Sonia Alvarez
Sonia E. Alvarez is Professor of Politics at the University of California at Santa Cruz, where she also is affiliated with the Latin American and Latino Studies and Women's Studies Departments and the Chicano/Latino Research Center. She is the author of Engendering Democracy in Brazil: Women's Movements in Transition Politics (Princeton, 1990) and co-editor of The Making of Social Movements in Latin America: Identity, Strategy, and Democracy, with Arturo Escobar (Westview, 1992) and Cultures of Politics/Politics of Cultures: Re-visioning Latin American Social Movements, with Evelina Dagnino and A. Escobar (Westview, 1998). Her writings on feminisms, social movements, and democratization have appeared in Signs, Feminist Studies, Revista Estudos Feministas, Estudios Latinoamericanos, International Feminist Journal of Politics, Debate Feminista, Meridians, Revista Mora, and a number of edited collections and social movement publications. Professor Alvarez is currently completing a new book, entitled Contentious Feminisms: Cultural Politics, Policy Advocacy, and Transnational Organizing in Latin America, under contract with Duke University Press.
Kum-Kum Bhavnani
Kum-Kum Bhavnani is Professor in the Department of Sociology and Global and International Studies, at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she teaches on women and development. She also chairs the program in Women, Culture, Development.She was the Inaugural Editor for Meridians from 2002-2002. She is the co-editor of Feminist Futures (2004: Zed Press -- with John Foran and Priya Kurian), editor of Feminism and Race (Oxford University Press, 2000), and co-editor with Ann Phoenix, of Shifting Identities Shifting Racisms: A Feminism & Psychology Reader (Sage Publications, 1994). She has lectured widely in the United States (e.g. Visiting Professor at Oberlin College, Ohio) and abroad. She has presented keynote addresses at numerous international conferences including in Brazil and South Africa. She is the recipient of several awards for her teaching. In April 1994 she was Independent Observer for South African Elections. Currently she is a member of the Feminist Review Editorial Collective.

Katie Cannon
Katie Geneva Cannon, Annie Scales Rogers Professor of Christian Ethics at Union Theological Seminary-Presbyterian School of Christian Education, teaches Womanist/ Feminist/ Mujerista Theologies, Theology and Culture, Ethical Codes in Slave Narratives, and Social Teachings in African American Sacred Rhetoric. She is the author of Black Womanist Ethics (1988), Katie's Canon: Womanism and the Soul of the Black Community (1995), and Teaching Preaching: Isaac R. Clark and Black Sacred Rhetoric (2002). Her forthcoming books focus on "The Pounding of Soundless Heartbeats: A Womanist Critique of the Transatlantic Slave Trade," and "Race, Sex, and Insanity: Zora Neale Hurston's Account of the Ruby J. McCollum Trial."

Inderpal Grewal
Inderpal Grewal is Professor in the Women's Studies Program at the University of California, Irvine. She is author of Home and Harem: Nation, Gender, Empire and Cultures of Travel (Duke, 1996), co-editor (with Caren Kaplan) of Scattered Hegemonies: Postmodernity and Transnational Feminist Practices; Introduction to Women's Studies: Gender in a Transnational World (Mc-Graw Hill, 2001, 2005), and Transnational America: Feminisms, Diasporas, Neoliberalisms
(Duke, 2005). Her areas of research include: feminist theory, cultural studies of South Asia and its diasporas, British and U.S. imperialism, and contemporary feminist transnationalisms.

Maria Herrera-Sobek
María Herrera-Sobek is Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, and Academic Policy at the University of California at Santa Barbara and is a Professor in the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies where she also holds the Luis Leal Endowed Chair. She is the author of three books including The Mexican Corrido: A Feminist Analysis and seventeen editions and/or co-editions on Chicana/o literature and culture with an emphasis on feminist issues. Her book Chicano Folklore: A Handbook is forthcoming and her latest book project is "Constructing Nationhood and Ethnicity: La Malinche, the Virgin of Guadalupe, and La Llorona in Art and Literature."

Deborah King
Deborah K. King teaches sociology at Dartmouth College, participates in the Women's and Gender Studies Program, and chairs the African and African American Studies Program. Her research interests include race, class and gender and critical legal studies. Her book project, Improvisational Politics, uses the aesthetics of African American women's quilting traditions as a conceptual framework for examining the political thought and activism of African American women in the twentieth century. Other research projects include a study of the representations of race and gender on prison postcards and an examination of the social reproduction of mammy representations in cyberspace and in African American women's culture.

Amina Mama
Amina Mama has held the position of Chair in Gender Studies at the African Gender Institute, University of Cape Town, South Africa since January 1999. She provides intellectual and strategic leadership to the African Gender Institute, where she also served as the Director (1999-2002). She initiated and currently convenes the 'Gender and Transformation' graduate programme in gender studies in the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Cape Town, and coordinates the continental programme to strengthen gender studies in African institutions, and the production of the new online gender studies journal, Feminist Africa. She has authored and edited a number of published works, including Beyond the Masks: Race, Gender and Subjectivity (Routledge 1995), which was recently listed as one of Africa's 100 Best Books in the twentieth century, Engendering African Social Sciences (co-edited and published by CODESRIA 1997), and The Hidden Struggle: Statutory and Voluntary Sector Responses to Violence Against Black Women in the Home (Whiting and Birch 1996). Professor Mama's current interests include the the gender politics of militarism and underdevelopment, and developing feminist approaches to organizational development, higher education, subjectivity and social transformation in African contexts.

Mary Romero
Mary Romero is Professor of Justice Studies at Arizona State University. She is the 2004 recipient of the Society for the Study of Social Problems' Lee Founders Award for a career of activist scholarship. She is the author of Maid in the U.S.A. (reissued as a Tenth Anniversary Edition), and co-editor of several books, including Blackwell Companion to Social Inequalities (Blackwell 2005), Latina and Latino Popular Culture (NYU Press 2002), and Women's Untold Stories (Routledge 1999). Her most recent articles are published in Critical Sociology, Villanova Law Review, Law & Society Review, British Journal of Industrial Relations, University of Cleveland Law Review and DePaul Law Review.

Ranu Samantrai
Ranu Samantrai is Associate Professor of English at Indiana University. She is the author of AlterNatives: Black Feminism in the Postimperial Nation (Stanford 2002) and numerous articles on feminism, contemporary Britain, diasporic politics and aesthetics, and radical democracy.

Ella Shohat
Ella Shohat is Professor of Cultural Studies and gender studies at New York University. She has lectured and published extensively on the intersection of gender, post/colonialism, and multiculturalism as well as on Zionist discourse, the Arab-Jewish and Mizrahi question. Her award-winning publications include Israeli Cinema: East/West and the Politics of Representation (Univ. of Texas Press, 1989), Unthinking Eurocentrism: Multiculturalism and the Media (with R. Stam, Routledge, 1994), Dangerous Liaisons: Gender, Nation and Postcolonial Perspectives (co-edited, U. of Minnesota Press, 1997), Talking Visions: Multicultural Feminism in a Transnational Age (MIT Press & the New Museum, 1998), Forbidden Reminiscences (Bimat Kedem LeSifrut Publishing, Tel Aviv, 2001, Hebrew), and Multiculturalism, Postcoloniality and Transnational Media (co-edited, Rutgers University Press, 2003). Her book Taboo Memories, Undisciplined Words is forthcoming from Duke University Press. Shohat and Stam are currently in the final stages of writing The Culture Wars in Translation (NYU press) and Flagging Patriotism (Routledge). Shohat is also currently co-editing a book on the Middle Eastern diasporas throughout the Americas (University of Michigan Press.) A recipient of Rockefeller fellowship, she has served on the editorial board of such journals as Social Text, Public Culture, Jouvert and Critique. Her writing has been translated into several languages, including French, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, Hebrew, German, Polish, and Turkish.

Caroline Sinavaiana
Caroline Sinavaiana is Associate Professor of English at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa, where she teaches Pacific and comparative ethinc literatures, and creative writing. A poet and critic, she has recently published a volume of poetry, Alchemies of Distance, and has another book forthcoming on the traditional comic theatre of Samoa.
Kamala Visweswaran
Kamala Visweswaran is an active member of Saheli for South Asian Women and teaches in the Anthropology department of the University of Texas, Austin. She is the author of Fictions of Feminist Ethnography (Minnesota, 1994) and her book, Family Subjects: Women, Feminism, Indian Nationalism is forthcoming. Her current work also spans race and the history of anthropology, subaltern studies, and diaspora theory.

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