Chris Wilkes is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at Pacific University, USA. He is the writer and co-writer of six academic books and four novels, along with over eighty academic articles. Educated at Dulwich College in London, he has degrees from Victoria University of Wellington and the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, as well as Stanford University, USA. He has taught at Massey University, New Zealand, at Stanford, and at Pacific University. At Pacific he was Vice-Provost for Research. His initial foray into science soon transformed itself into an interest in the human sciences, social philosophy and social history. His most recent books have focused on political theory (A Biography of the State) and the sociology of Jane Austen (Social Jane).