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KATIE BATZA is an assistant professor of women, gender, and sexuality studies at the University of Kansas. Her work examines the intersection of sexuality, health, and politics in the United States during the final decades of the twentieth century. She has two book-length projects in progress. Under advance contract with the University of Pennsylvania Press, Before AIDS chronicles the development of a national gay health network in the period immediately before the AIDS epidemic through in-depth analysis of clinics in Chicago, Los Angeles, and Boston as well as national medical professional organizations. Her second project, tentatively titled AIDS in the Heartland, is the first book-length project to examine in depth the complex realities of the early AIDS crisis in the American heartland and illuminate the region’s importance to national AIDS history. She has also contributed chapters to the Routledge History of Queer America and the National Park Service LGBTQ Theme Study.

SHUJI CAO is a professor and chair of the history department, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China. He has published widely in Chinese economic history and Chinese historical migration, population, geography, and diseases. During the last decade, he has been devoted to Mao’s China by examining local gazetteers.

NICOLE EPHGRAVE recently completed her PhD in women’s studies and feminist research at Western University in London, Ontario. Her research focuses on genocide, human rights, and transitional justice from a gendered perspective. She is currently teaching part-time at Trent University.

KATHERINE FRENCH is the J. Frederick Hoffman professor of medieval English history at the University of Michigan. She is the author of many articles and two monographs, The People of the Parish: Community Life in a Late Medieval English Diocese (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2001) and The Good Women of the Parish: Religion and Gender after the Black Death (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008). She is also the co-author with Allyson Poska of Women and Gender in the Western Past (Houghton Mifflin, 2001). Her current research is on how increasing consumption after the Black Death by London’s merchants and artisans shaped their household behavior, gender roles, and social identity. [End Page 166]

OKEZI T. OTOVO is assistant professor of history and African and African diaspora studies at Florida International University. Her research interests include the study of gender, race, public health, and the social history of medicine in modern Brazil. Otovo’s first book Progressive Mothers, Better Babies: Race, Public Health, and the State in Brazil, 1850-1945 will be published by the University of Texas Press in spring of 2016.

JOYCE PETERSON is an associate professor in the history department at Florida International University where she is also an affiliated faculty member in the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies. She teaches twentieth-century U.S. history, women’s history, and history and film. She has published American Automobile Workers, 1900–1933 as well as articles on the life of International Workers of the World activist Matilda Robbins. She is working on a history of the Baby M case to explore issues of changing understandings of gender, family, and motherhood. She is interested in understanding American feminists’ changing analyses of the place of motherhood in women’s lives and in feminist theory.

NADIA RHOOK is a researcher and lecturer at La Trobe University, currently embarking on a new project about the triangular relationship between French Vietnam, Australia, and New Caledonia. Her dissertation, “Speaking in Grids: Race, Law, and Audibility in Late Colonial Victoria,” explored the spatial-linguistic making of race in colonial Melbourne. From her research, she has developed a walking tour of Melbourne titled “Migration and the Private Lives of the Hoddle Grid” and published in the Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History, Transfers, and Postcolonial Studies. She has an interest in intimate, urban, and port spaces and in interlinguistic and interimperial relationships.

YASUKO SATO is an assistant professor of history at Lamar University in Beaumont, TX, where she teaches East Asian history courses and U.S. history surveys. Her major research interests are Japanese intellectual history and feminist thought, matrilineal societies, and the relevance of ancient paradigms in modern times. Her publications include “Takamure Itsue’s Revolt against...


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