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Gaye M. Bammert is a Lecturer in the Communication and Journalism Department at Seattle University. She teaches a range of courses: Rhetorical Theory, Persuasion, Persuasive Writing, Rhetoric of American Feminism, Communication and Social Change, and Communications Rights and the Law. She earned her PhD in rhetorical studies through Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. She lives with her husband and son in Seattle, Washington. []

Julia Watts Belser is Assistant Professor in the Religious Studies department at Missouri State University. She studies Jewish culture in late antiquity, with a particular focus on rabbinic literature and Talmud. She brings feminist perspectives, queer studies, and disability studies to the study of late ancient texts and contemporary culture. Her current work centers on rabbinic ecological thought and its implications for Jewish theology and practice. She received her PhD from the Joint Program in Jewish Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, and the Graduate Theological Union, and rabbinic ordination from the Academy of Jewish Religion California. []

Sharon V. Betcher is Associate Professor of Theology at Vancouver School of Theology. A constructive theologian working with pneumatological dimensions, she has authored Spirit and the Politics of Disablement (2007) as well as essays on ecological, postcolonial, and disabilities theologies within multiple anthologies. Her current manuscript project considers theological responses—worked through the lenses of disabilities studies—to the emergence of global cities. []

Deborah Beth Creamer received her PhD in Theology, Philosophy, and Cultural Theory from the University of Denver and Iliff School of Theology. She currently serves Iliff as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Director of Library and Information Services. She is the author of Disability and Christian Theology: Embodied Limits and Constructive Possibilities (2009) as well as numerous articles and presentations on disability in theology and ethics. She chairs the Religion and Disability Studies Group of the American Academy of Religion and is associate editor for the Journal of Religion, Disability, and Health. Her teaching [End Page 175] and research interests also include contextual theologies, integrative pedagogy, and the impact of technology on theological education. []

Shannon Dunn is a PhD candidate in religion at Florida State University, working in the area of comparative Christian and Islamic ethics. Her research addresses constructions of gender and violence in moral discourse, and in particular she is interested in matters of textual interpretation and appropriation. []

Rebecca Gayle Howell is a writer and documentary artist. She is the author of The Hatchet Buddha (2007) and was the photographer for Arwen Donahue's This Is Home Now: Kentucky's Holocaust Survivors Speak (2009). Her documentary work on Eastern Kentucky's coal communities has been collected in Plundering Appalachia (2009) and The Artist as Activist in Appalachia (University of North Georgia Press), and her poems and essays have been widely published in journals. []

Mary E. Hunt (PhD) is a feminist theologian who is cofounder and codirector of the Women's Alliance for Theology, Ethics, and Ritual (WATER) in Silver Spring, Maryland, USA. A Catholic active in the women-church movement, she lectures and writes on theology and ethics with particular attention to liberation issues. She is the editor of A Guide for Women in Religion: Making Your Way from A to Z (Palgrave, 2004) and coeditor with Diann L. Neu of New Feminist Christianity: Many Voices, Many Views (SkyLight Paths, 2010).

Ronit Irshai (PhD) teaches at Bar Ilan University and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her fields of research are Jewish law and gender analysis, the philosophy of Jewish law, and Jewish bioethics. For the academic year 2007–2008 she was a visiting scholar at the Women's Studies in Religion Program at Harvard Divinity School. Her book, which deals with issues of fertility, gender, and halakhah, is forthcoming from Brandeis University Press. Among the courses she teaches are Feminist Jurisprudence Encounters Halakhah; Challenge of Feminism to Jewish Theology and Halakhah; and Fertility Issues in Jewish Law—A Gender Analysis. []

Rosemary B. Kellison is a PhD student in religion at Florida State University, where she studies religious ethics, including Islamic ethics. Her research includes the areas of religion...


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