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Meridians: feminism, race, transnationalism 6.1 (2005) 224-226

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Nandini Bhattacharya teaches in and chairs the Department of Women's and Gender Studies at the University of Toledo, U.S.A. Her research is on diaspora and film, transnational feminisms, globalization and women's studies, and eighteenth-century British literature, gender, and postcolonial discourses.
Josephine Beoku-Bettsis Associate Professor of Women's Studies and Sociology at Florida Atlantic University. She is coeditor of Women and Education in Sub-Saharan Africa (1998). Her research addresses African and Caribbean women in science. She has published in Gender and Society, NWSA Journal, Africa Today, Journal of Technology Transfer, and other journals.
Elora Halim Chowdhury is Assistant Professor of Women's Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. She received her Ph.D. in Women's Studies from Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. Her fields of interest include critical development studies, third world/transnational feminisms, and feminist ethnography. Currently she is working on a book-length project entitled "'Transnationalism Reversed': Development and Women's Activism in Bangladesh."
Kathy L. Glass is Assistant Professor at Duquesne University, where she teaches courses in nineteenth-century African American and American literature. Glass received her Ph.D. in Literature from U.C. San Diego in June 2004. She is currently nearing the completion of her book-length manuscript "Courting Communities: Black Female Nationalism and 'Syncre-nationalism' in the Nineteenth-Century North."
Amy Goodman is the host and executive producer of Democracy Now!—a national, daily, independent, award-winning news program airing on over three hundred stations in North America. She helped launch Pacifica Radio's Democracy Now! in 1996. She is coauthor of the national best-seller The Exception to the Rulers: Exposing Oily Politicians, written with her brother, David Goodman.
Honorée Fanonne Jeffers's latest book is Outlandish Blues (Wesleyan, 2003). Her poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Callaloo, [End Page 224] Kenyon Review, and Prairie Schooner. A native Southerner, she now lives on the prairie, where she is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Oklahoma.
Daphne Lamothe is Assistant Professor in Smith College's Afro-American Studies Department. She has published essays on twentieth-century African American fiction, focusing on the uses of ethnography, performances of cultural memory, and the impact of migration. She is currently completing a book on ethnography and African American literature published between 1900 and 1940.
Wangari Muta Maathai, born 1 April 1940 in Nyeri, Kenya, is an environmental and political activist. In 2004 she became the first African woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for "her contribution to sustainable development, democracy, and peace."
Patricia McFadden was born in Swaziland and has lived and worked in southern Africa for the past thirty years in the anticolonial resistance and the women's movements. She is currently based at the Southern African Political Economy Series Trust (SAPES) in Harare, Zimbabwe, as Researcher/Lecturer. She has taught at various African, European, and American universities, including Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; Warwick, United Kingdom; Cornell University; Five Colleges Women's Studies Program, Mount Holyoke; Syracuse University; and Bochum and Hannover Universities in Germany. She was the editor of the Southern African Feminist Review from 1995 to 2000. She has published in the areas of HIV/AIDS, reproductive health and rights, sexuality, and citizeneship. From August 2005 to June 2006 she will be the visiting Cosby Chair at Spelman College in the Women's Studies Department. Her e-mail address is
Sally E. Mcwilliams is Associate Professor of English and the current Director of Women's Studies at Montclair State University. Her interest in Chinese women's narratives is informed by her teaching experiences in China and her ongoing research on feminist narrative strategies. She is working on a manuscript exploring the issues of nationalism, silence, trauma, gender, and resistance in Vyvyane Loh's Breaking the Tongue.
Wairimũ Ngarũiya Njambi is Assistant Professor of Women's Studies and Sociology at the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, Florida Atlantic University. Her research on Woman-Woman Marriages among G˜īkũ;yũ; women...


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