Marcia C. Inhorn is Founding Editor of the Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies. At Yale University, she is the William K. Lanman Jr. Professor of Anthropology and International Affairs in the Department of Anthropology and The Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies, where she has served as Chair of the Council on Middle East Studies. A specialist on Middle Eastern gender, religion, and health, Inhorn has conducted research on the social impact of infertility and assisted reproductive technologies in Egypt, Lebanon, the United Arab Emirates, and Arab America over the past thirty years. She is the author of four award-winning books on the subject, including her most recent, The New Arab Man: Emergent Masculinities, Technologies, and Islam in the Middle East (Princeton University Press, 2012). Her newest book, Cosmopolitan Conceptions: IVF Sojourns in Global Dubai, is forthcoming from Duke University Press. Inhorn is also the editor or co-editor of nine volumes, including Globalized Fatherhood (Berghahn, 2014), Medical Anthropology at the Intersections: Histories, Activisms, and Futures (Duke University Press, 2012), and Islam and Assisted Reproductive Technologies: Sunni and Shia Perspectives (Berghahn, 2012). She has been a visiting faculty member at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon, and the American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, and was the inaugural Diane Middlebrook and Carl Djerassi Visiting Professor at the Centre for Gender Studies at the University of Cambridge. Inhorn has served on the Board of Directors of the Middle East Studies Association, and received the 2013 Middle East Distinguished Scholar Award given by the Middle East Section of the American Anthropological Association. Inhorn received her Ph.D. in Medical Anthropology from the University of California at Berkeley. [End Page 140]
Sondra Hale is Research Professor and Professor Emerita of Anthropology and Gender Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and former co-editor of the Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies. She has co-directed UCLA’s Center for Near Eastern Studies; co-chaired Islamic Studies; chaired UCLA’s Gender Studies Department, and directed two other Women’s Studies programs in the California State University system. She has also taught at the University of Khartoum (Sudan), and California Institute of the Arts. Hale is the author of Gender Politics in Sudan: Islamism, Socialism, and the State (1996, translated into Arabic in 2011) and many articles and book chapters on the topics of gendered war, conflict, and genocide; social movements; international gender studies; gender and citizenship; diaspora studies; cultural studies; and boycotts and academic freedom. Her regional interests are in the Middle East and Africa, focusing mainly on Sudan and Eritrea. Her co-edited volume, Sudan’s Killing Fields, is forthcoming in 2014. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including a Life-Time Scholarly Achievement Award from the Association for Middle East Women’s Studies; an award “In Recognition and Appreciation of Her 50 Years of Commitment and Valuable Contributions in Support of the Sudanese Women’s Movement” from Salmmah Women’s Resource Center (Khartoum, Sudan); and a “Life-Time of Distinguished Scholarship” award from the Sudan Studies Association. Hale received her Ph.D. in Anthropology, M.A. in African Studies, and B.A. in English Literature from UCLA. In Winter 2014 (Volume 10, Number 1), JMEWS published a special issue, entitled “Scholar, Mentor, Activist: Sondra Hale’s Transnational Feminist Commitments,” in Hale’s honor.
Nazanin Shahrokni is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies, where she is revising her book manuscript entitled The State and the Paradox of Gender Segregation in Iran. For the 2014–15 academic year, Shahrokni will be joining the American University of Beirut as the Whittlesey Chair and Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology. Shahrokni is interested in studying the power dynamics around the production of gendered city spaces. Her work has been acknowledged by scholarships from the American Association for University Women and the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Women’s Studies Program. She has published articles in the Journal of Contemporary [End Page 141] Ethnography, Current Sociology, and the Middle East Report. Since 2007, Shahrokni has served as a Middle East Representatives on the Board of the Research Committee for...