Robert J. Baird is an independent scholar writing in the areas of religion and culture. His book, Inventing Religion in the Western Imaginary (Princeton University Press, forthcoming), analyzes the cultural forces behind the construction of the modern category of “religion.” He is currently president of the National Faculty of Humanities, Arts, and Sciences in Atlanta.
Janet R. Jakobsen is the director of the Center for Research on Women at Barnard College. She is the author of Working Alliances and the Politics of Difference: Diversity and Feminist Ethics (Indiana University Press, 1998). She is coauthor, with Ann Pellegrini, of Love the Sin: Sexual Regulation and the Limits of Religious Tolerance (New York University Press, forthcoming). Her current book project is titled “The Value of Freedom: Sex, Religion, and America in a Global Economy.”
Aamir R. Mufti teaches English and comparative literature at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is the coeditor of Dangerous Liaisons: Gender, Nation, and Postcolonial Perspectives (University of Minnesota Press, 1997) and the author of Enlightenment in the Colony: The Jewish Question and Dilemmas in Postcolonial Culture (Princeton University Press, forthcoming).
Afsaneh Najmabadi is a professor of women’s studies at Barnard College. Her book, The Story of Daughters of Quchan: Gender and National Memory in Iranian History, is forthcoming from Syracuse University Press. She also writes on contemporary issues of feminism in Iran and is currently working on a book-length manuscript titled “Male Lions and Female Suns: The Gendered Tropes of Iranian Modernity.”
Geeta Patel is an assistant professor of women’s studies at Wellesley College. Her book, Lyrical Movements, Historical Hauntings: Gender, Colonialism, and Desire in Miraji’s Urdu Poetry (Stanford University Press, forthcoming), focuses on a renegade writer, Miraji, and reads gender and sexuality in twentieth-century Urdu poetic movements.
Ann Pellegrini is an associate professor of women’s studies at Barnard College. She is the author of Performance Anxieties: [End Page i] Staging Psychoanalysis, Staging Race (Routledge, 1997) and coauthor, with Janet R. Jakobsen, of Love the Sin: Sexual Regulation and the Limits of Religious Tolerance (New York University Press, forthcoming). She is currently completing a new project on narcissism and national belonging, tentatively titled “Excess.”
Ranu Samantrai is an assistant professor of cultural studies at Claremont Graduate University. She is the author of a study on black British feminism, AlterNatives: Feminism in Postimperial England (forthcoming).
Banu Subramaniam is an assistant research professor in the departments of women’s studies and ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Arizona. She is coeditor of A New Generation of Feminist Science Studies (Routledge, forthcoming). She works on the intersections of gender, race, and science and has published articles in journals such as Feminist Teacher, Feminist Studies, and Women’s Studies Quarterly.