Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 John J. Macioniswas born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He earned a bachelorrsquo;s degree from Cornell University and a doctorate in sociology from the University of Pennsylvania. John Macionis is Professor and Distinguished Scholar of Sociology at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, where he has taught for almost thirty years. During that time, he has chaired the Sociology Department, directed the collegersquo;s multidisciplinary program in humane studies, presided over the campus senate and the collegersquo;s faculty, and taught sociology to thousands of students. nbsp; In 2002, the American Sociological Association presented Macionis with the Award for Distinguished Contributions to Teaching, citing his innovative use of global material as well as the introduction of new teaching technology in his textbooks. nbsp; His publications are wide-ranging, focusing on community life in the United States, interpersonal intimacy in families, effective teaching, humor, new information technology, and the importance of global education. In addition to authoring this #1 best-seller, Macionis has also writtenSociety: The Basics,the #1 most popular paperback text in the field, now in its ninth edition.nbsp; In addition, Macionis and Nijole V. Benokraitis have edited the best-selling anthologySeeing Ourselves: Classic, Contemporary, and Cross-Cultural Readings in Sociology.nbsp; Macionisrsquo;s most recent textbook isSocial Problems(Prentice Hall), now in its third edition and the leading book in this field. Vincent N. Parrillowas born and raised in Paterson, New Jersey. He received his B.S. degree from Seton Hall University, his M.A. from Montclair State University, and his doctorate from Rutgers University. His books include:Strangers to These Shores9th ed. (Allyn & Bacon, 2008);Diversity in America3rd ed. (Pine Forge Press, 2008);Contemporary Social Problems6th ed. (Allyn & Bacon, 2005);Understanding Race and Ethnic Relations3rd ed. (Allyn & Bacon, 2008);William Paterson University(Arcadia, 2005);Millennium Haze: Comparative Inquiries About Society, State and Community(FrancoAngeli, 2000);Ridgewood(Arcadia, 1999); and (ed.)Rethinking Today's Minorities(Greenwood Press, 1991). He is General Editor of the two-volume interdisciplinaryEncyclopedia of Social Problems(Sage, 2008). He is the executive producer and writer of two award- winning PBS television documentaries:Smokestacks and Steeples: A Portrait of Paterson(1992) andEllis Island: Gateway to America(1991).