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Janet Afary is a native of Iran and an Associate Professor of History and Women’s Studies at Purdue University. Afary is the author of the Iranian Constitutional Revolution, Grassroots Democracy, Social Democracy, and the Origins of Feminism (Columbia University Press, 1996), which was also translated and published in Iran (Bisotoun Press, 2000), and co-author of Seductions of Islamism (forthcoming). Many of her articles and book chapters have also been translated or reprinted in Iran, Japan, Spain, the Netherlands, France, and Britain. She is currently President of the Coordinating Council for Women in History (the American Historical Association).

Michael C. Davis is a Professor of Law and Director of the Graduate Program in Law and Public Affairs at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He has served as the Schell Senior Fellow at the Orville Schell, Jr. Center for International Human Rights at Yale Law School (1994–1995), the Frederick K. Cox Visiting Professor of Human Rights Law at Case Western Reserve University Law School (Fall, 2000) and as a Visiting Scholar at Harvard Law School (2000–2001). He is the Chair of both the Human Rights Research Committee of the International Political Science Association and the Pacific Rim Interest Group of the American Society of International Law.

Todd Howland is the Director of the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Center for Human Rights. The author worked for the Human Rights Division of the peacekeeping and peacebuilding missions of the United Nations in Angola, from August 1998 to November 2001. He served as Officer-in-Charge of the Human Rights Division for the last half of his tenure in Angola.

Matthew Krain is Assistant Professor of Political Science and Chair of the International Relations Program at the College of Wooster. His research examines human rights violations and other large-scale political violence, and the role of the state in causing or preventing conflict and violence. He is the author of Repression and Accommodation in Post-Revolutionary States (St. Martin’s Press, 2000) and co-editor of Globalization and the Challenges of a New Century (Indiana University Press, 2000).

G.W.G. Leane received his B. Econ. (Hons) (Adel.); LL.B., LL.M. (Brit.Col.); LL.M. (Harvard), and is a Senior Lecturer in Law, University of Canterbury, New Zealand.

Ann Elizabeth Mayer earned a Ph.D. in Middle Eastern History from the University of Michigan in 1978; a Certificate in Islamic and Comparative Law from the School of Oriental and African Studies of the University of London in 1977; a J.D. from the Law School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1975; an M.A. in Near Eastern Languages and Literatures (Arabic and Persian) from the University of Michigan in [End Page 216] 1966; and a B.A. in Honors German from the University of Michigan in 1964. She is an Associate Professor of Legal Studies in the Department of Legal Studies at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She has taught as a visitor at Yale University Law School (1997); at Georgetown University (1992); and at Princeton University (1983). Her scholarship centers on Islamic law in contemporary legal systems, comparative law, and international law, with a special focus on human rights in North Africa and the Middle East. Her book Islam and Human Rights. Tradition and Politics (Boulder: Westview, 1999) is now in its third edition.

Mahmood Monshipouri is currently a Visiting Fellow at the Yale Center for International and Area Studies. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Georgia. He is professor and chair of the Political Science Department at Quinnipiac University. He specializes in human rights, democratization, comparative politics, Middle Eastern politics, and Western European politics. He is co-editor of Constructing Human Rights in the Age of Globalization (NY: M.E. Sharpe, 2003). His most recent articles have appeared in International Peacekeeping, Yale Human Rights and Development Law journal, Journal of Church and State, and Middle East Policy.

Anne Nurse is Assistant Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at the College of Wooster. Her research examines the meaning and practice of fatherhood for young men on parole. She also has an interest in social welfare, stratification/inequality, and evaluation research. Her...


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