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Jeannette A. Colyvas is Assistant Professor at the School of Education and Social Policy and, by courtesy, of Sociology at the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University. She holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University and her research interests include the intersection of science and commerce; comparing public, private, and nonprofit forms of organizing; and institutional persistence and change. Colyvas's current research examines government-university-industry interfaces, focusing on the translation of basic science into commercial application and its ramifications for careers, identities, and public science.

Neil Fligstein is the Class of 1939 Chancellor's Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley. He has done work in the fields of organizational sociology, economic sociology, and political sociology. He is generally interested in how action in meso-order social spaces can be conceptualized and how such a theory can aid research in these fields. He is the author of numerous books and papers, including, most recently, The Architecture of Markets (Princeton University Press) and Euroclash: The EU, European Identity, and the Future of Europe (Oxford University Press).

Ronald Jepperson is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Tulsa.

Stefan Jonsson is Associate Professor at Uppsala University. His research interests are within economic sociology, primarily the formation of markets and the processes and role of various forms of legitimacy of actors and ideas within markets. Earlier publications include work on the contagiousness of undeserved reputation loss and delegitimization of organizations (with Henrich Greve and Takako Fujiwara-Greve, in Administrative Science Quarterly) and on the role of media in constructing investor behavior in the Swedish mutual fund industry (with Helena Buhr in Organization Science).

Doug McAdam is Professor of Sociology and Director of Urban Studies at Stanford University. He has written extensively in the fields of social movements and political sociology. He is the author of numerous books and papers, including, most recently, Social Movements and Organizations (edited with Gerald Davis and W. Richard Scott, Cambridge University Press) and The Dynamics of Contention (co-authored with Sidney Tarrow and Charles Tilly, Cambridge University Press).

John W. Meyer is Professor of Sociology (Emeritus) at Stanford. Meyer works with neo-institutional theory, and studies the impact of global society on national societies (as represented in World Society[Oxford]).