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Susan F. Hirsch is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Women's Studies at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT. Her primary scholarship is in legal anthropology including an ethnography, Pronouncing and Persevering: Gender and the Discourses of Disputing in an African Islamic Court (Chicago, 1998), which examines the negotiation of family conflict in Muslim courts on Kenya's Swahili coast, and a co-edited volume, Contested States: Law, Hegemony and Resistance (Routledge, 1994). As a Fulbright Lecturer at the University of Dar es Salaam, she conducted research on law reform and gender. She is currently working on a book on the bombings in 1998 of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.

Dorothy L. Hodgson is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, where she is also an active member of the Center for African Studies and Women's and Gender Studies Department. She is the author of Once Intrepid Warriors: Gender, Ethnicity and the Cultural Politics of Maasai Development (Indiana, 2001), editor of Gendered Modernities: Ethnographic Perspectives (Palgrave, 2001) and Rethinking Pastoralism in Africa: Gender, Culture and the Myth of the Patriarchal Pastoralist (James Currey and Ohio, 2000), and co-editor of "Wicked" Women and the Reconfiguration of Africa (Heinemann, 2001). Her current projects include completing a book manuscript on gender, power and the missionary encounter in Tanzania, studying the indigenous rights movement in Tanzania and Senegal.

Lynn S. Khadiagala is Visiting Assistant Professor of Government at the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia. She received her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1999. She has published articles on decentralization and popular justice in Uganda in Development and Change and judicial doctrine in the Journal of African Law. She is working on a book manuscript on women's property rights in Uganda.

Laurel L. Rose divides her time between Pittsburgh where she teaches conflict studies and environmental ethics in the Philosophy Department of Carnegie Mellon University and several overseas locations where she is conducting legal-anthropological research (Rwanda), teaching anthropology (China), and training land officers from all continents in conflict resolution (Taiwan). She received a M.S. in Criminal Justice (Northeastern University, 1980), a M.A. in Ethnology, Law, and Psychology (University [End Page 171] of Muenster, Germany, 1982), and a M.A./Ph.D. in Anthropology (University of California-Berkeley, 1983/1988). She is the author of The Politics of Harmony: Land Dispute Strategies in Swaziland (Cambridge University Press, 1992) and numerous essays and articles on women and the law, cross-cultural studies of conflict, and post-war legal reconstruction. Her current research interest involves customary land and natural resource law, particularly as concerns post-conflict societies.

Loveness H. Schafer is Assistant Director of International Services at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge. She received her law degree (L.L.B.) from the University of Malawi, Chancellor College, in 1991. She received her Master' s in Comparative Law from Indiana University, Bloomington, in 1994. She worked as Assistant Legal Officer for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees branch office in Malawi from 1997 to 1999. In her current position she facilitates employment based immigration at LSU.

Linda Semu is a Doctoral Candidate in Sociology at Indiana University Bloomington. Her minor is in African Studies and she has research interests in: international development, gender studies, social change, family, land and social policy. She is currently conducting her dissertation research in Malawi on: "The Interplay of State, Family Structure and Land: A Study on Women and Children' s Well-Being in Matrilineal Households in Southern Malawi" with funding from the Population Council. Prior to joining the graduate program in Bloomington, she was lecturer in Sociology at the University of Malawi, Chancellor College, where she also coordinated and taught in the Master of Arts degree in the Sociology (Women in Development) Program. She is a researcher and an activist on gender issues in Malawi.

Beverly J. Stoeltje is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Indiana University. Her major interests include gender in Africa; Asante queen mothers and chieftaincy in Ghana; ritual, festival, and politics; legal pluralism; and narrative and performance. She received her Ph.D. from the University of...


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