Daphna Birenbaum-Carmeli is a medical anthropologist in the Faculty of Welfare and Health Sciences at the University of Haifa, Israel. Her research interest is the domain of women’s health, with a focus on issues related to reproduction: new procreative technologies, reproductive policy, and gender power relations. Central to her work is the linking of cultural and political contexts with the lives of individuals, i.e., one’s experience of one’s own body, family, and social surroundings. Dr. Birenbaum-Carmeli has published extensively in professional journals such as Social Science & Medicine, Sociology of Health and Illness, and Science as Culture.
Marcia C. Inhorn is Professor in the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education, School of Public Health, the Program in Women’s Studies, and the Department of Anthropology at the University of Michigan, where she has also directed the Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies. She is President of the Society for Medical Anthropology of the American Anthropological Association, and is also the founding editor of JMEWS. A medical anthropologist specializing in Middle Eastern gender and health issues, Dr. Inhorn has written three books on the social impact of infertility and in vitro fertilization in Egypt. Her recent research in Lebanon, the United Arab Emirates, and Arab America focuses on male infertility, Islamic attitudes toward gamete donation, and reproductive tourism.
Amalia Sa‘ar (Ph.D., Boston University) is a cultural anthropologist. Her ongoing research concerns Israeli Palestinians, with a focus on gender politics and urban conditions. Her current research projects include micro-entrepreneurship among women living in poverty, the influence of war and armed conflict on women in Israel, and generational relations in [End Page 172] Israeli feminism. These latest projects, which are conducted in collaboration with grassroots feminist groups, can also be classified as forms of action research. Dr. Sa‘ar teaches at the University of Haifa.
Ashraf Zahedi is a sociologist and an affiliated scholar with the Beatrice Bean Research Group at the University of California, Berkeley. She has extensive teaching experience and has taught at Boston University, Suffolk University, and Santa Clara University. She has conducted research at many universities including Stanford University’s Institute for Research on Women and Gender. Her research interests include political ideology, social policy, social movements, and transnational feminism. In addition to her academic work, Dr. Zahedi has been involved in social justice work.