Professor Ali Abdullatif Ahmida was born in Waddan, Libya and educated at Cairo University in Egypt and The University of Washington, Seattle, USA. He is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science at the University of New England, Biddeford, Maine, USA. His specialties are political theory, comparative politics, and historical sociology. His scholarship focuses on power, agency and anti-colonial resistance in North Africa, especially modern Libya. He has published major articles in, Italian Studies, the International Journal of Middle East Studies, Arab Future, Third World Quarterly and the Arab Journal of International Studies. He is also the author of The Making of Modern Libya: State Formation, Colonialization and Resistance, a book published by State of New York University Press, 1994. This book was also translated into Arabic and is now published in its second edition by the Center of Arab Unity Studies, 1998, Beirut, Lebanon. He is the editor of Beyond Colonialism and Nationalism in the Maghrib: History, Culture and Politics, published by Palgrave Press in 2000.Professor Ahmida has lectured in a variety of US, Canadian, European, Middle Eastern, and African universities and colleges. He has contributed several book reviews, articles and chapters to books on the African state, identity and alienation, class and state formation in modern Libya. He has received many academic grants and awards such as the Social Science Research Council national grant award, the Shahade award, and recently the Keannely Cup Award for distinguished academic service of the year at University of New England and in 2003. Routledge Press published his new book, Forgotten Voices: Power and Agency in Colonial and Postcolonial Libya, in 2005, and it was translated into Italian and Arabic editions which were published in 2009. The Center of Arab Unity Studies, Beirut, Lebanon, published his book Post-Orientalism: Critical Reviews of North African Social and Cultural History in December 2009.