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Joseph, Suad

SUAD JOSEPH

University of California, Davis

General Editor

Suad Joseph is Professor of Anthropology and Women and Gender Studies at the University of California, Davis. Her research has focused on her native Lebanon, on the politicization of religion, on women in local communities, on women, family and state, and on questions of self, citizenship, and rights. Her current research is a long-term longitudinal study on how children in a village of Lebanon learn their notions of rights, responsibilities and citizenship in the aftermath of the Civil War and on their transnational families who have moved to the United States and Canada.

She is Founding Director of the Middle East/South Asia Studies Program. She is founder and facilitator of the Arab Families Working Group (AFWG), a group of 16 scholars undertaking comparative, interdisciplinary research on Arab families in Palestine, Lebanon, Egypt and the United States. AFWG is completing Volume II of the AFWG series. She is founder of the Association for Middle East Women's Studies (AMEWS) and co-founder of AMEW's Journal for Middle East Women's Studies (JMEWS) published by Indiana University Press. She is also founder and facilitator for the American University of Beirut, the American University in Cairo, the Lebanese American University, the University of California and Birzeit University Collaborative Initiative. She serves as the President of the Middle East Studies Association of North America, 2010-2011.

She is General Editor of the Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures. Her edited books include Gender and Citizenship in the Middle East (Syracuse, 2000), and Intimate Selving in Arab Families (Syracuse, 1999). Her co-edited books include: Building Citizenship in Lebanon (Lebanese American University, 1999); Women and Citizenship in Lebanon (1999) and Women and Power in the Middle East (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2001).

 

Najmabadi, Afsaneh

AFSANEH NAJMABIDI

Harvard University

Online Editor

Born in Iran, Afsaneh Najmabadi came to Radcliffe College from Tehran University in 1966. With initial B.A. (Radcliffe 1968) and M.A. (Harvard 1970) degrees in physics, she later pursued social studies, combining academic interests with her engagement in social activism, first in the U.S. and then in Iran. She completed her Ph.D. (1984) in Sociology at the University of Manchester (U.K.).

She has recently completed a manuscript Women with Mustaches and Men without Beards: Gender and Sexual Anxieties of Iranian Modernity (University of California Press, 2005), a study of cultural transformations in 19th-century Iran centered on reconfigurations of gender and sexuality, and is working on two new projects, “How an Aqa became an Agha: women’s sociality and sexuality in Qajar Iran,” and "Genealogies of Iranian Feminism."

Najmabadi's previous publications in English include The Story of Daughters of Quchan: Gender and National Memory in Iranian History (Syracuse University Press, 1998), and Women Autobiographies in Contemporary Iran, editor and contributor (Harvard University Press, 1991).

She has been a fellow at Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton (1994-95), Harvard Divinity School, Women's Studies in Religion Program (1988-1989), Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women, Brown University (1988-1989), and Nemazee Fellow at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University (1984-85). After nine years at the Department of Women's Studies, Barnard College, in July 2001 Najmabdi joined Harvard University as Professor of History and of Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality. She currently chairs the Committee on Degrees in Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality.

 

Shami, Seteney

SETENEY SHAMI

Social Science Research Council

Online Editor

Seteney Shami is an anthropologist from Jordan with degrees from the American University in Beirut and the University of California, Berkeley. After teaching and setting up a graduate department of Anthropology at Yarmouk University, Jordan, Seteney moved in 1996 to the regional office of the Population Council in Cairo as director of the Middle East Awards in Population and the Social Sciences (MEAwards). She has also been a visiting Professor at UC Berkeley, Georgetown University, University of Chicago, Stockholm University and the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study in the Social Sciences (Uppsala). In July 1999, Seteney joined the Social Sciences Research Council in New York as program director for the program on the Middle East and North Africa, as well as the Eurasia program.

Seteney has conducted fieldwork in Jordan, Turkey and most recently in the North Caucasus. Her research interests center around issues of ethnicity and nationalism in the context of globalization, urban politics and state-building strategies, and population displacement and trans-national movements. Her publications include a co-authored book Women in Arab Society: Work patterns and Gender relations in Egypt, Jordan and Sudan (Berg, 1990); an edited volume on Population Displacement and Resettlement: Development and Conflict in the Middle East (CMS, 1994) and on Amman: The City and its Society (CERMOC, 1996). Her most recent articles include "Prehistories of Globalization: Circassian Identity in Motion" in Public Culture (Special millenium issue) and "Towards an Ethnography of Governance: Urban Spaces and Identities in the Middle East" In R. Stren and P. McCarney, eds. Governance on the Ground.

Seteney has been on the editorial board of several journals including Cultural Anthropology, Ethnos and International Migration Review and a member of several international research networks including the Interdisciplinary Network on Globalization and the Global Urban Research Initiative. She has also been a consultant for a number of organizations including UNICEF, ESCWA and the Ford Foundation. Dr. Seteney Shami at the Social Science Research Council.

 

Smith, Jane

JANE I. SMITH

Hartford Seminary

Online Editor

Jane I. Smith is Professor of Islamic Studies and Co-Director of the Macdonald Center for Christian-Muslim Relations, at Hartford Seminary. She has done extensive work on the role and status of women in Islam, Muslim communities in America, historical relations between Christians and Muslims, and Christian theology in relation to Islam. Dr. Smith is co-editor of The Muslim World, a journal dedicated to the study of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations; area editor for Brill’s Encyclopedia of Women in Islamic Cultures; and editor of the Islam section of The Encyclopedia of Women in World Religions.

A member of the Commission on Interfaith Relations of the National Council of Churches of Christ, the United Church of Christ/Disciples of Christ Interfaith Consultation, she is a frequent participant in Christian-Muslim dialogue meetings in the United States and abroad. She teaches in the area of Christian-Muslim relations and interfaith dialogue, as well as courses in Islamic studies and comparative religion. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Council for Interreligious Understanding, Inc.

Among Dr. Smith’s recent publications are Becoming American: Immigration and Religious Life in the United States, edited with John Esposito and Yvonne Haddad (Altamira Press, 2003); “Muslims as Partners in Interfaith Encounter: Models for Dialogue,” in Zion’s Herald (2003); “Sayyid Hossein Nasr and the Christian-Muslim Encounter,” in Beacon of Knowledge: A Tribute to Sayyid Hossein Nasr (Fons Vitae, 2003); The Islamic Understanding of Death and Resurrection, with Yvonne Haddad (Oxford University Press, 2003; reprint, translated into Indonesian); Visible and Invisible: Muslim Communities in the West, with Yvonne Haddad (AltaMira Press, 2002); “Balancing Divergence and Convergence, or Is God the Author of Confusion?” in A Faithful Presence: Essays for Kenneth Cragg (Melisende, 2003); “Thinking Globally about Islam,” in Global Religions (Oxford, 2002); “Women’s Issues in American Islam,” in Encyclopedia of Women and Religion in North America (Indiana University Press, 2004); “Women in Islam: New Images and Interpretations” in The Christian Century (February 2002); “Faith” and “Afterlife” in Encyclopedia of the Qur’an (Brill, 2002); “Wilfred Cantwell Smith: Understanding Worlds of Faith” in A Great Commission: Christian Hope and Religious Diversity (Oxford, 2000); Islam in America (Columbia University Press, 1999); “Islam and Christendom” in The Oxford History of Islam (Oxford, 1999).

 

Peteet, Julie

JULIE PETEET

University of Louisville

Online Editor

Dr. Julie Peteet is a faculty member and Chair of the Department of Anthropology at the University of Louisville, Kentucky. She has degrees in Anthropology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, the American University of Beirut, and Wayne State University, Michigan. One of Dr. Peteet's main research interests is the political anthropology of the Middle East, where she lived for ten years and also where she conducted her dissertation research. Dr. Peteet also works on refugee studies and Palestine, the focus of her most recent book, Landscape of Hope and Despair: Palestinian Refugee Camps (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2005). This book is based on ethnographic fieldwork and examines the relationship between space, place, and identity in a refugee camp. Dr. Peteet has also published Gender in Crisis: Women and the Palestinian Resistance Movement (Columbia University Press, 1991). Her current research is on the policy of closure and the wall in the occupied Palestinian territories and is focused on spatial strategies of colonial rule. Her work has been funded by Fulbright, Mellon, the Social Science Research Council, the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, and the Palestinian American Research Center. Her work has been published in American Ethnologist, Cultural Anthropology, Signs, Middle East Report, Cultural Survival, and Third World Quarterly, among others.

Dr. Peteet serves on the board of director of Kentucky Refugee Ministries and on the Middle East Committee of the American Friends Service Committee.

 

Siapno, Jacqueline

JACKIE SIAPNO

Graduate School of International Studies

Online Editor

Jacqueline Aquino Siapno is originally from Pangasinan, Philippines. She is the author of Gender, Islam, Nationalism and the State in Aceh: The Paradox of Power, Co-optation and Resistance (Routledge Curzon, 2002); Associate Editor of the Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures; and co-editor, Between Knowledge and Commitment: Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Peace- building in Regional Contexts (Osaka: Japan Center for Area Studies, 2004). She completed her Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley, in South and Southeast Asian Studies, in 1997, her undergraduate studies at Wellesley College, Massachusetts, and her M.A. at School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London, both in Political Science. She has had teaching and research fellowship appointments at the Australian National University in Canberra, UC Berkeley, UC Riverside, and UC Irvine. In addition to her academic work, she has also worked with grassroots organizations, NGOs, and political parties in East Timor, Aceh, Indonesia and the Philippines. She has worked as a consultant, external evaluator, and trainer for UNDP, OXFAM, Concern-Worldwide, UNIFEM, and government departments in East Timor, in the areas of rural development and gender issues. She also lives in Dili, East Timor, where she teaches half of the year at Universidade da Paz (UNPAZ) and is Director of the International Studies Program at UNPAZ. She envisions her contribution to the field of Political Science and Asian Studies as that of producing critiques of conventional approaches to poverty assessment, governance, democratization, international security, international human rights, and international political economy from a gendered perspective and with subtle and sensitive attention to the politics of class, race, religion, rank, ethnicity, language and translation.

Jacqueline also teaches in the Indonesian Studies program in the Melbourne Institute of Asian Languages and Societies. Jacqueline's research interests include art and politics in Southeast Asia, political performativity, women's labor and the economy, post-conflict reconstruction and development administration, women and public health issues, comparative studies of Muslim societies, and dance forms in Southeast Asia. She has conducted extensive fieldwork and published articles on Islam and social movements in Mindanao, the contradictions between feminism and nationalism in Aceh, East Timor, and the Philippines, state terror in Aceh, and other issues.

 

Horner, Alice

ALICE HORNER

Independent Scholar

Online Editor

Alice Horner is a cultural anthropologist who received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley with specializations in African Studies, art and folklore, religion, and tourism. Her dissertation examined the concept of tradition and its cultural and political manifestations in Cameroon (West Africa). Horner has held positions at the Hearst Museum of Anthropology at Berkeley, the Culinary Institute of America, and the State University of New York, New Paltz. She has published in the Annals of Tourism Research, the Journal of American Folklore, and Visual Anthropology as well as contributing several entries to the Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures. Alice Horner is currently affiliated with the Department of Anthropology of the University of California, Davis as a Research Associate and is conducting historical research on Muslim women in the African diaspora. Dr. Horner lives in Albany, NY.

Contact information: alice_horner@yahoo.com

 


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