Harrison Akins, from Maryville, Tennessee, is an Ibn Khaldun Chair Research Fellow and Program Coordinator in American University’s School of International Service, working with Professor Ahmed since Fall 2011. He was a senior researcher for Professor Ahmed’s previous study The Thistle and the Drone. His many articles have appeared in numerous outlets including Al Jazeera, The Guardian, Foreign Policy, Christian Science Monitor, the Washington Post, and Pakistan Today and he has lectured at a number of colleges and universities. He received his BA in History from American University, an MA in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College in Annapolis, MD and an MSc in Political Theory from the London School of Economics.
Dr. Amineh Hoti, from Islamabad, Pakistan, is the Executive Director of the Centre for Dialogues & Action at Forman Christian College (A Chartered University). She is a Fellow-Commoner at Lucy Cavendish College, University of Cambridge, an honorary post awarded to “women who are particularly distinguished in their field” and whose association may be “beneficial to the college”. Her book, Sorrow and Joy Among Muslim Women: the Pukhtuns of Northern Pakistan (Cambridge University Press 2006), was nominated for the 2007 Kiriyama Prize. In a review of Dr. Hoti’s book, Dr. Charles Lindholm (expert on the Pukhtuns) wrote, “her book is a serious and important contribution to the ethnography of the Northwest Frontier Province (KPK, Pakistan). She received her PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Cambridge.
Frankie Martin, from the Washington, DC area, is an Ibn Khaldun Chair Research Fellow at American University’s School of International Service. He contributed writings and research to all previous installments of Professor Akbar Ahmed’s quartet of studies examining relations between the Islamic world and the West after 9/11 published by Brookings Institution Press: Journey into Islam (2007), Journey into America (2010), and The Thistle and the Drone (2013). He has spoken to many diverse audiences around the world and his numerous articles have been published in outlets including CNN, Foreign Policy, the Guardian, the Washington Post, and Al Jazeera. He received his BA in History and International Relations from American University and an MPhil in Social Anthropology from the University of Cambridge.