Ravina Aggarwal is the Director of the Columbia University Global Center in Mumbai. She has been at the New Delhi office of the Ford Foundation since 2007 and was previously a tenured faculty member at Smith College, where she also served as chair of the department of Anthropology. Her publications include Beyond Lines of Control: Performance and Politics on the Disputed Borders of Ladakh, India (Duke University Press 2004), Into the High Ranges (Penguin Books 2002), Forsaking Paradise (a collection of short stories by the Ladakhi author, Abdul Ghani Sheikh, which she translated and edited, published by Katha Press, 2001). She has also written about women's expressive genres, feminist ethnography, militarization, and the politics of travel in India.
Sonia E. Alvarez the Leonard J. Horwitz Professor of Latin American Politics and the Director of the Center for Latin American, Caribbean and Latino Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Since the 1980s, she has been connected with feminist, women’s, anti-racist, and social justice movements in Brazil, Latin America, and globally, while conducting research on and with them. Her recent co-edited books include Translocalities/Translocalidades: Feminist Politics of Translation in the Latin/a Américas; and Beyond Civil Society Agenda: Activism, Participation, and Protest in 21st Century Latin America (in press). She is currently working on a book project entitled Feminisms in Movement, which focuses on the “sidestreaming” of feminist ideas and practices into parallel social movements, the dynamics of feminist discursive fields of action and activist assemblages, and the (mis)encounters of feminism and anti-racism in Brazil.
Kum-Kum Bhavnani is Professor in the Department of Sociology and Global and International Studies, at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She also chairs the program in Women, Culture, Development. She was the Inaugural Editor for Meridians from 2000-2002. She is the co-editor of Feminist Futures (Zed Press 2004, 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). Currently, she is a member of the Editorial Board for Feminist Africa, for Caribbean Gender Review, and for Subjectivity: A Journal.
Ginetta Candelario is Associate Professor of Sociology and Latin American & Latina/o Studies and as well as a faculty affiliate of the Study of Women and Gender Program, of the Community Engagement and Social Change Concentration, and the Advisory Group for the Steinem & Mankiller School for Organizers at Smith College. She has directed the LALS Program several times, most recently from 2011 to 2014, and is the newly elected Vice President of the National Latin@ Studies Association. Her research interests include Dominican communities and identity formations, race and ethnicity in the Americas, beauty culture, Latina/o communities and identity formations, museum studies, Latin American and Latina feminisms. She is author of Black Behind the Ears: Dominican Racial Identity From Museums to Beauty Shops (Duke University Press 2007) and editor of Miradas desencadenantes: Los estudios de género en la República Dominicana (Instituto de Tecnología de Santo Domingo 2005).
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 are The Pounding of Soundless Heartbeats: A Womanist Mapping of the Transatlantic Slave Trade and Race, Sex, and Insanity: Zora Neale Hurston's Account of the Ruby J. McCollum Trial.
Inderpal Grewal is Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Yale Unviersity. She is also a Professor in the Ethnicity, Race and Migration Studies Program, and the South Asian Studies Council, and affiliate faculty in the American Studies Program. 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.
Ambreen Hai is Professor of English Language and Literature at Smith College. She teaches postcolonial Anglophone literature from Africa, South Asia and the Caribbean, literature of the British empire, film adaptations, and contemporary literary theory. She also teaches courses on the Study of Women and Gender. She is the author of Making Words Matter: The Agency of Colonial and Postcolonial Literature (2009) and scholarly articles on Kipling, Forster, Rushdie, Rhys, Lahiri, Suleri, Sidhwa, among others. Her current project is a book on domestic servants in transnational and South Asian English literatures.
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. She is the author of several 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 latest book project isConstructing Nationhood and Ethnicity: La Malinche, the Virgin of Guadalupe, and La Llorona in Art and Literature.
Michelle Joffroy is Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese at Smith College. She also serves on the Program for the Study of Women and Gender, the Environmental Science and Policy Program, the Sustainable Food Concentration and the Advisory Committee to the Center for Global Studies. Joffroy teaches courses on the U.S.-Mexico borderlands, culture and identity in Latin America, and Spanish for heritage speakers. Her research focuses on questions of gender and representation in border narratives of the northern Mexican border, as well as post-1968 women's writing in Mexico.
J. Kehaulani Kauanui is Professor of American Studies and Anthropology at Wesleyan University, where she teaches courses on nationalism, gender & sexuality, and legal approaches to the study of race & indigeneity. She is the author of Hawaiian Blood: Colonialism and the Politics of Sovereignty and Indigeneity (Duke University Press 2008). Her second book project (in-progress), The Paradoxes of Hawaiian Sovereignty, is a critical study on land, gender and sexual politics and the tensions regarding indigeneity in relation to statist Hawaiian nationalism.
Deborah K. King teaches sociology at Dartmouth College, and participates in the Women's and Gender Studies Progra, and 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.
Kimberly Kono is Associate Professor of East Asian Languages and Literatures at Smith College. She teaches courses on modern Japanese language, literature, and culture. Her book Romance, Family and Nation in Japanese Colonial Literature (Palgrave 2010) examines the tropes of romance, family and marriage in Japanese literature produced in colonial Taiwan, Korea and Manchuria during the 1930s and 1940s. She is also working on another project that focuses on the travel writing of Japanese women who toured Japan's colonies during the first half of the 20th century. Other research interests include Japanese film and immigrant writing.
Amina Mama is Professor of Women and Gender Studies at the University of California, Davis. Previously, she lead the University of Cape Town’s African Gender Institute, a continental resource dedicated to developing transformative scholarship bringing feminist theory and activism together. Founding editor of Feminist Africa, her publications include Beyond the Masks: Race, Gender and Subjectivity (Routledge 1995), Women’s Studies and Studies of Women in Africa (CODESRIA 1996), Engendering African Social Sciences (co-edited, CODESRIA 1997), and numerous book chapters and journal articles. Committed to strengthening activism and activist research in African contexts, her research interests include culture and subjectivity, politics and policy, women’s movements and militarism. She and Yaba Badoe co-produced the documentary film ‘The Witches of Gambaga’ in 2010, and ‘The Art of Ama Ata Aidoo’ in 2014.
Mary Romero is Professor of Justice Studies and Social Inquiry at Arizona State University. In 2009, she received the American Sociology American Section on Race and Ethnicity Minorities 2009 Founder's Award, recognizing her career excellence in scholarship and service. 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. (Routledge 1992, 2002) and The Maid’s Daughter: Living Inside and Outside the American Dream (NYU Press 2011), as well as 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 Indiana Law Journal, Aztlán, International Journal of Sociology of the Family, Critical Sociology, Contemporary Justice Review, Critical Sociology, Law & Society Review, British Journal of Industrial Relations, Villanova Law Review, and Cleveland State Law Review.
Ranu Samantrai is Associate Professor of English at Indiana University. She is the author of AlterNatives: Black Feminism in the Post-Imperial Nation (Stanford 2002) and numerous articles on feminism, contemporary Britain, diasporic politics and aesthetics, and radical democracy. Her current project is Country People: Diaspora Aesthetics and Postcolonial Theory, which investigates the modernist investments of postcolonial and diaspora theory to ask how viable a frame they provide for the visual and literary arts of post-settler generations.
Nancy Saporta Sternbach is Professor in the Departments of Spanish and Portuguese, Latin America and Latin@ Studies, and Study of Women and Gender at Smith College. She has published widely on U.S. Latinas. She co-edited, with Alberto Sandoval-Sanchez, Puro Teatro: A Latina Anthology, and co-authored with him a complementary volume of criticism on Latina playwrights called Stages of Life: Transcultural Performance & Identity in U.S. Latina Theater. She has served as the resident director and executive director of the PRESHCO program in Córdoba, Spain, and advises students on study abroad. In 2013–14 she was a Fulbright Scholar in Istanbul, and her latest research project is a Sephardic Turkish cookbook.
Ella Shohat is Professor of Cultural Studies at New York University. She has lectured and published extensively on the intersection of gender, post/colonialism, multiculturalism and transnationalism as well as on Zionist discourse, orientalism and the representation of the Middle East, focusing largely on the questions of Israel/Palestine and Arab-Jews (Mizrahim.) Her books include: Taboo Memories, Diasporic Voices (Duke Univ. Press 2006); Israeli Cinema: East/West and the Politics of Representation (Univ. of Texas Press 1989; I.B. Tauris 2010); Talking Visions: Multicultural Feminism in a Transnational Age (MIT & The New Museum of Contemporary Art 1998); Dangerous Liaisons: Gender, Nation and Postcolonial Perspectives (co-edited, Univ. of Minnesota Press 1997); Between the Middle East and the Americas: The Cultural Politics of Diaspora (co-edited, Univ. of Michigan Press 2013); and with Robert Stam, Unthinking Eurocentrism (Routledge 1994, 2014); Multiculturalism, Postcoloniality and Transnational Media (Rutgers Univ. Press 2003); Flagging Patriotism: Crises of Narcissism and Anti-Americanism (Routledge 2007); and Race in Translation: Culture Wars Around the Postcolonial Atlantic (NYU Press 2012).
Caroline Sinavaiana-Gabbard is Associate Professor of English at the University of Hawai'i, where she teaches pacific, comparative ethinc and world literatures. A poet and critic, she has published two volumes of poetry, Alchemies of Distance and Mohawk/Samoa: Transmigrations. Other projects include co-editing a mixed-genre collection of indigenous writing by Pacific women titled Women Writing Oceania: Weaving the Sails of Vaka. She has also worked on a new collection of poetry and essays, Nuclear Medicine, which explores the metaphysical landscapes of breast cancer and illness.
Elizabeth Spelman is Professor of Philosophy and Women’s Studies, and the Barbara Richmond 1940 Professor in the Humanities at Smith College. She is the author of Inessential Woman: Problems of Exclusion in Feminist Thought (Beacon Press 1988), Fruits of Sorrow: Framing Our Attention to Suffering (Beacon 1997), and Repair: The Impulse to Restore in a Fragile World (Beacon Press 2002). Her most recent book, Trash Talks: Revelations in the Rubbish (Oxford University Press 2016) focuses on Homo sapiens as Homo trasho: that is, on humans as beings who are makers of waste, who have complex ethical, aesthetic and political relations to waste, who sometimes are treated as waste, who in fact in some sense are the products of waste.
Gina Athena Ulysse is Professor of Anthropology at Wesleyan University. A public anthropologist and performance artist, her research integrates her interests in Black diasporic conditions, ethnography, pedagogy, performance, and representation. More specifically, her interdisciplinary work explores the continuous impact of history on agency and possibilities of social justice in the present. Her publications include Why Haiti Needs New Narratives: A Post Quake Chronicle (2015) and Downtown Ladies: Informal Commercial Importing, A Haitian Anthropologist and Self-Making in Jamaica (2007), and numerous articles and book chapters. Her performance projects include Because When God is too Busy:Haiti, me & THE WORLD and Contemplating Absences and Distances. Ulysse has served as guest editor of "Caribbean Rasanblaj” (2015) a special double issue of e-misférica and “Pawol Fanm sou Douz Janvye” (2011) in Meridians: feminism, race, transnationalism.
Susan Van Dyne, a member of the founding Meridians collective, is a Professor in the Program for the Study of Women and Gender at Smith. Her work on contemporary American women's poetry includes Revising Life: Sylvia Plath's Ariel Poems (1993) and essays on Rita Dove and Cathy Song. Her new book, Proving Grounds: The Politics of Reading Contemporary Women Poets explores the politics of representation and emerging critical practices in constructing and contesting American literary traditions. With Marilyn Schuster, she co-edited Women's Place in the Academy: Transforming the Liberal Arts Curriculum (1985). In 2002, she organized and directed an all-college course called "Globalization: Mapping the Debates"; in 2004-05, co-directed a Kahn Institute project on "Claiming the Right to Write" on life-writing by "minoritized" writers, and teaches "The Cultural Work of Memoir," on life-writing and queer subjectivities.
Kamala Visweswaran is Professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, San Diego. She writes in the fields of feminist theory and ethnography, South Asian social movements, ethnic and political conflict, human rights, colonial law, postcolonial theory, South Asian literatures, transnational and diaspora studies, comparative South Asia and Middle East studies. She is an editor of the journal Feminist Studies, and was the North American editor of Cultural Dynamics (1998-2005). She is the author of Fictions of Feminist Ethnography (Minnesota 1994) and Un/common Cultures: Racism and the Rearticulation of Cultural Difference (Duke 2010). She is also the editor of Perspectives on Modern South Asia (Blackwell 2011), and Everyday Occupations: Experiencing Militarism in South Asia and the Middle East (Pennsylvannia 2013). Her current book project is A Thousand Genocides Now: Gujarat in the Modern Imaginary of Violence.