Delia D. Aguilar held tenured appointments in women's and ethnic studies at Bowling Green State University and Washington State University, was Irwin Chair of women's studies at Hamilton College (2008-9), and is adjunct faculty at the University of Connecticut. She has a history of engagement with the women's movements in the Philippines and the United States, a history that informs her work.
Amal Amireh is an associate professor of postcolonial literature at George Mason University, Fairfax. She was born and raised in the West Bank, under Israeli military occupation. She received her BA in English Literature from Birzeit University and her PhD in English and American Literature from Boston University. She is author of The Factory Girl and the Seamstress: Imagining Gender and Class in Nineteenth-Century American Fiction (Garland, 2000), and she is coeditor of Going Global: The Transnational Reception of Third World Women Writers (Garland, 2000) and Etel Adnan: Critical Essays on the Arab-American Writer and Artist (McFarland, 2002). Her essay "Between Complicity and Subversion: Body Politics in the Palestinian National Narrative" (South Atlantic Quarterly 102 : 745-70) won the 2004 Florence Howe Award for best article written from a feminist perspective. She is also the author of "Improvisations: Arab Woman Progressive Voice," a blog about Arab women, Palestine, and cultural politics, a forum she uses to bridge her academic and activist interests. Her current research focuses on Palestinian literature, gender, sexuality, nationalism, and Islam and Arabic literature in postcolonial contexts.
Mary-Jane Deeb is Chief of the African and Middle Eastern Division at the Library of Congress. She has served as the editor of The Middle East Journal and taught at Georgetown University and American University in Washington, D.C., where she was director of the Omani Program. Deeb is the coauthor with Marius Deeb of Libya since the Revolution: Aspects of Social and Political Development (Praeger, 1982), the author of Libya's Foreign Policy in North Africa (Westview Press, l991), and coeditor with Mary E. King of Hasib Sabbagh: From Palestinian Refugee to Citizen of the World (University Press of America, 1996). She has written over one hundred and fifty articles, book chapters, and book reviews, for numerous publications including Current History, The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, International Journal of Middle East Studies, Muslim World, Mediterranean Quarterly, The Library of Congress Information Bulletin, and in a number of encyclopedias such as Encyclopedia Britannica, and Encyclopedia Americana.
Anna Dempsey is an associate professor of art history at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. She has published articles on cinematic public space, architecture, and culture in the former East Germany; gender, borders, and place in American cinema; and architecture, gender, and gentrification in Berlin. Her article "Women's Stories and Public Spaces in Iranian Film" will appear soon in a volume titled Storytelling in World Cinemas, edited by Lina Khatib (Columbia University Press, 2012). She is currently writing a book titled "Working Women Artists: Images of Domesticity and the Construction of American Modernism, 1880-1930."
Yasemin Gencer is a PhD candidate in the Department of Art History at Indiana University, Bloomington. Gencer is the author of "Ibrahim Müteferrika and the Age of the Printed Manuscript," in The Islamic Manuscript Tradition: Ten Centuries of Book Arts in Indiana University Collections, ed. Christiane Gruber (Indiana University Press, 2009). She is currently conducting research for her dissertation, titled "Delivering the Satirical Punch: Reform, Secularism, and Nationalism in Cartoons of the Early Republican Period in Turkey (1923-1928)." [End Page 462]
Christiane Gruber is an associate professor of Islamic art at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her primary field of research is Islamic book arts, paintings of the Prophet Muhammad, and ascension tales and images. She is the author of The Timurid Book of Ascension (Patrimonio Ediciones, 2008) and The Ilkhanid Book of Ascension (Tauris Academic Studies, 2010), and she has edited several volumes of articles on Islamic book arts and Islamic ascension tales. Her other field of specialization is modern Islamic visual culture and postrevolutionary Iranian visual and material culture, about which she has written several articles. With Sune Haugbolle, she recently edited a volume of articles...