Jennifer E. Coffman is the Associate Executive Director of James Madison University's Office of International Programs. She received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Based on her research in southern Kenya, she has also published on community-based wildlife resource management among self-identifying Maasai, wildlife conservation policy, and study abroad in Africa.
Ylva Hernlund received her Ph.D. in sociocultural anthropology from the University of Washington, where she is currently a post-doctoral research associate involved in a three-year study on decision making around female genital cutting in Senegal and The Gambia. She is the co-editor of Female 'Circumcision' in Africa: Culture, Controversy and Change (Lynn Reinner, 2000) and Transcultural Bodies: Female Genital Cutting in Global Context (Rutgers University Press, in press).
Harriet D. Lyons is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. She received her D. Phil. from Oxford University in 1978. She is the co-author, with Andrew P. Lyons, of Irregular Connections: A History of Anthropology and Sexuality (University of Nebraska Press, 2004). She is the co-editor, with Audrey Wipper, of a special issue on Women in Africa of the Canadian Journal of African Studies (1988:3). She has published articles on mass communications in Nigeria and on sexuality and women's issues in Africa and elsewhere, including the article "Anthropologists, Moralities, and Relativities: the Problem of Genital Mutilations" in The Canadian Review of Sociology and Anthropology, 18 (4): 499-518.
Mwenda Ntarangwi is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois. He received his Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1998. His book Gender, Identity, and Performance: Understanding Swahili Cultural Realities through Song by Africa World Press, analyzes the role of performance in constructing and (re)constructing gendered identities among the Muslim Swahili of Mombasa, Kenya. He has also co-edited a volume with David Mills and Mustafa Babiker entitled African Anthropologies: History, Practice and Critique published by Zed Books in collaboration with CODESRIA. His research broadly concentrates on cross-cultural encounters and has included such areas as gender and the politics of identity; the practice and teaching of anthropology in Africa; popular music, youth, and emergent identities; and study abroad as cultural critique. [End Page 129]
Miroslava Prazak is a Professor of Anthropology at Bennington College. She has conducted research in southwestern Kenya at intervals over the past 21 years. Her work has focused on a number of aspects of economic development and cultural change, education, globalization, inequality, especially gender and age based hierarchies, sexuality, reproduction and family formation, and the impact of the HIV/AIDS pandemic on rural communities. Her work has been published in Africa Today, Journal of African Cultural Studies, Anthropology of Work Review, African Studies Review, and in two edited volumes: African Families at the Turn of the 21st Century and Africa Today: A Multidisciplinary Snapshot of the Continent in 1995. She is currently working on a monograph on genital cutting, provisionally titled A Cut Above: Negotiating Identity in Rural East Africa.
Bettina Shell-Duncan is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Washington. She is the principle investigator for an NSF and WHO sponsored three-year study on decision making around female genital cutting in Senegal and The Gambia. She is co-editor of Female 'Circumcision' in Africa: Culture, Controversy and Change (Lynn Rienner, 2000) and Transcultural Bodies: Female Genital Cutting in Global Context (Rutgers University Press, in press). [End Page 130]