B. J. Barickman (1958–2016) was an associate professor of Latin American history at the University of Arizona. While he began his research career as a scholar of Bahia’s sugar-plantation economy, he later turned his interests to urban Rio de Janeiro’s society and culture. His previous works include A Bahian Counterpoint: Sugar, Tobacco, Cassava, and Slavery in the Recôncavo, 1780–1860.
Hendrik Kraay is a professor of history at the University of Calgary. He is the author of Days of National Festivity in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1823–1889.
Bryan McCann is a professor of history at Georgetown University. He is the author of Hard Times in the Marvelous City: From Dictatorship to Democracy in the Favelas of Rio de Janeiro.