Hadeel Aziz is the Executive Director of the Justice Center for Legal Aid in Jordan. In 2008, Hadeel pioneered free legal assistance in Jordan when she left a multi-million dollar USAID project on the rule of law to co-found the Justice Center for Legal Aid (JCLA).
Wafa Al-Khadra is a university professor and experienced university administrator, currently serving as Dean of Faculty of Languages and Communication at the American University of Madaba.
Nissreen Al-Haram holds a B.A. in economics from Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts and an M.A. in Islamic Studies from McGill University in Montreal. She has had a diverse career as a Trade Policy Advisor, Law Firm Director, Children’s Museum Director, and Artisan Cheese maker. She has also been member of the Yale Law School Middle East Seminar, and its organizing committee for more than 15 years. She is actively interested in Islamic legal and intellectual history, and contemporary approaches to religious reform.
Senior Research Fellow, Regional Institute for Population Studies, University of Ghana
Dr. Delali Margaret Badasu is a Senior Research Fellow at the Regional Institute for Population Studies, University of Ghana.
Associate Professor of Comparative Literature, Princeton University
Benjamin Conisbee Baer is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature at Princeton University.
Maxine Elliot Professor of Comparative Literature, Departments of Rhetoric and Comparative Literature, University of California, Berkeley
Judith Butler received her Ph.D. in Philosophy from Yale University in 1984 on the French Reception of Hegel. Judith Butler is the author of Subjects of Desire: Hegelian Reflections in Twentieth-Century France (Columbia University Press, 1987), Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity (Routledge, 1990), and Bodies That Matter: On the Discursive Limits of "Sex" (Routledge, 1993), among many others. Her most recent book is Parting Ways: Jewishness and the Critique of Zionism (2012).
Associate Professor of History, Cornell University
Judith Byfield's research interests began with a very strong interest in African art and literature and gradually added the colonial state, nationalism, women's history, and the African Diaspora, specifically the Anglophone Caribbean. Her first book, The Bluest Hands: A Social and Economic History of Women Indigo Dyers in Western Nigeria, examined the transformation of indigo dyeing and textile production in Abeokuta, a town famous for its indigo dyed cloth, adire. Her current project, The Great Upheaval: Women, Taxes and Nationalist Politics in Nigeria, 1945-1951 (2017, forthcoming), explores a women's tax revolt in Abeokuta after WW II.
Zahra Ali is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Rutgers, Newark. Her research explores women and gender issues in relation to Islam and the Middle East, as well as contemporary Muslim communities and Islamisms.
Assistant Professor, Center for Strategic Studies, University of Jordan
Dr. Sara Ababneh is Assistant Professor at the University of Jordan’s Center for Strategic Studies. She is the Refugee Studies Diploma and CSS Internship program coordinator. Dr. Ababneh earned her DPhil in Politics and International Relations from the St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford in 2010. She wrote her dissertation on female Islamists in Hamas in occupied Palestine and the Islamic Action Front in Jordan.
Bertha Capen Reynolds Chair, Social Welfare Policy at the Silberman School of Social Work, Hunter College
Mimi Abramovitz is Bertha Capen Reynolds Professor at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. She has published widely on issues related to women, poverty, human rights and the U.S/ Welfare State. Professor Abramovitz is currently writing a book on the history of low-income women’s activism in the U.S.
Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature, Sabancı University
Hülya Adak is Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature at Sabancı University. She has published essays on Ottoman-Turkish memoirs and biographies, national myths, gender and sexuality, and the Armenian deportations during World War I in leading journals such as the South Atlantic Quarterly, PMLA, Biography, and New Perspectives on Turkey.
Neera Adarkar is a practicing architect and an urban researcher. After her graduation in architecture from Sir J. J. College of Architecture, Mumbai University, Neera completed her post-graduation in Industrial Design from I.I.T. Powai, Mumbai. Currently she is a visiting faculty member in the Academy of Architecture, Rachana Sansad in Mumbai.
Senior Research Fellow, Institut d'Études Politiques (Sciences Po), Paris
Fariba Adelkhah is Senior Research Fellow at Sciences Po in Paris. She received her Ph.D. in anthropology from Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS, 1989). An anthropologist, her main research interests focus on the relationships and interplay between social changes and political transformations throughout the second half of the 20th century in Iran.
Research and Lecturer, Social and Political Sciences, State Islamic University (UIN) Jakarta
Dina is an Endeavor Post-doctoral fellow at Melbourne Law School University of Melbourne. Dina earned her PhD also from the University of Melbourne writing a thesis on the work of Local Women’s NGOs in Reforming Islamic Law introduced in 1999 in the Province of Aceh. Dina’s research interests include women’s rights, women’s movement, Islamic education, international development, and legal reform in Muslim societies.
Flavia Agnes is a women's rights lawyer and writer and has been actively involved in the women's movement for the last two decades. She has written extensively on issues of domestic violence, feminist jurisprudence and minority rights. Her books are widely acclaimed and are popular among advocates, paralegal workers, law students and women who have been victims of domestic violence. Currently she co-ordinates the legal centre of MAJLIS and is also engaged in her doctoral research on Property Rights of Married Women with the National Law School of India.
Professor of Sociology, Boğaziçi University
Meltem Ahiska is Associate Professor in Sociology at Bogazici University, Istanbul. She has a PhD from the University of London.
Assistant Professor of Anthropology, George Washington University
Dr. Attiya Ahmad is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the George Washington University (Washington DC, USA). Broadly conceived, her research focuses on the interrelation between gender, labour migration, diasporic formations, cosmopolitanism, and Islamic movements crosscutting the Arab Gulf States and South Asia. Dr.
Gazi Nafis Ahmed is an artist working with photography. Born in Dhaka, Bangladesh, he studied art and design at London Guildhall University, United Kingdom. He received his B.A. from Danish School of Media and Journalism in Denmark and her M.A. in fine arts photography from IED Madrid in Spain, both on full scholarship. Ahmed was awarded at the international Pride Photo Award 2015 in Amsterdam for his series "Inner Face".
Professor of Anthropology, Sabancı University
Ayşe Gül Altınay received her Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from Duke University and has been teaching at Sabancı University since 2001. Her research and writing have focused on militarism, nationalism, violence, memory, gender, and sexuality.
Historian, Universidad de Chile
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Theater, Brooklyn College
Margaret Araneo-Reddy is a New York-based scholar and theatre artist. She is currently a doctoral candidate at the Graduate Center, City University of New York and an Instructor of Drama at New York University. Her current research focuses on the intersection of neuropsychology and popular performance in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Using a cultural model of disability, Margaret examines the ways the small forms of cabaret and vaudeville (in Paris and New York respectively) both represent and embody neurological diversity in performance.
Edward and Robin Milstein Professor of Bioethics, Yeshiva University; Professor of Epidemiology and Population Health and Family and Social Medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Dr. Adrienne Asch is the Edward and Robin Milstein Professor of Bioethics and Director of the Center for Ethics at Yeshiva University, as well as Professor of Epidemiology and Population Health and Family and Social Medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Asch provides overall leadership to the Center for Ethics. In addition, she teaches courses throughout the university on bioethics and professional ethics. She publishes widely in books and peer-reviewed journals and presents at conferences throughout the world on issues related to her teaching and research.
Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences, Greece
Athena Athanasiou teaches at the Department of Social Anthropology at Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences, in Athens, Greece. She has studied history, archaeology and philosophy at the Universities of Athens and Thessaloniki, Greece. She has received her Ph.D. in Social Anthropology from the New School for Social Research, in New York, and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women, at Brown University, USA (2001-2002).
Associate Director of the Rutgers Center for Race and Ethnicity, Rutgers University
Mia Bay is a historian who teaches at Rutgers University, where she also serves as the Associate Director of the Rutgers Center for Race and Ethnicity. The author of a number of works, including The White Image in the Black Mind: African American Ideas about White People 1830-1925 (2000), she has recently completed a new book entitled To Trouble the Waters Freely: The Life and Times of Ida B. Wells (2009).
Catherine and Bruce Bastian Professor of Global and Transnational Studies, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Asef Bayat, the Catherine and Bruce Bastian Professor of Global and Transnational Studies, teaches Sociology and Middle Eastern studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He was the Academic Director of the International Institute for the Study of Islam in the Modern World (ISIM) and ISIM Chair of Islam and the Modern World at Leiden University from 2003 until 2009. He writes on Egypt and Iran, and has published widely on issues of political sociology, social movements, urban space and politics, religious politics, contemporary Islam, and the Muslim Middle East. His latest book is: Life as Politics: How Ordinary People Change the Middle East (2013, 2nd edition).
Associate Professor of English and Humanities, Pratt Institute
Jonathan Beller is Professor of English and Humanities and Critical and Visual Studies, Pratt Institute. He is the author of The Cinematic Mode of Production: Towards A Political Economy of the Society of the Spectacle, (Lebanon: Dartmouth College/University Press of New England, 2006) and Acquiring Eyes: Philippine Visuality, Nationalist Struggle and The World Media-System, (Manila: Ateneo de Manila University Press, 2006).
Senior Lecturer in American Studies and English, Yale University
James Berger is Senior Lecturer in American Studies and English at Yale University. He is author of After the End: Representations of Post-Apocalypse and editor of Helen Keller's The Story of My Life: The Restored Edition. He is currently completing The Disarticulate: Language, Impairment, and the Narratives of Modernity, to be published by New York University Press.
Visiting Lecturer, Anthropology, Boston University
Sara Bergstresser is a medical and cultural anthropologist, and she is currently a Visiting Lecturer in Anthropology at Boston University. Her research addresses the intersection of health and society, including mental health policy and stigma, global bioethics, and religion and health. She holds a PhD in Anthropology from Brown University and an MPH from Harvard University. She is also working on an M.S. in Bioethics at Columbia on a part-time basis.
Professor, Delhi University
Urmila Bhirdikar has MA in English and Sociology, M Phil in English and has recently submitted her Ph D thesis entitled “ A Sociological Study of the Practice of Female Impersonation in Marathi Theatre in the 19th and Early 20th Century”, from the Department of Sociology, University of Delhi. She has taught English literature in H V Desai College Pune and in Mahindra United World College of India, Pune. She has trained in North Indian Classical vocal music and was invited to teach a course in Music and Modernity at JNU in 2006 and 2010.
Lisa Björkman received her PhD in political science from the New School for Social Research in New York City in 2011. Her research explores the politics of water access in the Indian city of Mumbai, with a particular focus on the infrastructural effects of the city’s rapidly-changing built environment, and on emergent forms of political subjectivity and political possibility. She is presently based in Mumbai, where she is studying the role of political spectacle and ethno-religious discourse in municipal election campaigning.