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Elizabeth M. Bucar holds a PhD in religious ethics from the University of Chicago Divinity School. Her research and writing focus on the production of ethical knowledge within two religious traditions: Roman Catholicism and Shi‘a Islam. Bucar is currently Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she teaches courses on Islam, gender, and ethics. She has published a number of peer-reviewed journal articles on gender and religious ethics. Her first monograph, Creative Conformity: The Tactics of Feminist Politics of American Catholic and Iranian Shi‘a Women, is under contract at Georgetown University Press. Bucar has begun work on a new project comparing ethics of transsexuality tentatively titled “The Good of Ambiguous Bodies.”

L. Juliana M. Claassens is Associate Professor of Old Testament, Department of Old and New Testament, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. Her book The God Who Provides: Biblical Images of Divine Nourishment was published with Abingdon Press (2004). Until 2008, she was Associate Professor of Old Testament at Baptist Theological Seminary in Richmond, Virginia. She holds a PhD in Old Testament from Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, New Jersey.

Miriam Robbins Dexter holds a BA in Classics and a PhD in ancient Indo-European languages and linguistics, both from UCLA. Her doctoral dissertation, Indo-European Female Figures,” along with comparative mythology courses she has taught and is still teaching at UCLA, evolved into her book Whence the Goddesses: A Source Book. Her latest book, Sacred Display: Divine and Magical Female Figures of Eurasia, is coedited with Victor H. Mair (2010). She is the author of over twenty scholarly articles and nine encyclopedia articles on ancient female figures, and she has edited and coedited sixteen scholarly volumes; she edited and supplemented Marija Gimbutas’s The Living Goddesses (1999). She has also taught courses in Latin, Greek, and Sanskrit language and literature.

Lisa Dordal received her MDiv from Vanderbilt Divinity School in 2005, and is currently enrolled in Vanderbilt’s MFA program for Creative Writing. Her [End Page 161] writing has appeared in Alive Now, Theology Today (online), Bridges: A Jewish Feminist Journal, and Dog Blessings: Poems, Prose, and Prayers Celebrating Our Relationship with Dogs (an anthology from New World Library, 2008).

Molly Farneth is a doctoral student at Princeton University in the Religion, Ethics, and Politics subfield. She holds an AB from Bowdoin College (2003) and an MTS from Harvard Divinity School (2007). Her research interests include postfoundationalist ethics, pluralism, and contemporary democratic theory.

Susan McCaslin (PhD, University of British Columbia) is a full-time, prizewinning poet with twelve published volumes of poetry who taught English at Douglas College in New Westminster, B.C., for twenty-three years. Her most recent volume is Lifting the Stone (2007). She has edited two anthologies and is on the editorial board of Event. Her work recently appeared in the West Coast anthology Rocksalt. Susan lives in Fort Langley, British Columbia, where she is working on a book on the poetics of mystical experience. More information: .

Rachel Muers is Senior Lecturer in Christian Studies at the University of Leeds, having previously taught at the University of Exeter and held the Margaret Smith Research Fellowship at Girton College, Cambridge. She is the author of Keeping God’s Silence: Towards a Theological Ethics of Communication (2004); Living for the Future: Theological Ethics for Coming Generations (2008); and (with David Grumett) Theology on the Menu: Asceticism, Meat, and Christian Diet (2010).

Vivian-Lee Nyitray chairs the Department of Religious Studies at the University of California, Riverside. Her work focuses on feminist studies of Confucianism, the cult of the sea goddess Mazu, and the overlooked and often ephemeral materiality of women’s religious lives.

Irene Oh is an assistant professor of Religion and director of Peace Studies at The George Washington University. Her research focuses upon questions of universal values and human rights in Islam and Christianity. She is the author of The Rights of God: Islam, Human Rights, and Comparative Ethics (2007), which examines a range of twentieth-century Muslim thinkers’ views on democracy, toleration, and freedom of conscience. Irene is currently working on a book-length project, “An Ethic of Motherhood...


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