Mohammad Jalal Abbasi-Shavazi is Associate Professor in the Department of Demography, University of Tehran, and Adjunct Fellow in the Australian Demographic and Social Research Institute at the Australian National University. He headed the Department of Demography at the University of Tehran from 2002 to 2006, and has been a member of the Executive Council of the Population Association of Iran since 2001. His research focuses primarily on Iran’s fertility transition. He organized panels on social aspects of gamete donation and surrogacy at two recent conferences sponsored by the Avesina Research Institute in Tehran, and has published papers on infertility and gamete donation in Iran.
Marcia C. Inhorn is Professor in the School of Public Health, the Department of Anthropology, the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and the Program in Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan, where she served as Director of the Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies from 2003 to 2006. She is past-president of the Society for Medical Anthropology of the American Anthropological Association, and founding editor of the Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies. A medical anthropologist specializing in Middle Eastern gender and health issues, Dr. Inhorn has conducted Fulbright and National Science Foundation–funded research on the social impact of infertility, assisted reproductive technologies, and fertility tourism in Egypt, Lebanon, the United Arab Emirates, and Arab America over the past 20 years. She has held visiting faculty appointments at the American University of Beirut (2003) and the American University of Sharjah (2007).
Sarah A. Kaiksow’s interests in the Middle East revolve around questions of gender, law and society, modernity, and postcoloniality. She is currently a graduate student at the Center for Contemporary Arab [End Page 118] Studies, Georgetown University, where she is the recipient of a Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship. She previously completed a Master of Studies degree in Legal Research at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, Balliol College, Oxford University, for which she conducted research on the women’s movement for Muslim family law reform in Bahrain.
Hajiieh Bibi Razeghi-Nasrabad is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Demography at the University of Tehran. Her Master’s thesis focused on social, economic, and demographic aspects of infertility among women in Tehran. She has been employed at the Avesina Research Institute, a reproductive health research center associated with a major infertility treatment clinic in Tehran. She recently coauthored two papers on infertility in Iran.
Sophie Richter-Devroe is a Ph.D. student at the Institute of Arabic and Islamic Studies, Exeter University, with a broad research interest in women’s activism in the Arab world and Iran. Her dissertation research focuses on gender and conflict transformation in the Palestinian Occupied Territories. She is an advanced student of the Arabic and Persian languages and has published translations and reviews of Arabic literary works as well as scholarly articles on Palestinian and Iranian women’s activism.
Ghasem Toloo is currently a Research Fellow in the Social Research Centre at the University of Queensland, Australia. Previously he was Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at Shahid Beheshti University in Tehran, and Lecturer at the School of Social Science, University of Queensland. Dr. Toloo’s teaching and research interests include the sociology of health and medicine, in particular, sociocultural aspects of health risk behaviors and health communication; research methodology; and the sociology of science in Iran. [End Page 119]