Bridget Kustin is a doctoral student in the Department of Anthropology at Johns Hopkins University, where she studies theologies of money, specifically Islamic banking and finance in Bangladesh and Saudi Arabia. She is currently examining Islamic microinvestment against broader questions of development, capitalism, nationalism, and notions of social justice and risk in Islam, and will use her 2012 research grant to develop the theoretic frames of her project in advance of longer-duration fieldwork. Previously, she served as the South Asia Researcher for the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, a federal, bipartisan agency providing foreign policy recommendations to the President, Congress, and Secretary of State. Bridget was a 2005-06 Fulbright Islamic Civilization Award recipient and Fulbright scholar to Bangladesh, and a 2006-07 Bengali Language Fellow of the American Institute of Indian Studies. Her graduate work and field research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the American Institute of Bangladesh Studies, and the Johns Hopkins-based Institute of Global Studies and Program for Women, Gender, and Sexuality. Bridget received her BA from Whitman College.
Daniel Kinderman is Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Delaware, where he teaches courses on European politics and International and Comparative Political Economy. He received his PhD from Cornell University. His current research centers on the relationship between institutions and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) practices. His broader research interests include the fate of egalitarian politics in contemporary capitalism, exchange-rate preferences and politics, and economic sociology. He has published in Review of International Political Economy and Comparative European Politics, and he is working on articles for Socio-Economic Review and Journal of Common Market Studies. He has been a visiting scholar at the Max-Planck-Institute for the Study of Societies and the WZB, and a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the New School for Social Research. During his stay at the WZB, he will be affiliated with the Project Group New Modes of Economic Governance.