Ann Stoler is the Willy Brandt Distinguished University Professor of Anthropology and Historical Studies at the New School for Social Research, New York. She is an expert in colonial cultures, critical race theory, gender studies, political economy, historical methodologies, and Southeast Asia. Her current research is on the politics of comparison on North American empires and postcolonial studies; bourgeois Europe and colonial exiles. Among Professor Stoler’s many awards are two Fulbright grants, a Mellon/International Institute grant, and an N.E.H. fellowship in the humanities. Professor Stoler received her Ph.D. in anthropology in 1982 from Columbia University, began her career as a specialist in Dutch colonialism in the East Indies, but has broadened her scope.