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Denise Roth Allen is a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Anthropological Demography at the Office of Population Research, Princeton University. She received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1996. Upon completing her doctoral studies, she worked in the Division of Family and Reproductive Health at the World Health Organization as a University of Michigan Population Fellow. Her forthcoming book, Managing Motherhood, Managing Risk: Fertility and Danger in West Central Tanzania, which will be published by the University of Michigan Press, explores the cultural construction of maternal health risk at the international, national, and local levels. She has also contributed chapters to two forthcoming edited collections: Women and Infertility in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Multi-Disciplinary Perspective, edited by T. Boerma and Z. Mgalla, to be published by the Royal Tropical Institute, and Social Categories in Population Studies, edited by S. Szreter, A. Dharmalingam, and H. Sholkamy, to be published by Oxford University Press.

Paula Jean Davis is Adjunct Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Brown University and Lecturer in Anthropology at Tufts University. She received her Ph.D. in Anthropology and Population Dynamics from Johns Hopkins University in 1998. Her research interests include cultural constructions of motherhood and sexuality in postcolonial Uganda, the political economy of mothering among urban women traders, and the cultural meanings of urban market space in Kampala. She is currently working on a manuscript on the cultural practices of market trading in Kampala, an environment permeated by what Mamdani calls "the legacy of magendo" [black market trading].

Elise C. Levin is a Ph.D. candidate in Anthropology at Northwestern University. Her research interests include women's childbearing decisions in West Africa, pregnancy avoidance practices, and the social construction of fertility. She has several book chapters in press, including, "The Meaning of Menstrual Management in a High Fertility Society: Guinea, West Africa," in Ambiguous Intentions:The Means and Meanings of Regulating Menstruation (University of Chicago Press, forthcoming).

Miroslava Prazak is a professor of Anthropology at Bennington College. She received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from Yale University with a thesis titled "Cultural Expressions of Socioeconomic Differentiation among the Kuria of Kenya." She is co-editing a volume with Chacha Nyaigotti- [End Page 207] Chacha entitled Family Values: Continuity and Change in Domestic Groups in Bukuria, and has published several journal articles and chapters on family, demography, adolescence, gender, education, and economy. She is currently working on a manuscript depicting the historical development of Kuria society and culture through the life experiences of one woman and her family. Her longitudinal research on inequality in rural East Africa now spans 16 years.

Elisha P. Renne is Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology and the Center for Afroamerican and African studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She has conducted research in several parts of Nigeria, including the Niger Delta area, the Confl uence area, Ekiti State, and Northern Nigeria. Her current work focuses on health and development issues and has been published in Africa, Economic Development and Cultural Change, Man, Population and Development Review, and Social Science & Medicine. She has also co-edited two volumes, Ambiguous Intentions: The Means and Meanings of Regulating Menstruation and Population and Development: Issues and Debates, both forthcoming.

Daniel Jordan Smith is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Population Studies and Training Center at Brown University. He received his Ph.D. in Anthropology from Emory University in 1999 and his M.P.H. from Johns Hopkins University in 1989. His current research examines the role of kinship networks in rural-urban migration and fertility processes among Igbo-speaking people in Nigeria.

Kearsley A. Stewart is Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Northwestern University. She is also a Medical Anthropologist consultant for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia where she studies patient adherence to HIV/AIDS antiretroviral drug therapies. She received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Florida in 2000. Recent publications include "Confronting Stereotypes about HIV/AIDS and Africans" in Great Ideas for Teaching about Africa, edited by Misty Bastian and Jane Parpart (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 1999), a CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title for Education, 1999. Currently she is...


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