About the Editors

George Ritzeris Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland, where he has also been a Distinguished Scholar-Teacher and won a Teaching Excellence Award. He was awarded the Distinguished Contributions to Teaching Award by the American Sociological Association, an honorary doctorate from LaTrobe University in Australia, and the Robin Williams Lectureship from the Eastern Sociological Society. His best-known work, The McDonaldization of Society (8th ed. ,2014), has been read by hundreds of thousands of students over two decades and translated into over a dozen languages. He has also authored a series best-selling social theory textbooks and Globalization: A Basic Text, 2nd edition (2014). He is the Editor of the Encyclopedia of Social Theory (2 vols.) and the Encyclopedia of Globalization (5 vols.), and is Founding Editor of the Journal of Consumer Culture.

J. Michael Ryan is Assistant Professor of Sociology at The American University in Cairo (Egypt). He has previously taught at Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO) in Quito, Ecuador and the University of Maryland in the United States. He is co-editor (with George Ritzer) of The Concise Encyclopedia of Sociology (Wiley Blackwell, 2011) and the forthcoming Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Social Theory (with Bryan S. Turner, et. al.). Before returning to academia, Dr. Ryan worked as a research methodologist at the National Center for Health Statistics (which is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) in Washington, D.C. His research interests include consumer culture, gender, sexualities, and globalization.

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