Richard Price is Professor Emeritus at the College of William & Mary in the United States. He has previously taught at Yale and Johns Hopkins, where he was founding chair of the Department of Anthropology. He has studied Suriname since 1966, spending several years there, and has written extensively on the country. He has written a number of prize-winning books, among which are: Maroon Societies: Rebel Slave Communities in the Americas (1973); First Time: The Historical Vision of an Afro American People (1983); Travels with Tooy: History, Memory, and the African American Imagination (2008); and Rainforest Warriors: Human Rights on Trial (2011). In 2014 he was awarded the Premio Internacional Fernando Ortiz for his life work. He is comfortable in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, and Saamaka and other Suriname Maroon languages, and reads Dutch. He has served as an expert witness in asylum cases for Surinamers in courts in New York, Boston, and Philadelphia on multiple occasions.
Renzo Duin received his PhD in Anthropology from the University of Florida (2009), and has held teaching and research positions at the University of Florida (USA), Leiden University (Netherlands), and Oxford University (UK). Since 1996 he has conducted research in French Guiana and Suriname, in particular on the history of the indigenous peoples of the Upper Maroni Basin. He is comfortable in English, French, and Dutch, and reads German, Portuguese and Spanish. He has served as a mediator between indigenous Wayana people (in both Suriname and French Guiana) and the French legal system on several occasions.