Lila Abu-Lughod is Professor of Anthropology and Women's Studies at Columbia University Haya al-Mughni is a Kuwaiti sociologist with degrees from the University of Geneva, Switzerland, and the University of Exeter in Great Britain Yesim Arat is a professor in the Department of Political Science and International Relations, Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey Sheila Carapico chairs the Political Science Department at the University of Richmond Mounira M. Charrad is Assistant Professor of Sociology and Middle East Studies at the University of Texas at Austin Eleanor Abdella Doumato is Adjunct Professor for International Studies (Research) at the Thomas J. Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University Karim El-Gawhary is the Cairo based Middle East correspondent of the German daily Berliner Zeitung and other German, Austrian, and Swiss newspapers. He freelances for German Public Radio (ARD), works for the Portuguese daily Publico, and contributes regularly to Middle East International and MERIP Rita Giacaman is Director of the Institute of Community and Public Health, Birzeit University and a research associate at the Women's Studies Institute, Birzeit University Sarah Graham-Brown is a writer and researcher on the Middle East and on development issues. Ellen Gruenbaum is Professor of Anthropology and Dean of the School of Social Sciences at California State University, Fresno Nadia Hijab is the author of Womanpower: The Arab Debate on Women at Work and of encyclopedia essays on subjects such as civil society, gender, and human rights, and coauthor of Citizens Apart: A Portrait of Palestinians in Israel. Before joining the United Nations Development Programme, she was editor of the London-based magazine The Middle East, and was a frequent commentator on the BBC and other British and American media. Islah Jad is Lecturer in Political Science, Cultural Studies Department and Women's Studies Center at Birzeit University Penny Johnson is Assistant Director of the Women's Studies Center at Birzeit University Suad Joseph is Professor of Anthropology and Women's Studies at the University of California, Davis Deniz Kandiyoti is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Development Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Fatemeh Etemad Moghadam is Professor of Economics and Department Chair at Hofstra University Julie Peteet is Associate Professor and Chair of the Anthropology Department at the University of Louisville Susan Slyomovics is Genevieve McMillan-Reba Stewart Professor of the Study of Women in the Developing World and Professor of Anthropology at the Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyJoseph, Suad is the author of 'Women and Power in the Middle East', published 2000 under ISBN 9780812217490 and ISBN 0812217497.