Stephen Mennell is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at University College Dublin, and previously held posts at the University of Exeter and at Monash University, Australia. He read economics at the University of Cambridge, and then spent a year as Frank Knox Fellow in the Department of Social Relations at Harvard (1966-67). In Ireland, he was founding chairman of UCD Press (1995-2006), and a founding member of the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences (2000-2). He is a leading exponent of the sociology of Norbert Elias, and is a member of the board of the Norbert Elias Foundation, Amsterdam, as well as General Editor of the Collected Works of Norbert Elias in English, published in 18 volumes by UCD Press (2006–14). His books include Sociological Theory: Uses and Unities (1974, 1980), All Manners of Food: Eating and Taste in England and France from the Middle Ages to the Present (1985), Norbert Elias: Civilization and the Human Self-Image (1989, paperback Norbert Elias: An Introduction, 1992, 1998), and The American Civilizing Process (2007). He holds the degrees of Doctor in de Sociale Wetenschappen (Amsterdam) and Doctor of Letters (Cambridge), and is a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Royal Irish Academy and Academia Europaea.