Visiting Fellows

Assistant Professor, Center for Strategic Studies, University of Jordan
Sara Ababneh is an assistant professor at the Center for Strategic Studies at the University of Jordan, the coordinator of the internship program and the coordinator of the Arab Barometer. In Fall 2013, Ababneh taught a masters course in International Relations Theory at the Faculty of International Studies and Political Science at the University of Jordan. In addition, she has taught courses on Gender Politics in the Arab World to study abroad students at the CIEE in the past and was the faculty host of the Interdisciplinary Faculty Development Seminar entitled “Jordan: Women and Gender in Light of the Arab Spring” in the summer of 2013.
Bertha Capen Reynolds Chair, Social Welfare Policy at the Silberman School of Social Work, Hunter College

Mimi Abramovitz is Bertha Capen Reynolds Professor at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. She has published widely on issues related to women, poverty, human rights and the U.S/ Welfare State. Professor Abramovitz is currently writing a book on the history of low-income women’s activism in the U.S.

Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature, Sabancı University

Hülya Adak is Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature at Sabancı University. She has published essays on Ottoman-Turkish memoirs and biographies, national myths, gender and sexuality, and the Armenian deportations during World War I in leading journals such as the South Atlantic Quarterly, PMLA, Biography, and New Perspectives on Turkey.


Neera Adarkar is a practicing architect and an urban researcher. After her graduation in architecture from Sir J. J. College of Architecture, Mumbai University, Neera completed her post-graduation in Industrial Design from I.I.T. Powai, Mumbai. Currently she is a visiting faculty member in the Academy of Architecture, Rachana Sansad in Mumbai.

Senior Research Fellow, Institut d'Études Politiques (Sciences Po), Paris

Fariba Adelkhah is Senior Research Fellow at Sciences Po in Paris. She received her Ph.D. in anthropology from Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS, 1989).  An anthropologist, her main research interests focus on the relationships and interplay between social changes and political transformations throughout the second half of the 20th century in Iran.

Research and Lecturer, Social and Political Sciences, State Islamic University (UIN) Jakarta

Dina is an Endeavor Post-doctoral fellow at Melbourne Law School University of Melbourne. Dina earned her PhD also from the University of Melbourne writing a thesis on the work of Local Women’s NGOs in Reforming Islamic Law introduced in 1999 in the Province of Aceh. Dina’s research interests include women’s rights, women’s movement, Islamic education, international development, and legal reform in Muslim societies.


Flavia Agnes is a women's rights lawyer and writer and has been actively involved in the women's movement for the last two decades. She has written extensively on issues of domestic violence, feminist jurisprudence and minority rights. Her books are widely acclaimed and are popular among advocates, paralegal workers, law students and women who have been victims of domestic violence. Currently she co-ordinates the legal centre of MAJLIS and is also engaged in her doctoral research on Property Rights of Married Women with the National Law School of India.

Professor of Sociology, Boğaziçi University
Meltem Ahiska is Associate Professor in Sociology at Bogazici University, Istanbul. She has a PhD from the University of London.
Assistant Professor of Anthropology, George Washington University

Dr. Attiya Ahmad is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the George Washington University (Washington DC, USA). Broadly conceived, her research focuses on the interrelation between gender, labour migration, diasporic formations, cosmopolitanism, and Islamic movements crosscutting the Arab Gulf States and South Asia.  Dr.

Gazi Nafis Ahmed is an artist working with photography. Born in Dhaka, Bangladesh, he studied art and design at London Guildhall University, United Kingdom. He received his B.A. from Danish School of Media and Journalism in Denmark and her M.A. in fine arts photography from IED Madrid in Spain, both on full scholarship. Ahmed was awarded at the international Pride Photo Award 2015 in Amsterdam for his series "Inner Face".
Professor of Anthropology, Sabancı University

Ayşe Gül Altınay received her Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from Duke University and has been teaching at Sabancı University since 2001. Her research and writing have focused on militarism, nationalism, violence, memory, gender, and sexuality.

Historian, Universidad de Chile
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Theater, Brooklyn College

Margaret Araneo-Reddy is a New York-based scholar and theatre artist. She is currently a doctoral candidate at the Graduate Center, City University of New York and an Instructor of Drama at New York University. Her current research focuses on the intersection of neuropsychology and popular performance in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Using a cultural model of disability, Margaret examines the ways the small forms of cabaret and vaudeville (in Paris and New York respectively) both represent and embody neurological diversity in performance.

Edward and Robin Milstein Professor of Bioethics, Yeshiva University; Professor of Epidemiology and Population Health and Family and Social Medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Dr. Adrienne Asch is the Edward and Robin Milstein Professor of Bioethics and Director of the Center for Ethics at Yeshiva University, as well as Professor of Epidemiology and Population Health and Family and Social Medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Asch provides overall leadership to the Center for Ethics. In addition, she teaches courses throughout the university on bioethics and professional ethics. She publishes widely in books and peer-reviewed journals and presents at conferences throughout the world on issues related to her teaching and research.

Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences, Greece

Athena Athanasiou teaches at the Department of Social Anthropology at Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences, in Athens, Greece. She has studied history, archaeology and philosophy at the Universities of Athens and Thessaloniki, Greece. She has received her Ph.D. in Social Anthropology from the New School for Social Research, in New York, and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women, at Brown University, USA (2001-2002).

Associate Director of the Rutgers Center for Race and Ethnicity, Rutgers University

Mia Bay is a historian who teaches at Rutgers University, where she also serves as the Associate Director of the Rutgers Center for Race and Ethnicity. The author of a number of works, including The White Image in the Black Mind: African American Ideas about White People 1830-1925 (2000), she has recently completed a new book entitled To Trouble the Waters Freely: The Life and Times of Ida B. Wells (2009).

Catherine and Bruce Bastian Professor of Global and Transnational Studies, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Asef Bayat, the Catherine and Bruce Bastian Professor of Global and Transnational Studies, teaches Sociology and Middle Eastern studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He was the Academic Director of the International Institute for the Study of Islam in the Modern World (ISIM) and ISIM Chair of Islam and the Modern World at Leiden University from 2003 until 2009. He writes on Egypt and Iran, and has published widely on issues of political sociology, social movements, urban space and politics, religious politics, contemporary Islam, and the Muslim Middle East. His latest book is: Life as Politics: How Ordinary People Change the Middle East (2013, 2nd edition).
Associate Professor of English and Humanities, Pratt Institute

Jonathan Beller is Professor of English and Humanities and Critical and Visual Studies, Pratt Institute.  He is the author of The Cinematic Mode of Production: Towards A Political Economy of the Society of the Spectacle, (Lebanon: Dartmouth College/University Press of New England, 2006) and Acquiring Eyes: Philippine Visuality, Nationalist Struggle and The World Media-System, (Manila: Ateneo de Manila University Press, 2006).

Senior Lecturer in American Studies and English, Yale University

James Berger is Senior Lecturer in American Studies and English at Yale University.  He is author of After the End: Representations of Post-Apocalypse and editor of Helen Keller's The Story of My Life: The Restored Edition.  He is currently completing The Disarticulate: Language, Impairment, and the Narratives of Modernity, to be published by New York University Press.

Visiting Lecturer, Anthropology, Boston University

Sara Bergstresser is a medical and cultural anthropologist, and she is currently a Visiting Lecturer in Anthropology at Boston University. Her research addresses the intersection of health and society, including mental health policy and stigma, global bioethics, and religion and health. She holds a PhD in Anthropology from Brown University and an MPH from Harvard University. She is also working on an M.S. in Bioethics at Columbia on a part-time basis.

Professor, Delhi University

Urmila Bhirdikar has MA in English and Sociology, M Phil in English and has recently submitted her Ph D thesis entitled “ A Sociological Study of the Practice of Female Impersonation in Marathi Theatre in the 19th and Early 20th Century”, from the Department of Sociology, University of Delhi. She has taught English literature in H V Desai College Pune and in Mahindra United World College of India, Pune. She has trained in North Indian Classical vocal music and was invited to teach a course in Music and Modernity at JNU in 2006 and 2010.

Lisa Björkman received her PhD in political science from the New School for Social Research in New York City in 2011. Her research explores the politics of water access in the Indian city of Mumbai, with a particular focus on the infrastructural effects of the city’s rapidly-changing built environment, and on emergent forms of political subjectivity and political possibility. She is presently based in Mumbai, where she is studying the role of political spectacle and ethno-religious discourse in municipal election campaigning.

Associate Professor of Anthropology and Caribbean Studies, Rutgers University
Yarimar Bonilla is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Caribbean Studies at Rutgers University.

Sarah Bracke is Assistant Professor of Sociology of Religion and Culture at the Faculty of Social Sciences at the KULeuven. She studied sociology at the Catholic University of Leuven and holds a PhD in Women’s Studies from Utrecht University (2004, Women Resisting Secularisation in an Age of Globalisation. Four Case-studies in a European Context), was a Marie Curie fellow at the University of California Santa Cruz and Utrecht University (2006-2008), and is currently a fellow at the Centre for Humanities at Utrecht University.

Cultural Studies, Sabancı University

Dilara Çalışkan is currently working at Sabancı University’s Gender and Women’s Studies Forum. In 2014, she graduated from Sabancı University’s Cultural Studies Master Program with a thesis titled “Queer Mothers and Daughters: The Role of Queer Kinship in the Everyday Lives of Trans Sex Worker Women in Istanbul.” Since 2010, she has been involved with Istanbul’s LGBTI Solidarity Association, which particularly focuses on human rights violations based on sexual orientation and gender identity, opposes the criminalization of sex work, and supports its recognition as work.

Professor of African American Studies and American Studies, Yale University

Hazel Carby is the Charles C. and Dorothea S. Dilley Professor of African American Studies, Professor of American Studies, and Director of the Initiative on Race Gender and Globalization at Yale University.  Her books include Reconstructing Womanhood (OUP, 1987), Race Men (Harvard, 1998), and Cultures in Babylon (Verso, 1999).

Lecturer on History and Literature, Harvard University
Todd Carmody is a Lecturer on History & Literature at Harvard University, where he teaches broadly in nineteenth- and twentieth-century American and African American literature and in disability studies. He previously held an ACLS New FacultyFellowship in UC Berkeley’s Department of English and a Sheila Biddle Ford Foundation Fellowship from Harvard’s W.E.B.
Professor of English, Fordham University

Leonard Cassuto, a professor of English at Fordham University, has been teaching and writing about disability since Rosemarie Garland-Thomson lighted his path into the field more than fifteen years ago.  His most recent piece is “Disability Studies 2.0,” which appeared in American Literary History in 2010.

Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Hunter College

Ruchi Chaturvedi received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from Columbia University in 2007. Ruchi’s research focuses on questions of political violence, popular politics and its contentious relationship with the ideology and institutions of liberal democracy. The lifeworlds of local level political workers of the Marxist Left and Hindu Right in Kerala, South India, their acts and experiences of violence, and the criminal courts where these workers have been tried have been Ruchi’s key ethnographic resources so far.

Professor of English and the Associate Chair in the Department of English, Princeton

Anne Anlin Cheng is Professor of English and the Associate Chair in the Department of English and a core faculty in the Center for African American Studies at Princeton University. She specializes in race studies and psychoanalytic theory and works in twentieth-century American literature, with special focus on Asian American and African American literatures. She is the author of The Melancholy of Race: Assimilation, Psychoanalysis, and Hidden Grief (Oxford University Press), which explores the notion of racial grief at the intersection of culture, history, and law.

Associate Professor of English, Hunter College, CUNY

Sarah Chinn teaches nineteenth century literature at Hunter College, CUNY.  Her work primarily explores questions of race, embodiment,  sexuality, and gender in U.S. literature and culture, particularly in the 19th century. She is the author of Technology and the Logic of American Racism: A Cultural History of the Body as Evidence (Continuum, 2000) and The Invention of Modern Adolescence: Children of Immigrants in Turn-of-the-Century America (Rutgers University Press, 2008).

Assistant Professor of Writing and New Media, MIT

Beth Coleman is Assistant Professor of Writing and New Media in the Program in Writing and Humanistic Studies and Comparative Media Studies. She is faculty director of the C3 game culture and mobile media initiative. Her fields of research interest include new media, contemporary aesthetics, electronic music, critical theory and literature, and race theory. Under the name M. Singe, she co-founded the SoundLab Cultural Alchemy project, established in 1995.

Associate Professor, School of Education, Hunter College, CUNY

David J. Connor is an Associate Professor in the School of Education of Hunter College, CUNY. He is the author of three books and numerous articles on disability and education. David's areas of interest include teacher education, learning disabilities, inclusive education, and social justice issues. For the last decade he has contributed to the development of the growing field of Disability Studies in Education.

Professor, Department of Sociology, Baruch College
Professor Emeritus of English and Founding Director, Disability Studies Program, Hofstra University

G. Thomas Couser retired in 2011 from Hofstra University, where he was a professor of English and founding director of the Disability Studies Program.

Professor of English and Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Wesleyan University

Christina Crosby has worked at Wesleyan University since 1982, where she is Professor of English and Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Her subfields are Victorian studies and Feminist Studies.  She has published The Ends of History: Victorians and the 'Woman Question' and essays and reviews in Victorian Studies, PMLA, College English, and elsewhere.

Professor, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, Fordham University
Director, Creative Writing Program, Professor, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, New York University
Distinguished Professor of English; Professor of Disability and Human Development, School of Applied Health Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago; Professor of Medical Education, University of Illinois College of Medicine

Lennard J. Davis is Professor in the English Department in the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he had also served as Head.  In addition, he is Professor of Disability and Human Development in the School of Applied Health Sciences of the University of Illinois at Chicago, as well as Professor of Medical Education in the College of Medicine.  He is also director of Project Biocultures a think-tank devoted to issues around the intersection of culture, medicine, disability, biotechnology, and the biosphere.


The artist is the granddaughter of Armenian immigrants to Argentina and was born in Buenos Aires in 1967. Since 1988 she has lived in Berlin. Her artistic work deals with issues related to the burden of national identity, memory, the role of minorities in the society and the potential of a space "in between". Her work uses a very heterogeneous language (installation, video, sound installation, rugs).

Associate Professor of English, New York Institute of Technology

Elizabeth J. Donaldson is Associate Professor of English at New York Institute of Technology, where she teaches courses in American literature, writing, and medical humanities. She has published essays on mental illness in film, antipsychiatry in Lauren Slater’s memoirs, physiognomy and madness in Jane Eyre, teaching Melville online, and the poetry of Amy Lowell, among other subjects.  She is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Literary and Cultural Disabilities Studies and is co-editor (with Catherine J.

Professor of Political and Social Philosophy, Vincennes/St. Denis Paris 8 University (France)

Elsa Dorlin is Professor of political and social philosophy at the department of political science and involved in the department of women’s studies and gender and sexuality studies at Vincennes/St. Denis Paris 8 University (France). Dorlin specializes in feminist philosophy and theory and historical epistemology of sexuality. Dorlin’s research also focuses on critical theory and postcolonial studies.

Regional Director and Head of Programs, Ruwwad Al Tanmeya
Samar Dudin is the Regional Director and Head of Programs for Ruwwad Al Tanmeya, a not for profit community & youth empowerment organization. She develops creative community and youth educational experiences and organizes community led campaigns which focus on social change through grass roots leadership development. Samar is an independent theatre director and educator since 1993. In 2006 she founded Takween Open Spaces for Enlightenment & Creativity initiative in Amman, Jordan which focuses on creating experiential learning contexts to engage youth and children in exploring pluralism and diversity as the means and meaning for a better world. She has been a fellow of the Leadership program of the International Women's Forum (IWF) since 2003. She was selected as an Ashoka Fellow for her Takween citizenship initiative on Youth Identity & Cultural diversity in Amman in 2009, An Aspen Leadership fellow and moderator since 2010. She sits on the Advisory Committee for the Arab Education Forum, a founding board member of Al Ballad Theatre, a founding member of Mujtama3i for Arab Community organizers and a committed volunteer trainer on women's leadership with IWF–Jordan's chapter since 2005. She is a graduate of Santa Clara University in California and holds a Bachelor degree in theatre arts.
Assistant Professor of History and Geography, Morgan State University

Dr. Natanya Duncan received her PhD from the University of Florida in 2009. Her areas of research include a focus on the development of Black Nationalist practices prevalent amongst female members of the Universal Negro Improvement Association and subsequent derivative groups which she has termed as an “Efficient Womanhood.” Using this framework, which she asserts refers to the “blending of nationalist and gendered concerns without the sacrificing of one for the other amongst African American women during the long freedom struggle,” Dr.

Madhusree is a filmmaker; also a curator, pedagogue, researcher, producer and activist. Though visual culture is the key to her works, multi-disciplinary initiatives and multi-layered representations frame her myriad engagements. Filmmaking, theatre, visual arts, literature, media products; students’ movement, feminist movement, movement against communalism, movement for democratisation of art practices; cultural literacy, art pedagogy, interfaces between genres, movements and disciplines form the path of Madhusree’s personal journey.

Having worked on their obsessions in parallel worlds for several years, Matias Echanove and Rahul Srivastava joined forces through their blog airoots/eirut in 2006. They have since written extensively on urban themes and engaged in projects involving planning, pedagogy, technology and activism. They are the co-directors of the Institute of Urbanology, which has offices in Mumbai and Goa (India).

Bikem Ekberzade is a photojournalist who focuses on forced migration in forgotten conflicts. She started her career as a videographer in United States, and soon continued her profession as a photojournalist in the U.S. and worldwide. She has worked for numerous international news outlets such as CNN International, Newsweek, Businessweek, Der Spiegel and The Christian Monitor.

Fulbright Research Scholar 2012-2013, SUNY Binghamton

Meriem El Haitami is a doctoral student at the University of Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdellah in Fez, Morocco. She conducts research in affiliation with the Moroccan Cultural Studies Centre in the English department. She is currently a Fulbright research scholar at SUNY Binghamton. Her PhD research addresses the dynamics of female religious authority and activism in contemporary Morocco.

Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Social and Cultural Analysis, NYU

Julie Passanante Elman is a Visiting Assistant Professor in New York University's Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies within the interdisciplinary Department of Social and Cultural Analysis. While at NYU, Elman has developed the university's first-ever undergraduate course in disability studies and served as a member of the NYU Council for the Study of Disability. Elman received her Ph.D. in American Studies from The George Washington University in 2009. Her research focuses broadly on 20th century media and cultural history, American literature, queer theory and disability studies.

Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Faculty of Arts, Cairo University
Dr. Elsadda is a leading scholar of women’s rights in Egypt and the Arab World, and a professor of English and Comparative Literature at Cairo University. With degrees from both Cairo University and the American University, she taught Comparative Arabic Studies at the University of Manchester from 2005 to 2011. In the past, she fought for changes in the country’s marriage laws and was member of the 50- committee for drafting the constitution in 2013. She is currently Chair of the Board of the Women and Memory Forum and Vice-President of the Egyptian Social Democratic Party.

Pınar Ensari did her undergraduate study at Boğaziçi University and graduated from departments of Philosophy and Political Science and International Relations (double major program) in 2010.  She finished her graduate study in the Cultural Studies MA program at Sabancı University in 2012 with a thesis titled “At the Crossroads of Eduation and Politics: Kurdish Women Studens in İstanbul”. Currently, she is working as a teaching assistant at Sabancı University, while also pursuing my studies in research areas such as ethnicity, gender, urban studies and anthropology of youth.

Assistant Professor, Interculturalism, Migration and Minorities Research Center, KULeuven

Nadia Fadil studied sociology and anthropology and works as an Assistant Professor at the Interculturalism, Migration and Minorities Research Center at KULeuven. Her research interests are situated at the intersection of religion, subjectivity, secular and liberal governmentality and multiculturalism, with Islam in Europe as specific empirical focus. A first thread of her work investigates the question of subjectivity, in which she looks at the ethical self-cultivation of pious and secular Muslims in Belgium.

Director, ESE:O
Professor Soledad Falabella Luco is the director of ESE:O, a non-profit organization which promotes performative writing projects, and the teaching and practice of writing to empower learning communities with effective skills for local and global participation in knowledge production and circulation. She teaches feminist critical theory, performance and poetry at the Magíster en Género y Cultura, Universidad de Chile.

Seth Fein's work studies international and transnational histories, much of it focused on  audiovisual culture in the Americas.  It has moved from the page to the screen.  In 2014-2015 he is a Fellow in Multimedia History at Harvard's Charles Warren Center, where he will develop Our Neighborhood, a documentary that examines Washington's intervention in Latin American television as cultural counterinsurgency against the Cuban Revolution across the 1960s; he has published an e

Lecturer, Corcoran Department of History and Women, Gender, Sexuality Program, University of Virginia
Cori Field has been an adjunct faculty member in the Department of History and the Program in Women, Gender, and Sexuality at the University of Virginia since 2007. Her research focuses on the intersection of gender, race, and age in the nineteenth-century United States. She is currently co-editing a volume on the historical significance of chronological age for New York University Press.
Visiting Professor, Spanish and Portuguese, New York University

Licia Fiol-Matta is Visiting Professor of Spanish and Portuguese at New York University. She received an AB from Princeton University and a PhD from Yale University, both in Comparative Literature. She is the author of A Queer Mother for the Nation: The State and Gabriela Mistral (Minnesota) and The Great Woman Singer: Gender and Voice in Puerto Rican Music (Duke). Fiol-Matta is co-editor of the series New Directions in Latino American Cultures (Palgrave).

Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese, Comparative Literature, NYU
Sibylle Fischer (Ph.D. Columbia) is Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese, Comparative Literature, NYU. Her work is situated at the intersections between literature, history, political philosophy, and aesthetics. She is the author of "Modernity Disavowed: Haiti and the Cultures of Slavery in the Age of Revolution" (Duke UP, 2004) and the editor of a new translation of "Cecilia Valdés" (Oxford UP, 2004). She has written numerous articles on Caribbean, Brazilian, and Spanish American literature from the colonial period to the 20th century.
Visiting Assistant Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis, New York University

Melissa Fisher earned her Ph.D. and M.A. in cultural anthropology at Columbia University, and her B.A. at Barnard College. She has received numerous grants and fellowships, including awards from the Alfred Sloan Foundation, the Institute for Advanced Study at Lancaster University, and the Center for Organizational Research at Stockholm University.

Distinguished Professor of Political Science at the CUNY Graduate Center

 Before coming to the Graduate Center, Prof. Piven taught at Boston University, Columbia University, New York University Law School, the Institute of Advanced Studies in Vienna, the University of Amsterdam, and the University of Bologna. She is past Vice-President of the American Political Science Association,  has served as program co-chair of the annual political science meetings, and is a past president of the Society for the Study of Social Problems.  She is currently President of the American Sociological Association.

Associate Professor, Political Science & International Relations, Boğaziçi University

Zeynep Gambetti is Associate Professor of political theory at Boğazici University. She obtained her Ph. D. at the University of Paris VII in 1999. Her work focuses on collective agency, ethics, and public space. She has carried out extensive research on the transformation of the conflict between the Turkish state and the Kurdish movement, with particular emphasis on space as a vector of relationality.

Associate Professor, Center for Bioethics and Humanities, Upstate Medical University

Rebecca Garden, PhD, is Associate Professor in the Center for Bioethics and Humanities at Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY.  She received her doctorate from Columbia University’s Department of English and Comparative Literature. She has published on empathy, the humanities, and medicine in New Literary History and the Journal for General Internal Medicine and on narrative, Deafness, and disability in Perspectives in Biology and Medicine, the Journal of Medical Humanities, Medical Humanities, and the Journal of Clinical Ethics.

Hala Ghosheh is a gender expert and development consultant, who was the Director of the five year Gender Social Fund in Jordan. She specializes in sustainable development work with focus on women and youth. Her experience includes working on policy, institutional and local community levels in several countries in the region. She has worked on program management, design, development and monitoring and evaluation, organizational gender reviews and conducting qualitative research to assess the status of women and youth in different contexts.

Senior Lecturer, Population and Research Institute, University of Nairobi
Wanjiru Gichuhi is a Senior Lecturer at the Population Studies and Research Institute of the University of Nairobi. A social demographer, her research focuses on population, health, rural/community and gender issues that have development and social policy implications. Specific interests include family dynamics, maternal/child survival, reproductive health, FP/HIV/AIDS, livelihood and food security issues.
David B. Kriser Professor of Anthropology, NYU

Faye Ginsburg is David B. Kriser Professor of Anthropology at NYU where is is also Director of the Center for Media, Culture and History, Co-Director of the NYU Council for the Study of Disability, and Co-Director of the Center for Religion and Media. Prizewinning author/editor of four Her research focuses on movements for social transformation, from her early work on abortion activists, to her longstanding research on indigenous media, to her current work, with Rayna Rapp, on cultural innovation and learning disabilities.

Associate Director, Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, New York University

Marcial Godoy-Anativia is a sociocultural anthropologist and the Associate Director of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics at New York University. He is co-editor, with Zeynep Gambetti, of Rhetorics of Insecurity: Belonging and Violence in the Neoliberal Era (NYU Press, forthcoming 2013). He is also Editor, with Jill Lane, of e-misférica, the Institute's trilingual online journal. From 2000-2007, he worked in the Program on Latin America and the Caribbean and the Program on International Collaboration at the Social Science Research Council.

Universidad de Chile

Ximena Vanessa Goecke S. is a chilean-jewish historian and a teacher of History and English, candidate to the degree of Magister in Gender and Culture in the Faculty of Humanities at Universidad de Chile. She teaches some courses in the Faculty of Education at Universidad de las Américas (UDLA) and in the English as Foreign Language area at Universidad Católica.

She participates in the research nucleus in “Body and Emotion” of the Faculty of Social Sciences at Universidad de Chile, as a member of the research section in “Body, memory and violence”.

Professor of Sociology, L'École des Hautes études en Sciences Sociales, Paris

Nilüfer Göle is Professor of Sociology at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in Paris. She works on Islamic visibility in European public spaces and the debates it engenders on religious and cultural difference. Her sociological approach aims to open up a new reading of modernity from a non-western perspective and a broader critique of Eurocentrism in the definitions of secular modernity. She is the author of Islam in Europe: The Lure of Fundamentalism and the Allure of Cosmopolitanism (2010) and The Forbidden Modern: Civilization and Veiling (1997).

Associate Professor, Tata Institute of Social Sciences
Meena Gopal works at the Centre for Women's Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, in Mumbai, India and is also a member of the autonomous feminist collective, Forum Against Oppression of Women, Bombay.

Milena Grass Kleiner, translator and theater scholar, is a professor at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. She holds a master's degree in Latin American Studies from Universidad de Chile and a PhD in Literature from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. She has published Spanish translations of English, American, and French plays, as well as books on Chilean history and theater studies. Her main fields of research have been theater and ritual, history, and memory in post-conflict contexts.

New York University

Judith Greenberg's research and teaching interests focus on questions of memory and trauma Studies, especially through a feminist lens. She holds a degree in comparative literature and her courses are informed by psychoanalysis, film Studies, Holocaust Studies, and her years teaching in French departments.

Assistant Professor of American Studies and Religious Studies, Yale University

Zareena Grewal is a historical anthropologist and a documentary filmmaker whose research focuses on race, gender, religion, nationalism, and transnationalism across a wide spectrum of American Muslim communities. Her first book, Islam is a Foreign Country: American Muslims and the Global Crisis of Authority (NYU 2013), is an ethnography of transnational Muslim networks that link US mosques to Islamic movements in Syria, Jordan, and Egypt through debates about the reform of Islam.

Professor of History, Cooper Union

Atina Grossmann teaches Modern German and European History, and Gender Studies. A graduate of the City College of New York (BA) and Rutgers University (Ph.D), she has held fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, German Marshall Fund, American Council of Learned Societies, the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, and the American Academy in Berlin.

Professor, University of Paris 8 Vincennes-Saint-Denis, Education Sciences Department

Nacira Guénif-Souilamas is Professor, University of Paris 8 Vincennes-Saint-Denis, Education Sciences Department.

She was formerly Associate Professor at the University of Paris Nord/13 and Co-Director of EXPERICE Research Center. 

Guénif-Souilamas holds a Phd in Sociology from l’École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris and a HDR of Sciences Po Paris. 

Dr. Havva G. Guney-Ruebenacker is a visiting post-doc researcher at Harvard Law School. Her dissertation is titled “An Islamic Legal Realist Critique of the Traditional Theory of Slavery, Marriage and Divorce in Islamic Law” and it focuses on traditional Islamic law and modern Islamic legal reforms in the area of slavery and family law with a comparative examination of modernization of American family law in the area of no-fault divorce and its economic consequences.

Associate Professor of Anthropology, Birzeit University
Rema Hammami is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the Institute of Women’s Studies, Birzeit University where she founded the graduate program in Gender and Development in 1998, the first graduate program in gender studies in the region.
President, Foundation for the Future

Mrs. Nabila Hamza is the President of the Foundation for the Future, (FFF) an independent, international nonprofit organization  supporting the civil society initiatives in their efforts to promote democracy and human rights in the MENA region. Prior to her work at the Foundation for the Future, Mrs. Hamza served as the Executive Director of the Center of Arab Women for Training and Research (CAWTAR). She has worked as an Expert in the Arab League for 10 years, in addition to having fulfilled numerous consulting missions in the region.

Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies and History, Duke University

Mona Hassan is Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies and History at Duke University and obtained her Ph.D. from Princeton University in 2009.  She specializes in global and comparative Islamic history, focusing on the intersections of culture, religion, politics, and gender.

Director, International Comparative Studies Program and Associate Professor in Women's Studies and Sociology, Duke University
Frances S. Hasso is Director of International Comparative Studies and Associate Professor in Women's Studies at Duke. She holds a secondary appointment in the Department of Sociology. She joined the Duke faculty in 2010 after 10 years as a faculty member at Oberlin College. Her recent monograph is titled, Consuming Desires: Family Crisis and the State in the Middle East (Stanford University Press, 2011). She is co-editing with Zakia Salime (Rutgers) a book project titled, "Geographies of Gender in the Arab Revolutions."
Actress, Historian, Teacher, Postgraduate Student PhD in Latin American Studies, Universidad de Chile

Mariana Hausdorf Andrade holds a Licenciate in Acting, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile 2011; Licenciate in History, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, 2012; and a qualification in secondary education teaching specializing in History, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, 2012.

Director of the Middle East Task Force, New America Foundation
Leila Hilal is Director of the Middle East Task Force at the New America Foundation. She focuses on Syria, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and issues related to U.S. foreign policy, community-based change, constitution-making, and transitional justice in the broader Middle East and North Africa. Prior to joining New America Hilal served as Senior Policy Adviser to the Commissioner-General of the Palestinian refugee agency (UNRWA) and as a legal adviser to Palestinian negotiators from 2002-2008. She has led numerous research missions on human rights and post-conflict scenario building and transitional justice in the Middle East, including for Chatham House, the International Center for Transitional Justice and the Euro-Med Human Rights Network for Human Rights.
Director, Project DOCC

Maggie Hoffman is co-founder and the director of Project DOCC - Delivery of Chronic Care.  In this unique medical education program, parents of children with special health care needs (CSHCN) and family caregivers of adults with chronic conditions teach doctors and other health professionals about living with illness and disability in their communities. Project DOCC’s pediatric program is in 28 academic medical centers across the United States and in Australia. Maggie is a founder and member of the New York Self-Determination Coalition (nyselfd).

Assistant Professor of Theater, City University of New York

Amy E. Hughes is Assistant Professor and Deputy Chair for Graduate Studies in the Department of Theater, Brooklyn College (CUNY). Her work focuses on the relationship between theater/performance and visual, print, and material culture in nineteenth-century America.

Theater Director

Nació en Santiago, en 1980. Actriz, dramaturga y directora, es egresada de la Escuela de Teatro de la Universidad de Chile. Se suman a estos, sus estudios de Puesta en Escena y Analisis de Texto cursados en el HB Studio en Nueva York, Estados Unidos. Como actriz ha participado en el elenco de Las Troyanas de Rodrigo Pérez, Fuera de foco, dirigida por Cristián Marambio, Esa, escrita por Alejandro Moreno y Ciudadanos dirigida por Alexis Moreno.

Sibel Irzık is currently teaching comparative literature in Sabancı University. She is the author of Deconstruction and the Politics of Criticism (Garland, 1990) and the co-editor of Relocating the Fault Lines: Turkey Beyond the East-West Divide (South Atlantic Quarterly, 2003). Among her other publications are “Istanbul: The Black Book,” in The Novel, ed. Franco Moretti, Princeton U. P., 2006; “Orhan Pamuk's Snow: Re-imagining the Boundaries between East and West, Art and Politics,” in Europe and Its Boundaries, eds.

Lecturer on gender issues and politics, International Affairs Department, Qatar University

Islah Jad is a lecturer on gender issues and politics, International Affairs Department, Qatar University. She is the former director of the Women's Studies Institute at Birzeit University.  

Senior Lecturer, Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University

Fiona Jenkins is a senior lecturer in the School of Philosophy, RSSS, ANU. She teaches on contemporary French philosophy, on Nietzsche, on film, and on aspects of democratic theory. Following a DPhil at Oxford (with a thesis on Nietzsche, 'Becoming What We Are: On Realism, Revaluation and Self-Representation in Nietzsche's Philosophy') she spent two years teaching at Essex University, taking up a post-doc. at Sydney University in 1997 and moving to ANU in 2002. She has two children and is rediscovering the reasons for feminism.

Assistant Professor of Musicology, Brooklyn College

Stephanie Jensen-Moulton, Assistant Professor of Musicology at Brooklyn College, has published articles on women in hip-hop, the 19th-century piano prodigy "Blind Tom" Wiggins, feminist pedagogy and other topics in American music. She has presented papers and lecture-recitals at numerous national and international conferences, including IASPM Rome and national meetings of the Society for American Music and the American Musicological Society. She received the Ph.D.

Associate Professor of History and Afroamerican Studies, and Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Martha S. Jones is Associate Professor of History and Afroamerican Studies, and Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Jones holds a Ph.D. in history from Columbia University (2001) and a J.D. from the CUNY School of Law (1987). She currently serves as a 2008 Visiting Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and the National Constitution Center.

Assistant Professor, School of Theatre, Catholic University, Chile

Dr. María José Contreras is a performance artist and Professor in the Theater School at the Catholic University in Chile, as well as an actress and theatre director. Her creative work and her research focus on the relationship between the body, memory and performance. She has worked as a theatre director in both Chile and Europe.

Associate Professor, English, City University of New York

Kelly Baker Josephs, Associate Professor of English, specializes in World Anglophone Literature with an emphasis on Caribbean Literature. She teaches courses in Anglophone Caribbean Literature, Postcolonial Literature and Theory, Literatures of the African Diaspora, and Gender Studies. Her book Disturbers of the Peace: Representations of Insanity in Anglophone Caribbean Literature (U of Virginia P, 2013), considers the ubiquity of madmen and madwomen in Caribbean literature between 1959 and 1980.

Theater, Faculty of Arts, Pontificia Universidad de Chile, playwright

Andrés Kalawski studied acting and playwriting at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, and received his Masters in Literature at Universidad de Chile. He is now working on his dissertation for a PhD in History, and is currently Associate Professor at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.

Banu Karaca (Ph.D. Cultural Anthropology, Graduate Center-CUNY) is a Visiting Scholar at Sabanci University's Faculty of Arts and Sciences. She is currently completing a manuscript, which examines how divergent claims regarding the civic, political and economic impact of art are mediated in the art worlds of Berlin and Istanbul.

Senior Research Scholar, Center for Biomedical Ethics, Stanford University

Katrina Karkazis is an anthropologist and bioethicist at the Center for Biomedical Ethics at Stanford University and a faculty affiliate in the Program for Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, also at Stanford.

Her recent work examines "gender verification" of elite female athletes. An article analyzing the latest policies was published in the American Journal of Bioethics

Commentaries have appeared in the New York Times, The Guardian, New Scientist, and Discover.

Sameera Khan is a Mumbai-based independent journalist, writer, and researcher. A former assistant editor at The Times of India, she is currently a fellow at the TISS, PUKAR & Max Planck Institute Urban Aspirations Project.

Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, Stony Brook University, SUNY

Eva Feder Kittay is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Stony Brook University/SUNY. Among her most recent major publications are “On the Margins of Moral Personhood” (Ethics, October 2005) and Blackwell Studies in Feminist Philosophy (with Linda Alcoff, 2006) and Cognitive Disability and Its Challenge to Moral Philosophy (with Licia Carlson, Blackwell 2010).

Nancy Kricorian is the author of the novels Zabelle, Dreams of Bread and Fire, and All The Light There Was, which is set in the Armenian community of Paris during World War II. She is a widely published poet and essayist, whose work has appeared in The Antioch Review, Parnassus, In These Times, The Minnesota Review, Women’s Studies Quarterly, and other journals.

Assistant Professor in the Department for Near Eastern Studies, Princeton University

Mirjam Künkler (Ph.D., Columbia University) is Assistant Professor in the Department for Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University, USA. She has published on religion-state relations and Islamic thought in 20th century Iran and Indonesia, and edited with Alfred Stepan, Indonesia, Islam and Democracy, Columbia University Press (2013), and with John Madeley and Shylashri Shankar, A Secular Age: Beyond the West, (2014).

Professor, Spanish Language and Literature, Chairperson, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, Loyola University Chicago

Bernardita Llanos M. is Professor of Spanish Language and Literature at Loyola University Chicago. She received her PhD in Hispanic and Luso-Brasilian Literatures and Linguistics from the University of Minnesota. In 1994 she published (Re)descubrimiento y (re)conquista de América en la ilustración española, which received a publication grant from the Program of Cultural Cooperation between Spain's Ministry of Culture and U.S. universities.

University of Oregon
Nadia Loan is a socio-cultural anthropologist whose research interests focus on Islam and modernity, gender, religion and media and textual traditions. She is currently teaching at the University of Oregon on modern Islam, gender in Muslim societies, and new media practices in South Asia. She received her PhD in anthropology from Columbia University in 2012.
Senior Lecturer in Law, Birkbeck Law, UK

Dr Elena Loizidou, BA (Keele) LLM, PhD (Lancaster), Senior Lecturer in Law, joined the School of Law, Birbeck in January 2000. Dr Loizidou is the Programme Director & Admissions Tutor for the FT LLB (UCAS). Dr Loizidou's research interests include anarchism and political theory, theories of gender and sexuality and law and culture. Dr Loizidou is currently working on a monograph on anarchist practices and theory.

María Eugenia Lorenzini nació en Talca. Sicóloga de profesión, desarrolló un importante trabajo como fotógrafa, formando parte de una generación que buscó retratar el rostro gris de Chile durante la dictadura militar. En esos años trabajó como reportera gráfica en el semanario Hoy y la revista Análisis, labor gracias a la cual reunió un importante archivo fotográfico que concentró en su libro Fragmento fotográfico, arte, narración y memoria. Chile 1980-1990.
Project Collaborator and Researcher, ESE:O

Amanda Lotspike graduated Phi Beta Kappa at the University of California, Davis with a B.A. in International Relations and Women and Gender Studies. With support from the U.S. State Department’s Gilman International Scholarship and the UC Davis President’s Fellowship, she carried out ethnographic research in Santiago, Chile in 2011, working to understand how community health promoters in popular sectors of Santiago push the ontological notions of the body within a neoliberal political economy. She is currently working as a Project Collaborator and Researcher for ESE:O.

R. Jean Brownlee Term Associate Professor of English, University of Pennsylvania

Heather Love is R. Jean Brownlee Term Associate Chair at the University of Pennsylvania where she teaches courses in twentieth-century literature and culture, queer studies, disability studies, film, and critical theory. She is the author of Feeling Backward: Loss and the Politics of Queer History (2007) and the editor of a special issue of GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies on the scholarship and legacy of Gayle Rubin ("Rethinking Sex").

Associate Professor of English, Penn State University

Janet Lyon co-developed the Disability Studies program at Penn State, and subsequently created the undergraduate minor in Disability Studies, which she currently directs.  She has published widely on the literature and culture of modernism and is at work on a book linking the conceptual appearance of disability as concept with the coeval development of modernist aesthetics.  She has delivered several invited talks on this subject, and recently published a portion of the project appeared in the flagship field journal Modernism/modernity: “On the Asylum Road with Woolf and Mew” (18.3

Professor of History, University Federal Fluminense

Hebe Mattos is Professor of History at University Federal Fluminense (UFF) in Brazil. She was visiting Professor at Columbia University (Ruth Cardoso Chair, ILAS/Institute of Latin America Studies, 2013/2014), at Ecoles des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (2004) and at the University of Michigan (1996). She is the author or co-author of numerous books on Brazilian slavery and post-emancipation society, including Memórias do Cativeiro. Família, Trabalho e Cidadania no Pós-Abolição/ Memories of Captivity.

Associate Professor of Philosophy, Lehman College, City University of New York

Julie E. Maybee is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Lehman College, City University of New York (CUNY).  She is the Coordinator of the new Disability Studies Minor at Lehman, and is affiliated with the Masters in Disability Studies Program in the School of Professional Studies at CUNY along with the Department of African and African American Studies at Lehman.

Professor of English and Gender Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Anne McClintock's research interests include: Victorian British Literature and Culture, Twentieth Century American Culture and Literature, Gender Studies and Theories of Sexuality, Colonial and Postcolonial Literature and Culture, Irish Literature and Culture.  She is the author of Simone de Beauvoir (1990); Olive Shreiner (1991); Imperial Leather: Race, Gender, and Sexuality in the Colonial Contest (1995) and co-editor of Dangerous Liaisons: Gender, Nation and Postcolonial Perspectives (1997); and Of Race and Queer Sexuality (1999).

Director of Research and Chief Archivist, Leo Baeck Institute

Dr. Frank Mecklenburg is Director of Research and Chief Archivist at Leo Baeck Institute, a research library and archive that documents the history and culture of German-speaking Jewry, primarily in the 19th and 20th centuries, but also including documents dating back to the middle ages. LBI was founded in 1955 as a repository for the books, papers, photos and documents that were salvaged from Central Europe after World War II and donated to the Institute.


Susan Meiselas received her B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and her M.A. in visual education from Harvard University. She joined Magnum Photos in 1976.  She is the author of three books: Carnival Strippers, Nicaragua, and Pandora's Box and editor of five collections: Learn to See, El Salvador: The Work of 30 Photographers, Chile from Within., Kurdistan: In the Shadow of History and Encounters with the Dani.  She has co-directed two films: "Living at Risk" and "Pictures from a Revolution" with Richard P.

Susan Meiselas received her B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and her M.A. in visual education from Harvard University. Her first major photographic essay focused on the lives of women doing striptease at New England country fairs. She photographed the carnivals during three consecutive summers while teaching photography in the New York public schools. CARNIVAL STRIPPERS was published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux in 1976. A selection was installed at the Whitney Museum of Art in June 2000. The original book was revised and reprinted by the Whitney Museum and Steidl Verlag in 2003.

Professor of English, French and Comparative Literature, Graduate Center, CUNY

Nancy K. Miller is currently working on a project about the experience of girls and young women in the American 1950s, about private life and middlebrow culture; also a project on the nature of extreme experience and its recording in testimony and other documents. Continuing interests include questions of autobiography and memoir, feminist theory, women's writing, trauma and testimony.

Assistant Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication, New York University

Mara Mills is Assistant Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University. She received her Ph.D.

Associate Professor of English, Skidmore College

Susannah B. Mintz is associate professor of English at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY. She is the author of Threshold Poetics: Milton and Intersubjectivity (2003) and Unruly Bodies: Life Writing by Women with Disabilities (2007), and co-editor with Lisa Johnson of On the Literary Nonfiction of Nancy Mairs: A Critical Anthology (2011). Her current project is entitled Hurt and Pain: A Literary History.

SOAS, University of London (the School of Oriental and African Studies)

Ziba Mir-Hosseini is a legal anthropologist, specializing in Islamic law, gender and development. She has a BA in Sociology from Tehran University (1974) and a PhD in Social Anthropology from University of Cambridge (1980).

Professor of Art and Art Education, NYU
Nicholas Mirzoeff is a visual culture theorist and professor in the Department of Media, Culture and Communication at New York University. He is best known for his work developing the field of visual culture and for his many books and his widely used textbook on the subject.
Associate Professor

I am a political historian of the United States writing about women and gender, race, and the state.

Professor and Dean, School of Media and Cultural Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences

Dr. Anjali Monteiro is Professor and Dean, School of Media and Cultural Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. She has a Masters degree in Economics and a Ph.D. in Sociology. She is involved in documentary production, media teaching and research. Jointly with K.P. Jayasankar, she has made over 35 documentary films. Their work has been screened extensively at film festivals all over the world and they have won twenty-two national and international awards.

Professor of Anthropology and Sociology, University of Amsterdam

Annelies Moors studied Arabic at the University of Damascus and Arabic and anthropology at the University of Amsterdam. She holds the chair for contemporary Muslim societies at the department of sociology and anthropology at the University of Amsterdam. She is co-director of the research programme group ‘Globalizing Culture and the Quest for Belonging: Ethnographies of the Everyday’, and director of the research programme Muslim Cultural Politics at the AiSSR (Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research).

Activist and Journalist
Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis and History, NYU
Jennifer L. Morgan is professor of history and of social and cultural analysis at New York University. Her research examines the intersections of gender and race in colonial America, and she is author of Laboring Women: Gender and Reproduction in the Making of New World Slavery (2004). She is currently at work on a project that considers colonial numeracy, racism, and the rise of the transatlantic slave trade, tentatively entitled “Accounting for the Women in Slavery.”
Associate Professor of History, Rutgers University

Donna Murch is an associate professor of history at Rutgers University and a former codirector of the Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis, where she directed the Black Atlantic seminar. Her teaching and research focus on postwar U.S. history, modern African American history, twentieth-century urban studies, and the political economy of drugs. She is the author of Living for the City: Migration, Education, and the Rise of the Black Panther Party in Oakland, California (2010), which won the Phillis Wheatley Book Award.

History, Pontificia Universidad de Chile / History, Universidad Academia di Humanismo Cristiano

La profesora Nancy Nicholls se ha especializado en las temáticas de historia y memoria, e historia del tiempo presente, utilizando entre otras, la metodología de la historia oral. Actualmente participa como co-investigadora en el Proyecto Fondecyt Regular ‘Antropología e historia de la industria ballenera en Chile (1935-1983)’, dirigido por Daniel Quiroz. Participa, en calidad de asesora e investigadora, del proyecto de creación del ‘Archivo Testimonial de víctimas de la Represión, 1975-1990’, de la Fundación de Ayuda Social de las Iglesias Cristianas, FASIC.

Professor of Photography and Imaging, NYU

Lorie Novak's photographs, installations, and Internet projects have been in numerous exhibitions including solo exhibitions at ArtSway, Hampshire, England; The International Center of Photography, NY; Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, AZ; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the Houston Center for Photography; Breda Fotografica, the Netherlands; Jayne Baum Gallery, NY; University Art Museum, California State Univ. Long Beach; Addison Gallery, Andover, MA; and Stanford University Art Museum.

Sabanci University (Turkey)

Ayse Parla is on the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Sabanci University (Turkey).  She is the recipient  of a TUBITAK research grant for a collaborative project on "Forms of organization among new migrants: A comparative analysis of Bulgarian Turks, Iraqi Turkmens and Moldavians in Turkey." (with Mine Eder and Didem Danis). Her recent publications include: "Irregular Workers or Ethnic Kin?

After a long and distinguished career as a faculty pediatrician/neonatologist in Chicago, and her time at HSPH, Dr. Anita Patil Deshmukh returned to her native India with a vision. The government of the state of Maharashtra had supported her education and, along with HPSH, given her the tools to become who she is today – medical doctor, advocate for populations without a voice, passionate believer in human dignity and the right to health – and Anita knew she wanted to give back to her country and community, and give others the opportunity to flourish.

Assistant Professor, Tata Institute of Social Sciences
Shilpa Phadke is assistant professor at the Centre for Media and Cultural Studies at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. She has been educated at St. Xavier’s College and SNDT University, Mumbai, and the University of Cambridge, UK.

Vidyadhar K. Phatak, after 37 years of experience in various sub-fields of urban planning and development in government agencies in Mumbai,retired from the service of Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority as its Principal Chief, Town and Country Planning Division on February 29, 2004. His interests include - Urban and Shelter Sector Studies, City Development Strategy, Preparation and appraisal of projects for the Development Banks and Financing local governments and Structuring projects for Public-Private-Partnership.

Associate Professor, Center for Humanities Research, University of the Western Cape.

Associate Professor Suren Pillay is a Senior Researcher and Acting Director at the Center for Humanities Research. He holds a Phd (with Distinction) in Anthropology from Columbia University, and an MA (cum laude) in Development Studies from the University of the Western Cape. Between 2007 -2010 Suren was seconded to the Human Sciences Research Council of South Africa where he led research on the effects of violence and crime on citizenship in post-apartheid South Africa, and conducted research on migration and xenophobia.

Professor of Sociology, Queens College and the CUNY Graduate Center

Victoria Pitts-Taylor is Professor of Sociology at Queens College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. At the Graduate Center, she is also Director of the Center for the Study of Women and Society and Coordinator of the Women’s Studies Doctoral Certificate Program. She is author of two books, In the Flesh: the Cultural Politics of Body Modification and Surgery Junkies: Wellness and Pathology in Cosmetic Culture, as well as Editor of The Cultural Encyclopedia of the Body.

Reader of the International Politics of the Middle East, University of Warwick, UK.
Nicola Pratt is Reader of the International Politics of the Middle East at the University of Warwick, UK. She has written on human rights, civil society and democratization in the Arab world, including Democracy and Authoritarianism in the Arab World (Lynne Rienner, 2007). More recently, she has written on issues of gender, war and security in the Middle East. She is co-author, with Nadje Al-Ali, of What Kind of Liberation? Women and the Occupation of Iraq (University of California Press, 2009), co-editor, also with Nadje Al-Ali, of Women and War in the Middle East (Zed Press, 2009) and co-editor with Sophie Richter-Devroe of a special issue of International Feminist Journal of Politics on ‘Critically Examining UNSCR 1325 on Women, Peace and Security’ (December 2011) as well as articles in International Studies Quarterly and Third World Quarterly, amongst others.

Gonzalo Rabanal estudió Comunicación Audio Visual en el Instituto Arcos, periodo donde emprende la elaboración de un trabajo de obra que se proyecta de lo particular a lo colectivo, abriendo lugar a una multiplicidad expresiva. Ha sido reconocido el año 1989 con la beca Fundación Andes y el año 2010 con la beca Fundación Ford. Actualmente cursa como alumno de postgrado el Magíster en Artes Visuales en la pontificia universidad católica de chile.

Assistant Professor, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Metropolitan Studies, NYU

Assistant Professor, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Metropolitan Studies; Assistant Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis , Africana Studies , American Studies ; Director, Metropolitan Studies Ph.D. 2007 (Anthropology), University of Chicago; M.A. 2002 (Anthropology), University of Chicago; B.A. 2000 (Africana Studies) Morris Brown College.

Areas of Research/Interest: Citizenship, Sovereignty, Risk, Liability, Urban Youth Culture, Diaspora, Postcolonialism

Director of the Center for Disability Studies and Professor of History, University at Buffalo

Michael A. Rembis is the Director of the Center for Disability Studies and an Assistant Professor in the Department of History at the University at Buffalo (SUNY). He came to Buffalo from the University of Notre Dame, where he was a visiting scholar in the Department of American Studies and the Department of History. His work, which has appeared in many journals and edited collections, has won several awards, including the 2008 Irving K. Zola Award, awarded annually by the Society for Disability Studies to emerging scholars.

Assistant Professor of English, City University of New York

Julia Miele Rodas is assistant professor of English at the City University of New York (CUNY). She teaches writing at CUNY’s Bronx Community College and is on the faculty of the Master’s program in Disability Studies at the CUNY School of Professional Studies. Her writing has appeared in Victorian Literature & Culture, Dickens Studies Annual, the Victorian Review, the Journal of Literary & Cultural Disability Studies, Disability Studies Quarterly, the Explicator, and other venues.

Department of Politics and International Studies, The Open University

Leticia Sabsay is a Research Associate at the Department of Politics and International Studies at The Open University. Her appointment is part of the ‘Oecumene - Citizenship after Orientalism’ ERC project. Her areas of specialism encompass: critical social theory; feminist cultural and visual studies; and queer theory. Prior to taking on this role she studied sociology, and subsequently became Assistant Professor of Communications, at the University of Buenos Aires before leaving Argentina in 2002.

Associate Professor in Sociology and Women's and Gender Studies, Rutger's

How to understand the complicities and cross-fertilizations of the discursive regimes of war and terror and neoliberal globalization? What are the gendered spaces in which states and neoliberal economic forces interest to produce gendered subjectivities, desires and agency? How does this interplay of classed, racialized and gendered forces create marginalization and subordination but also spaces for participation and contention ?

Transitional Justice Officer, Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR)
Ms. Yara Sallam is the Transitional Justice officer at the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR). Yara previously worked as the Women Human Rights Defenders Program director at Nazra for Feminist Studies (Egypt), a professional legal assistant at the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) in The Gambia, as a researcher on Freedom of Religion and Belief at EIPR, and as a research assistant at the Institute of Research for Development (IRD) focusing on women’s rights in Egypt. Yara earned two degrees of law (LL.B) – a Licence of Law from Cairo University in Egypt and Maîtrise of Commercial Law from Paris I University Pantheon Sorbonne in France in 2007. She has also been awarded a Master of Laws degree (LL.M.) in International Human Rights Law at the Law School of Notre Dame University, the United States of America (2010).
Assistant Professor of English, City University of New York

Rebecca Sanchez is an Assistant Professor of English at Fordham University and a member of the MLA’s Committee on Disability Issues in the Profession. Her research interests include transatlantic modernism, Deaf and disability studies and poetics. She is currently working on a book project entitled Deafening Modernism, which analyzes the impact of communicative norms on twentieth century writing.

Smt. P. N. Doshi Women’s College of Arts

Abhay Sardesai has been the Editor of ART India, the premier art magazine of India, since November 2002. Under his editorship, the magazine has developed a Culture Studies-oriented approach and has become more inter-disciplinary in its theme-based explorations. He has been a Visiting Faculty in Aesthetics at the Department of English, University of Mumbai, and has also been the Chair of Humanities, Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute of Architecture, Mumbai. He teaches at the Smt. P. N. Doshi Women’s College of Arts and also at various other institutions like Jnanapravaha and TISS.

Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought and Professor of History, University of Pennsylvania

Barbara D. Savage is Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought and Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania, where she has taught since 1995. She teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in twentieth century African American history; the history of American religious and social reform movements; and the history of the relationship between media and politics.

Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, UCLA

Asma Sayeed is Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies at UCLA in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures. Her primary research interests are in early and classical Muslim social history, the intersections of law and social history, gender, and the history of Muslim education. Her book, Women and the Transmission of Religious Knowledge in Islam (Cambridge University Press) analyses Muslim women’s religious education, specifically their transmission of ḥadīth from the rise of Islam to the early Ottoman period.

Associate Professor of Law and Director, Disability Rights Clinic, Syracuse University College of Law

Michael Schwartz, a deaf lawyer, is an associate professor of law and has been the director of the Disability Rights Clinic in the Office of Clinical Legal Education at the Syracuse University College of Law since August 2004.  Schwartz received his Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Brandeis University and a Master of Arts degree in Theater Arts from Northwestern University.  He then joined the National Theater of the Deaf and toured the United States as D’Artagnan in Dumas’s The Three Musketeers.

Senior Lecturer, University of Cape Town

Working at the intersection of Islamic Studies and Gender Studies, Dr Shaikh has an interest in Sufism and its implications for Islamic feminism and feminist theory. Her book Sufi Narratives of Intimacy: Ibn ʿArabī, Gender and Sexuality is published by the University of North Carolina Press (2012). Her other areas of research cover issues of gender violence; feminist approaches to hadith and Quran; contraception and abortion; theoretical debates on Islam and feminism;  Engaged Sufism and empirical research on South African Muslim women.

Lawrence D. Biele Chair in Law, Faculty of Law-Institute of Criminology and the School of Social Work and Public Welfare, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian is a longtime anti-violence, native Palestinian feminist activist and scholar. She is the Lawrence D. Biele Chair in Law at the Faculty of Law-Institute of Criminology and the School of Social Work and Public Welfare at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Kalpana Sharma is a Mumbai-based independent journalist, columnist and media consultant who writes for English language and Indian language publications in India. Until recently, she was Deputy Editor with The Hindu, one of India's leading English language dailies. Her special areas of interest are environmental and developmental issues and gender. She has written three books: Rediscovering Dharavi: Stories from Asia's Largest Slum (Penguin 2000), Whose News?

Surabhi Sharma is a filmmaker. She studied film direction at the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune, and made her first film in 2001. She completed a BA in Anthropology and Psychology from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai University. Her films have been screened and awarded at various international and national festivals. She has also directed and scripted fiction films and Science Programming for children. Beyond this Surabhi Sharma is a guest lecturer at the National Institute of Design and at the Centre for Media and Cultural Studies, Tata Institute of Social Science.

V. L. Parrington Collegiate Professor, Professor of English and Art and Design, University of Michigan

Tobin Siebers is V. L. Parrington Collegiate Professor, Professor of English and Art and Design at the University of Michigan. He has been a fellow of the Michigan Society of Fellows and the John Simon Memorial Guggenheim Foundation and a Visiting Scholar at the Ecole Polytechnique in Paris.

Associate Professor of Anthropology, City University of New York

Irina Carlota (Lotti) Silber received her PhD from NYU and is currently an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the City College of New York (CCNY) in the Department of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, which is housed at the Center for Worker Education. She is also the Director of the MA Program in the Study of the Americas. She is the recipient of various dissertation fellowships (i.e.

Emiritus Professor of Economics, Hofstra University

Bertram Silverman is a professor of economics emeritus and former director of the Center for the Study of Labor and Democracy at Hosftra University.  He has worked as a trade union economist and has organized and directed a joint university-trade union college degree program for working adults.  Silverman has written about labor problems in the United States, Latin America, and Europe.  He is editor of Man and Socialism in Cuba: The Great Debate and co-editor with Murray Yanowitch of The Worker in “Post-Industrial” Capitalism; Labor and Democracy in the Tran

Simpreet Singh is an Indian activist who since quitting his career as a successful engineer, has worked relentlessly on exposing housing scams and corruption in the city of Mumbai, where slum-dwellers are being evicted, in many cases unfairly, to make way for upmarket developments.

Professor of Sociology, Boğaziçi University

Professor of Sociology at Bogazici University.  She received a Bachelor of Arts  and PhD at the University College of London in 1976 and 1988 respectively.  Dr. Sirman’s areas of interest include gender, family and kinship, postcolonial societies, interpretive methods.

Professor Emeritus of History, University of Michigan

Carroll Smith-Rosenberg is the Mary Frances Berry Collegiate Professor of History, Women's Studies and American Culture, University of Michigan, Emerita. The author of several books and more than 40 essays on American history and culture and women's history, she has twice received the Binkley-Stephenson Award for best article in the Journal of American History. Her most recent book is This Violent Empire: The Birth of an American National Identity (2010).

Professor, Dr. B. Ambedkar Marathwada University

She is Professor in Advanced Centre for Women's Studies, School of Development Studies at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences and Director of Tarabai Shinde Women's Studies Center.  She was a graduate in Mathematics, Economics at the University of Cambridge and recieved a Ph.D. in the Department of Economics at Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University.

Associate Professor, English Department, Université François-Rabelais-Tours, France

Dr. Soumahoro is an Associate Professor in the English Department at the Université François-Rabelais-Tours, France. She has been a visiting lecturer in Africana Studies at Barnard College and at the Institute for Research in African American Studies (IRAAS) at Columbia University (New York). She received her PhD magna cum laude from the English Department of the Université de Tours Francois-Rabelais (France). She has also been a Visiting Scholar in the History Department and the Institute for Research in African American Studies (IRAAS) at Columbia University.

Visiting Professor of Oral History, Columbia

Leo Spitzer is the Vernon Professor of History Emeritus at Dartmouth College.

Having worked on their obsessions in parallel worlds for several years, Matias Echanove and Rahul Srivastava joined forces through their blog airoots/eirut in 2006. They have since written extensively on urban themes and engaged in projects involving planning, pedagogy, technology and activism. They are the co-directors of the Institute of Urbanology, which has offices in Mumbai and Goa (India).

Distinguished Professor of Music, CUNY Graduate Center

Joseph Straus is Distinguished Professor of Music at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He is the author of numerous books and articles on topics in twentieth-century music, including Twelve-Tone Music in America (2009), Introduction to Post-Tonal Theory (3rd ed., 2004), Stravinsky's Late Music (2001), The Music of Ruth Crawford Seeger (1995), and Remaking the Past: Musical Modernism and the Influence of the Tonal Tradition (1990).

Professor and Chair, Department of Media, Culture, and Communication and Co-Director of the Visual Culture Program, NYU

Marita Sturken is Professor in the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University, where she teaches courses in visual culture, cultural memory, and consumerism.

Associate Professor of History, Fordham University

My research interests center on the social and cultural history of the U.S. since World War II, but I have also written on the Gilded Age and Progressive Eras.  My focus is the intersections among gender, cultural, and labor and economic history.  I have a strong background in U.S. visual and popular culture as well, and have recently been teaching the history of American photography.  My training is in American Studies and I rely on an interdisciplinary approach in my work. 

Visiting Lecturer at the International Studies Institute, University of New Mexico

Amina Tawasil's current research focus is on the intersection of women and Islamic education. With the support of the International and Transcultural Studies program at Teachers College, Columbia University, in the summer of 2008 she traveled to Tehran, Iran to conduct a two-month pilot study on the education of seminarian women in Iran, which became the main focus of her dissertation research.

University Professor, Performance Studies and Spanish and Founding Director, Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, NYU

Diana Taylor is the author of Theatre of Crisis: Drama and Politics in Latin America (1991), which won the Best Book Award given by New England Council on Latin American Studies and Honorable Mention in the Joe E.


Aylin Tekiner (b. 1978, Nevsehir, Turkey) is a New York/Istanbul based artist and activist. She undertook her B.A. and M.A. at Hacettepe University Fine Arts, Sculpture Department in Ankara, Turkey. In 2008 she received her PhD at Ankara University, Institute of Educational Sciences, Cultural Fundamentals of Education Department. Her book "Ataturk Statues: Cult, Esthetics, and Politics" evolved from her PhD thesis and was published by Iletisim Yayinlari (Turkey) in 2010. Aylin has had solo shows and participated in the group exhibitions in Turkey and New York.

Assistant Professor of History, Dartmouth College

Zeynep Türkyılmaz received her Ph.D. from the Department of History at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2009.  Her dissertation, "Anxieties of Conversion: Missionaries, State and Heterodox Communities in the Late Ottoman Empire," is based on intensive research conducted in Ottoman, British, and several American missionary archives. She was an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminar Postdoctoral at UNC-Chapel Hill between 2009-2010 and Europe in the Middle East/ The Middle East in Europe Seminar Postdoctoral Fellow at Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin between 2010-2011.

Center for Advanced Study, Sophia

Elena Tzelepis has completed her Ph.D. in Philosophy at the New School for Social Research, New York. She works on social and political philosophy. She has taught at Columbia University and held visiting positions at the American University in Cairo and the University of Aegean, Greece.

Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science and Centre for Urban Studies, University of Amsterdam

Darshan Vigneswaran is currently an Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science and Centre for Urban Studies , University of Amsterdam. He is also a Senior Researcher at the African Centre for Migration and Society, WITS University. In 2008, he was a British Academy Fellow at the International Migration Institute, University of Oxford where he continues to serve as the reviews editor on the working paper series.


Paromita Vohra is a filmmaker, writer and curator whose work has focuses on urban life, popular culture, gender, politics and art. Her films have been widely screened in festivals, galleries and popular screening spaces, besides being included in university syllabi around the world.

Assistant Professor in the Division of Global Public Health, Department of Medicine

Jennifer A. Wagman, PhD, MHS is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Global Public Health, Department of Medicine and an active faculty member with UCSD’s Center on Gender Equity and Health. Dr.

Director of Research, Center for Ethics, Yeshiva University

David Wasserman is Director of Research at the Center for Ethics at Yeshiva University. He oversees the research and scholarly activities of the Center with an emphasis on the philosophical aspects of bioethics, health care ethics, and disability studies. His current projects focus on prenatal selection and parental role-morality. He publishes widely on these and other topics. At Yeshiva University, Mr. Wasserman presents his research at faculty seminars and a variety of student events. He also presents his work at a wide range of national and international conferences.

Professor of American Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies, Yale University

Laura Wexler is co-Principal Investigator of the Women, Religion and Globalization project. She is the author of Tender Violence: Domestic Visions in an Age of U. S. Imperialism (University of North Carolina Press, 2000) and Pregnant Pictures (Routledge, 2000), co-authored with Sandra Matthews. Tender Violence was awarded the 2001 annual Joan Kelley Memorial Prize of the American Historical Association for the best book in women’s history and/or feminist theory.

Professor of Sociology, Sarah Lawrence College

Sarah Wilcox is Professor of Sociology, Sarah Lawrence College. She specializes in medical sociology, the sociology of science and knowledge, gender and sexuality, and the mass media.  Her current research focuses on embodiment and biological knowledge, particularly how lay and expert knowledge intersect and when and how biological ideas become salient in embodied experience, personal identities, and popular culture.

University Professor and Chair of Photography & Imaging, Tisch School of the Arts, NYU

Deb Willis has an affiliated appointment with the College of Arts and Sciences, Africana Studies. She was a 2005 Guggenheim Fellow and Fletcher Fellow, and a 2000 MacArthur Fellow, as well as the 1996 recipient of the Anonymous Was a Woman Foundation award. She has pursued a dual professional career as an art photographer and as one of the nation's leading historians of African American photography and curator of African American culture.

Sarah Lawrence College; Narrative Medicine Program, Columbia University

Penny Wolfson won a National Magazine Award in Feature Writing in 2001 for an essay in The Atlantic Monthly called “Moonrise,” which has since been anthologized in several collections, including Best American Essays. Her memoir, Moonrise: One Family, Genetic Identity and Muscular Dystrophy, was published by St. Martin’s Press in 2003.

Assistant Professor, Department of English, University of Pittsburgh

Autumn Womack received her PhD from Columbia University where her research focused on 19th and early twentieth century African American literary culture. At Columbia she developed a rich interest in archival practices, visual studies, black print culture, and social science.

Associate Professor of Philosophy, Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus

Sophia Isako Wong is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the Brooklyn Campus of Long Island University in New York, NY, USA. She has published on duties of justice to persons with intellectual disabilities, comparisons between sexism and discrimination against people with intellectual disabilities, and how the availability of PGD (preimplantation genetic diagnosis) affects the reproductive autonomy of prospective parents. Her current research analyzes the work of children and adolescents who provide care to their siblings, parents and other family members.

Merieme Yafout is a professor and researcher in social sciences. She is the author of several articles on “Islamic feminism in Morocco”, “female ijtihad”, “the status of women in Moroccan political parties”, “Islamist movements in Morocco,” “elections in Morocco,” and “field research in Morocco.”
Anthropologist, Department of Applied Social Sciences, Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Yan Hairong is an anthropologist in the Department of Applied Social Sciences, Hong Kong Polytechnic University.  Her research interests are labour migration, rural-urban relations, and rural cooperatives in China, as well as Hong Konger/Mainlander relations and China/Africa links.
Associate Professor & Head, Department of English, University of Ghana

Helen Yitah is Associate Professor and Head of the Department of English, University of Ghana. She is also founding Director of the University of Ghana-Carnegie Writing Centre, established through her initiative. She holds a BA and MPhil from the University of Ghana and a PhD from the University of South Carolina, Columbia. She has taught various courses on literature and writing at both universities.

Georg Simmel Professor of Diversity and Social Conflict, Humboldt University, Berlin

Gökçe Yurdakul is Georg Simmel Professor of Diversity and Social Conflict at the Humboldt University, Berlin Graduate School of Social Sciences.

She studied Sociology at the Bogazici University and Gender & Women’s Studies at the Middle East Technical University in Turkey. She has her PhD. from the University of Toronto, Department of Sociology where she received the Connaught Fellowship.