writing at Lancaster University in England. The author of a nonfiction book entitled, The New Single Woman: Discovering a Life of Her Own (Contemporary Books), she now lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she is finishing her next book, a novel entitled Bug Juice, about a cross-country motorcycle trip she made alone on her Harley-Davidson Sportster. 

Andreas Schroeder has made his living as a freelance writer in Canada for the past 45 years. His 25 books include works of fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, history, translation and literary criticism. For a dozen years (1990-2002) he was the “Resident Crookologist” on CBC Radio’s BASIC BLACK SHOW, presenting mini-documentaries about some of the world's most imaginative crooks and hoaxers. His books have won or been finalists for over a dozen literary awards, including the Governor-General’s Award for Nonfiction (1977),  the Sealbooks First Novelist Award (1984) and a Canadian Association of Journalists' Best Investigative Journalism Award (1991). He currently holds the Rogers Communications Chair in Creative Nonfiction in the University of British Columbia's  Creative Writing Program, and rides a Honda VTX1300R (not necessarily in that order).

Greg Semack was born (and still resides) in the Detroit area. At that time, he was disappointed to discover that there were no motorcycles in his family. Fifteen years later he remedied that situation and has been riding ever since. One Suzuki, three Hondas, a BMW, a Buell, and seven Harleys later, Mr. Semack now regularly attends national motorcycle rallies, is a member of The Motor City Harley Owners Group, and has at one time or another visited both coasts on motorcycle trips. His garage is home to a 2003 Screaming Eagle Road King, a 2003 Heritage Softail, and a 2001 Heritage Springer. He answers the question “Occupation?” with “motel owner.” This allows him the excuse of going on bike trips to stay in touch with the motel industry.

Susan Semack is a Vice President for an international marketing research company and specializes in consumer and business-to-business research for the automotive and health care industries. She has been riding since 2001, but still hasn’t figured out how to work less and ride more. She presently rides a 2003 Harley Davidson Heritage Softail Classic.

Robert Shabanowitz is an Associate at the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, PA, where he has been the Laboratory Director of the Advanced Reproductive Technologies Program since 1991.  Prior to that Robert held a similar position at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Since childhood, Robert always wanted to ride motorcycles but his mother would not allow it.  In 1998, at age 47, he made the decision to directly disobey his mother’s wishes, participated in a Motorcycle Safety Program and purchased his first motorcycle, a 650cc Suzuki Savage.  Robert joined the Susquehanna Motorcycle Club in 1999, about the same time his parents finally realized he had purchased a motorcycle; they blamed his sister. Bob has been a motorcycle enthusiast ever since, and now rides a 2005 Harley-Davidson Softail Standard, whom he affectionately calls “Waltzing Matilda.”  In his spare time, Bob serves as Vice President of the Susquehanna Motorcycle Club in Milton, PA and volunteers as a transformative mediator for the Central Susquehanna Valley Mediation Center.

Kris “TigerLady” Slawinski is a medical education specialist at University of Chicago, writes for motorcycle magazines, and co-founded, hosted and produced Open Road Radio, a motorcycle talk radio show. She served as a curatorial advisor to the AMA’s traveling Women & Motorcycles exhibit, and to Chicago’s Field Museum for The Art of the Motorcycle design exhibition. TigerLady has been riding for 30 years, founded the Mean Bikee Chix, is a member of the Vincent Owners Club Chicago Section, and currently owns a 2004 BMW R1150, a 1998 Honda NT650 Hawk GT, and a basket case Vincent Firefly.

J. Richard Stevens is an assistant professor of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Colorado Boulder. Dr. Stevens' research delves into the intersection of ideological formation and media message dissemination. This work comprises studies such as how cultural messages are formed and passed through popular media, how technology infrastructure affects the delivery of media messages, communication technology policy, and related studies in how media and technology platforms are changing American public discourse.

Katherine Sutherland is Associate Dean of Arts at Thompson Rivers University in British Columbia, Canada. She specializes in postcolonial studies and cultural studies, with a specific focus on hockey, soccer and motorcycling.

Hartmut Rosa is Professor of Sociology at the University of Jena, Germany and Affiliated Professor of Sociology at the New School University, whose principal work is Beschleunigung ("Acceleration"), 2005.

Christopher Thrasher is a PhD student at Texas Tech University purusing fields in gender, recent American and Latin American history. Before coming to Texas Tech, he worked as a welder, landscaper, butcher, retail manager and history professor. In addition to his work on motorcycle history, he has also produced scholarship on the birth of prison gangs, the technology of violence, and the rise of crime in Porfirian Mexico.

Dr. Amy Ruth Tobol is an Associate Professor of Social Theory, Structure, and Change at SUNY Empire State College.  In addition to teaching sociology, legal studies, and criminal justice courses, Dr. Tobol is obsessed with fiber arts and motorcycles.  Her Honda Rebel 250 is currently recuperating in a garage, while Dr. Tobol recuperates from a variety of motorcycle and non motorcycle mishaps.

Andy Tribble has a degree in English Literature from Cambridge University. Before taking up his scholarship he rode with the Jailhouse Rockers of Walthamstow, a bunch of greasers who were too hard for the ’59. During the day he worked as a despatch rider, then in a bike spares shop and breaker’s yard. While a student he published a book of poetry called True Adventures on the A10. He is a member of the Cambridge University MCC. On graduation he joined Ogilvy and Mather as a copywriter, and worked in various London advertising agencies until becoming Creative Director of his own company, and then quitting with the cash. He has never bought a car. His long-distance machine is a Peraves Ecomobile; he also owns a Ural and several MZs.

Simon Vaukins grew up on the Isle of Man and therefore grew up with the TT.  A PhD candidate in history at Lancaster University, he is writing a thesis which sets the TT into the wider context of the social and cultural history of the Isle of Man. He has presented papers on the subject at the British Society of Sports History (BSSH) annual conference (2005 and 2006), the Irish Society of Sports History (2006) and at "Histfest" the annual postgraduate conference at Lancaster Unverisity (2005 and 2007). A summary of his research was published in the BSSH bulletin (2005).

Errol Vieth is an associate professor in film and communication at Central Queensland University in Australia. He has written predominantly in the area of film but also in that of motorcycling. He owned a Triumph 500 and a Yamaha TX 650 in his younger days, before rediscovering motorcycling 18 years ago on a BMW R80. He now rides a Moto Guzzi California EV. He recently rode around the south island of New Zealand on a Harley Davidson Road King Classic. He is a founding member of the Capricornia Branch of the Ulysses Club.

Richard B. Verrone is Coordinator for Undergraduate Research in the Texas Tech University Honors College. Previously he was an Archivist and Head of the Oral History Project at the Vietnam Center and Archive at Texas Tech. He holds a doctorate in American, Asian, and modern European History from Texas Tech University. Dr. Verrone is a Fulbright Scholar, an Adjunct Professor of History in the TTU Department of History, an Instructor in the TTU Honors College, Instructor in the TTU Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, and is a past president of the Texas Tech University Staff Senate.

Johannes Voelz is Assistant professor at Goethe-University in Frankfurt am Main.

James J. Ward is Professor of History and Director of the Honors Program at Cedar Crest College in Allentown, Pennsylvania.  His degrees are from Middlebury College and New York University.  His enthusiasm for British motorcycles began when he over-wintered in a fraternity house room with a DBD34 Gold Star and became permanent with the subsequent acquisition of a Velocette Thruxton (in the days when British singles were being given away). Both, alas, are long gone, but the affection remains.

Julie Willett is an assocate professor at Texas Tech University where she teaches courses on gender, labor, and sexuality. She is currently completing a book manuscript on masculinity, women's work, and childcare.

John M. Withers IV is an avid biker, bikesplotation cinephile, student of literature, and teacher, who has been pondering what truly makes a biker movie.  When he is not riding his Honda Valkyrie or researching biker movies, he teaches literature at Belmont Abbey College in North Carolina.  He is pursuing his PhD in Literature and Criticism from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Gary L. Winn is a Professor of Safety and Environmental Management at West Virginia University's College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, where he teaches construction safety and principles of safety management. His freshman engineers have used motorcycles to introduce theory of engineering design, including a design and test of aerodynamic improvements for a top Daytona race team and fast-fuel fillers for racing applications. He suggests that hands-on designs and competition among freshmen groups bring out the best in the young engineers. Winn's motorcycle experience began with motor scooters in the Georgia swamps and evolved into an appreciation of simplicity and elegance of design, exemplified by his current stable of Moto Guzzi twins including a pair of matched V-7 Sports. His interests also include John Deere two-cylinder tractors, stationary oil field engines and farming with draft horses.

Ed Youngblood has a B.A. from Oklahoma State (1965) and an M.A. from Ohio University (1968), and has worked in the motorcycle industry for thirty years. His positions included the presidency of the American Motorcyclist Association and the deputy presidency of the Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme.  His published writings include several books (John Penton and the Off-Road Motorcycle Revolution, A Century of Indian, Mann of His Time) and many articles.  He has served as a curator or curatorial consultant to the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum, the Guggenheim Museum, Ohio State University, and the Columbus College of Art and Design.  He also manages MotoHistory, a comprehensive resource for news and information about motorcycle history: http://www.motohistory.net.