Beverly Guy-Sheftall is the founding director of the Women’s Research and Resource Center and Anna Julia Cooper Professor of Women’s Studies at Spelman College. She is currently the President of the National Women's Studies Association. Guy-Sheftall has published a number of texts within African American and Women’s Studies which have been noted as seminal works, including the first anthology on Black women’s literature, Sturdy Black Bridges: Visions of Black Women in Literature (1980), which she coedited with Roseann P. Bell and Bettye Parker Smith; Daughters of Sorrow: Attitudes Toward Black Women, 1880-1920 (1991); Words of Fire: An Anthology of African American Feminist Thought (1995); an anthology she co-edited with Rudolph Byrd entitled Traps: African American Men on Gender and Sexuality (2001); Gender Talk: The Struggle for Women’s Equality in African American Communities (2003) coauthored with Johnnetta Betsch Cole. Her most recent publication, I Am Your Sister: Collected and Unpublished Writings of Audre Lorde, edited with Rudolph P. Bryd, Johnnetta B. Cole. In 1983 she became founding co-editor of Sage: A Scholarly Journal of Black Women which was devoted exclusively to the experiences of women of African descent.
Mary Hawkesworth is Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies and Senior Scholar at the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University. Her teaching and research interests include feminist theory, women and politics, contemporary political philosophy, philosophy of science, and social policy. Hawkesworth is the author of Globalization and Feminist Activism (2006); Feminist Inquiry: From Political Conviction to Methodological Innovation (2006); Beyond Oppression: Feminist Theory and Political Strategy (1990); and Theoretical Issues in Policy Analysis (1988); ); co-author of Women, Democracy and Globalization in North America (2006); editor of The Encyclopedia of Government and Politics (1992, 2003), and Feminism and Public Policy (Policy Sciences 27(2-3), 1994), and co-editor of Gender, Globalization and Democratization ( 2001). Her articles have appeared in leading journals including the American Political Science Review, Political Theory, Signs, Hypatia, Women and Politics, Journal of Women’s History, NWSA Journal, International Journal of Women’s Studies, and the Women’s Studies International Forum. She has served on the Editorial Boards of Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, Women and Politics and the International Feminist Journal of Politics. She is serving as the Editor of Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, 2005-2010.
Judy Norsigian, Executive Director of Our Bodies Ourselves, is a co-author of Our Bodies, Ourselves (8th edition, May 2005) and a member of the editorial teams for Our Bodies, Ourselves: Menopause (2006) and Our Bodies, Ourselves: Pregnancy and Birth (2008). Judy speaks and writes frequently on a wide range of women's health concerns, including abortion and contraception, sexually transmissible infections, genetics and reproductive technologies, body image, tobacco and women, women and health care reform, and midwifery advocacy. She has appeared on numerous national television and radio programs and currently serves as a board member for Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research. Personal recognitions include: the Public Service Award from the Massachusetts Public Health Association (1989); Radcliffe College Alumnae Association Annual Recognition Award (1995); the 2002 Massachusetts Health Council Award; and an honorary doctorate from Boston University in May 2007.
Professor Jasbir Puar is a core faculty member in the department of Women's & Gender Studies, and a graduate faculty member in the department of Geography at Rutgers. Professor Puar's research interests include gender, sexuality, globalization; postcolonial and diaspora studies; queer theory; South Asian cultural studies; and tourism studies. Professor Puar is the author of Terrorist Assemblages: Homonationalism in Queer Times (2007); “Homonormativity and its Others,” in Gender, Place, and Culture (Winter 2005), “Queer Times, Queer Assemblages,” in Social Text 84-85 vol. 23 nos. 3-4 (Fall-Winter 2005), “On Torture: Abu Ghraib,” in Radical History Review (Fall 2005), “The Remaking of a Model Minority: Perverse Projectiles under the Specter of (Counter)Terrorism,” with Amit Rai, in Social Text 80 vol. 22 no. 3 (Fall 2004); "Monster, Terrorist, Fag: The War on Terrorism and the Production of Docile Patriots," with Amit Rai, in Social Text 72 vol. 20 no. 3 (Fall 2002); “A Transnational Feminist Critique of Queer Tourism,” in Antipode: A Radical Journal of Geography vol. 34 no. 5 (November 2002); “Circuits of Queer Mobility: Tourism, Travel, and Globalization,” in GLQ vol. 8 nos. 1-2 (2001); "Global Circuits: Transnational Sexualities in Trinidad," in Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society vol. 26 no. 4 (Summer 2001); "Transnational Configurations of Desire: The Nation and its White Closets" in The Making and Unmaking of Whiteness edited by Matt Wray et al (Durham: Duke University Press, 2001); amongst other publications in refereed journals and edited books. She has also edited a special issue of GLQ titled, "Queer Tourism: Geographies of Globalization" vol. 8 nos. 1-2 (2002).