Nikol G. Alexander-Floyd is an interdisciplinary scholar whose work and teaching integrate the study of politics, law, women's studies, and Black studies. Trained as a lawyer and political scientist, she is currently an assistant professor of women's studies at Virginia Tech in the department of Interdisciplinary Studies, where she teaches courses on race, gender, and the law, black women in the U.S., and feminist theory. Her current research explores the gender politics of contemporary black nationalism and has appeared in such journals as Meridians and the International Journal of Africana Studies. She is cofounder, along with Rose Harris, of the Association for the Study of Black Women in Politics and is currently finishing her first book, In Search of Manhood: Gender, Race, and Nationalism in Contemporary Black Politics.
Anonyma is a writer, essayist, and activist, the author of several nonfiction books, one the winner of a feminist prize, and a holder of NEH and other fellowships. She has written, among other scholarly topics, on the history of sexuality.
Mary Biggs spent the first half of her professional life as an academic librarian and is spending the second half as a professor of English at The College of New Jersey, where several of her courses have been cross-listed with Women's and Gender Studies. She has published widely on a range of subjects, including intellectual freedom, higher education, women in librarianship, women's writing, and the writing and publishing of poetry. She is at work on a book about post-World War II American women poets.
Liza Dale-Hallett is Senior Curator, Sustainable Futures, at Museum Victoria, Australia.
Rhonda Diffey is a fourth-generation farmer in northeastern Victoria, Australia. She completed a BA in Cultural Heritage Studies at Charles Sturt University [End Page 131] in 2002. Since then she has worked in a variety of capacities, including community exhibitions officer at Wangaratta.
Tolla Inbar was born in Germany in 1958. She moved to Israel in 1971. Six years later, she began to study sculpture, experimenting in materials and gradually moving from a realistic and figurative to a more expressive and semi-abstract style. She opened her own gallery and studio with her first one-woman show in 1988. Since then, her work has been widely exhibited in Israel, Germany, France, and the United States. The images of Inbar's work in this issue are courtesy of Seven-O-Seven Contemporary in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Insook Kwon is an assistant professor in the College of Bangmok Basic Studies at Myongji University, South Korea. She received her doctoral degree in women's studies at Clark University. Her research interests are masculinities, women and militarism, and state-centered nationalism. Currently, she is working on a new project regarding military nurses.
Reena Roy moved from Illinois to Lincoln, Nebraska, after her husband's sudden, premature death in 1973 to obtain her doctorate while raising two small children alone. In 1983 she joined the Nebraska State Patrol as a forensic scientist and currently is head of the DNA unit of the St. Louis County Police Crime Laboratory. She has published numerous scientific articles and presented at seminars in the United States, Finland, Spain, Australia, France, and Norway. She has published several short stories and has been a frequent contributor to a national public radio affiliated station.
Evelyn M. Simien is a native of Lake Charles, Louisiana. She obtained her BA from Xavier University of Louisiana, and received her MA and PhD from the department of Political Science at Purdue University. She currently teaches African American politics, black leadership and civil rights, and black feminist politics at the University of Connecticut. Dr. Simien has published articles in such peer-reviewed journals as PS: Political Science and Politics, Social Science Quarterly, the Journal of Black Studies, Women and Politics, and Political Science Quarterly. Her forthcoming book, Black Feminist Voices in Politics, is currently in production with the State University of New York Press. [End Page 132]