Michaelle Browers is an assistant professor of political science at Wake Forest University. Her first book, Democracy and Civil Society in Arab Political Thought: Cross-cultural Possibilities, will be published by Syracuse University Press in 2006.
Abdelkader Cheref is an Algerian academic and a freelance journalist who has been educated in Algeria, the UK and the US. Currently, he is completing his PhD in comparative literature at the University of Exeter (UK). He has been a lecturer of American literature in the Department of English, at the University of Oran, Algeria (1988-2003) and he joined the Faculty of Foreign Languages & Translation at Ajman University (UAE) in September 2003, where he is a lecturer of English. His research interests are primarily in Maghrebi post-colonial literature and human rights issues. His publications are basically concerned with cultural traditions and politics and the intersection of the “national” and the “personal.”
Moha Ennaji is one of Morocco’s leading linguists, with research interests in gender issues, migration, and civil society. With a PhD from the University of Essex in Linguistics and Culture (1982), he is Full Professor at the Faculty of Letters, University of Fez, where he was Chair of the English Department from 1988-1994. He is currently the director of the doctoral program in gender studies, and director of the international journal Languages and Linguistics, published in Morocco since 1998. Dr. Ennaji is the author and/or editor of numerous books and articles on language, culture, education, migration, civil society and gender. His most recent books are Multilingualism, Cultural Identity, and Education in Morocco (2005), A Grammar of Amazigh (2004), co-authored with Fatima Sadiqi, A Grammar of Moroccan Arabic (2004), co-authored, and Société Civile, Genre et Développement (2004, editor).
Valentine Moghadam is with UNESCO in Paris, working as chief of the section on gender equality and development, in the social and human sciences sector. Dr. Moghadam is the author of three books and many articles on the Middle East.
Carol Malt, PhD is a museologist specializing in museums and women’s empowerment in the MENA countries. She is an independent scholar who has been the executive director and curator of three art museums. She is the author of Women’s Voices in Middle East Museums: Case Studies in Jordan and the historical biography The Free Woman. She has received two Fulbright Senior Scholar awards and a fellowship from the Palestinian American Research Center. As an adjunct professor at the University of West Florida, she teaches museology and “Women in the Muslim World.” She is currently conducting research on museums and women of the Maghrib.
Fatima Sadiqi holds a PhD in theoretical lingusitics and is currently a senior professor of linguistics and gender studies at the University of Fes, Morocco. She has written extensively on Moroccan languages and women/gender issues in Morocco, including Grammaire du Berbère (1997) and Women, Gender and Language in Morocco (2003). Fatima Sadiqi has held Fulbright Visiting Scholars at four US universities and has been serving as President Founder of the Centre for Studies and Research on Women, as Director Founder of the ﬁrst graduate unit “Gender Studies,” and as National Coordinator of SafetyNET. She has organized six international conferences and served on a wide variety of national and international committees.
Loubna H. Skalli is a professor in the School of International Service at American University, Washington, DC. Her research and teaching are in the areas of development, communications and culture, with a particular focus on gender in the Middle East and North Africa. She taught at Ibn Tofail University in Morocco between 1987 and 2002; developed and directed the “The Gender and Development Seminar” in the Cross-Cultural Center of Leaning in Rabat, Morocco (1992-2002); and taught Communications and Culture at the Institute of Language and Communication Studies in Rabat (2000-2002). She is the co-author of Vulture Culture: the Politics and Pedagogy of Television Talk Shows (Peter Lang, 2005) and the author of a forthcoming book Through a Local Prism: Gender, Globalization and Identity in Moroccan Women’s Magazines (Rowman and Littleﬁeld, 2006). Her recent publications include articles, book chapters and encyclopedia entries.