Mervat F. Hatem is a Professor in the Department of Political Science at Howard University. Her areas of interest include women and politics, gender studies, women in Egypt and the Arab world, and the political economy of development. Hatem is the author of Literature, Gender and Nation-Building in Nineteenth Century Egypt, the Life and Works of 'A'isha Taymur (1840-1902) (Palgrave-McMillan, forthcoming). She is also the editor of Arabic reader entitled Nahu Dirasat al-Nu'wa al-Ulum al-Siyassiya [Gender and Political Science] (Women and Memory Forum, 2010). Hatem has published articles in numerous journals, including Comparative Studies in Society and History, International Journal of Middle East Studies, Middle East Journal, Middle East Report, Arab Studies Journal, Feminist Studies, Feminist Issues, Women's Studies International Forum, Hawwa: Journal of Women in the Middle East and Islamic Societies, and MIT Electronic Journal of Middle East Studies. She previously published an article entitled "In the Shadow of the State: Changing Definitions of Arab Women's 'Developmental' Citizenship Rights" in the first volume of the Journal of Middle East Women's Studies. Hatem received her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.
Petra Kuppinger is a Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Monmouth College. Her research interests include topics of cities, spaces, colonialism, and popular culture in the Middle East, in particular, Cairo. She also works on space, culture and Islam in Germany. Her recent publications include "Factories, Office Suites, Defunct and Marginal Spaces: Mosques in Stuttgart, Germany" in Reshaping Cities: How Global Mobility Transforms Architecture and Urban Form, edited by Michael Guggenheim and Ola Söderström (Taylor and Francis, 2009), "Barbie, Razanne, and Fulla: A Global Tale of Culture, [End Page 126] Economy and Religion" in Muslim Societies in the Age of Mass Consumption, edited by Johanna Pink (Cambridge Scholars, 2009), "Pyramids and Alleys: Global Dynamics and Local Strategies in Giza" in Cairo Cosmopolitan: Politics, Culture, and Urban Structure in the New Globalized Middle East, edited by Diane Singerman and Paul Amar (American University in Cairo Press, 2006), and "Globalization and Exterritoriality in Metropolitan Cairo" in The Geographical Review. She is editor of the journal City & Society.
Smadar Lavie specializes in the anthropology of Egypt, Israel, and Palestine, with emphasis on issues of race, gender, and religion. She published her book The Poetics of Military Occupation (University of California Press, 1990) on resistance theatre of the Mzeina Bedouin of the South Sinai, Egypt. The book won the 1990 Honorable Mention of the Victor Turner Award for Ethnographic Writing. Lavie also co-edited Displacement, Diaspora and Geographies of Identity (Duke University Press, 1996) and Creativity/Anthropology (Cornell University Press, 1993). She was awarded the 2009 Gloria Anzaldúa Prize from the American Studies Association for her paper entitled "Staying Put: Crossing the Palestine/Israel Border with Gloria Anzaldúa." Lavie has served in several feminist and anti-racist social movements and NGOs. She received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of California at Berkeley. [End Page 127]