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hokulani k. aikau (Kanaka ‘Ōiwi) is associate professor of Native Hawaiian and Indigenous politics in the Department of Political Science at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, where she currently serves as director of the General Education Office. Dr. Aikau is the author of A Chosen People, a Promised Land: Mormonism and Race in Hawai‘i (2012). Her next ethnographic project, funded by uh Sea Gran, is in collaboration with Kāko‘o ‘Ōiwi, a Native Hawaiian nonprofit working to restore wetland taro farming on the windward coast of O‘ahu.

maile arvin is assistant professor of ethnic studies at the University of California, Riverside. She is a Native Hawaiian scholar who writes about Native feminist theories, settler colonialism, decolonization, and race and science in Hawai’i and the broader Pacific. She holds a PhD in ethnic studies from University of California, San Diego. She is part of the Critical Ethnic Studies Association working group and a member of Hinemoana of Turtle Island, a Pacific Islander feminist group of activists, poets, and scholars located in California and Oregon.

maylei blackwell is associate professor in Chicana and Chicano studies and gender studies and affiliated faculty in lgbt studies and American Indian studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her transnational feminist analytics is based on accompanying Indigenous women’s organizers in Mexico, feminist movements, and sexual rights activists throughout Latin American, and farmworker women’s organizing and Indigenous migrant activism in Oaxacalifornia. Her current research focuses on cultural continuity and migrant civil society among Zapotecs and Mixtecs from Oaxaca as well as the increasingly Mayan diaspora from Guatemala in Los Angeles. She is currently [End Page 193] completing a book titled Scales of Resistance: Indigenous Women’s Organizing and Transborder Communities, and with Maria Cotera and Dionne Espinoza she is editing an anthology titled ¡Chicana! New Narratives of Women’s Activism and Feminism in the Chicano Movement Era. Her first book is ¡Chicana Power! Contested Histories of Feminism in the Chicano Movement (2011). Her articles have appeared in the United States, Mexico, and Brazil in journals such as Meridians, Signs, Aztlán, Journal of Latin American Studies, Desacatos, and Revista Estudos Feministas. Maylei is currently the elected representative of the Abya Yala Working Group of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association. Along with Mishuana Goeman and Wendy Teeter at ucla, she directs the Mapping Indigenous Los Angeles Project, a digital story-mapping project under way with Indigenous communities of Los Angeles.

laura briggs is professor and chair of Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is an interdisciplinary scholar whose work deals with reproductive politics in a transnational context, focusing especially on questions of US empire and Latin America. Briggs is the author of Reproducing Empire: Race, Sex, Science and the U.S. Imperial Project in Puerto Rico (2002), coeditor with Diana Marre of International Adoption: Global Inequalities and the Circulation of Children (2009), and, most recently, the author of Somebody’s Children: The Politics of Transracial and Transnational Adoption (2012), winner of the James A. Rawley Prize of the Organization of American Historians.

debjani chakravarty is assistant professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Grand Valley State University; she has previously taught at Arizona State University and the University of Utah. She received her PhD in gender studies from Arizona State University. Her current research focuses on the epistemology of transnational feminisms, the development of feminist discourses, and collaborative epistemic exchange between scholars and activists in/between the global North and South. Her research areas also span feminist epistemology, pedagogy, and methodology; gendered citizenship and nationalisms; and globalization and the new media. She also creates poetry and abstract art as a way to understand and reframe realities.

mignonette chiu teaches at Cornell University in the Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program. She has also taught in wgs departments at Hunter College, Barnard College, and the University of Missouri, where she was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies. She received her PhD in political science from Columbia University and her [End Page 194] ma in international comparative education from Teachers College, Columbia University. She specializes...


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