ELORA CHOWDHURY is an Assistant Professor of Women’s Studies at University of Massachusetts, Boston. Her research looks at the dynamics of NGO politics, women’s activism, state policies, and foreign aid in the “development” of Bangladesh. She has also worked in various national and international development organizations in Bangladesh and the US.
CYNTHIA ENLOE is Research Professor of International Development and Women’s Studies at Clark University. She has been active over the years in national and international peace, feminist, and anti-militarism work. She has written for such magazines as Ms. and The Village Voice and has served on the advisory board for Teen Voices. Among her recent books are Bananas, Beaches and Bases: Making Feminist Sense of International Politics and Maneuvers: the International Politics of Militarizing Women’s Lives. Her newest book is The Curious Feminist: Searching for Women in a New Age of Empire.
JEAN ENTINE has spent her entire career working in the non-profit sector. She has served as Executive Director of the Island Affordable Housing Fund on Martha’s Vineyard as well as the Boston Women’s Fund and Women for Economic Justice. In addition she was a Program Officer at the Boston Foundation where she developed the foundation’s community organizing funding program and its initial equity and diversity position. Jean has served on a number of local and national boards and is now working as a consultant/coach to non-profits in the areas of fundraising, administration and program development.
JEAN HARDISTY is the founder and President Emerita of Political Research Associates (PRA), a Boston-based research center that analyzes right wing, authoritarian, and anti-democratic trends and publishes educational materials for the general public. A political scientist with a Ph.D. from Northwestern University, she left academia after eight years of teaching and researching conservative political thought to establish PRA in response to the emergence of the New Right in 1981. Now in its twenty-third year, PRA is nationally known for its comprehensive library of primary and secondary resources on the Right, its extensive publications list, its accurate and accessible analysis, and its role as advisor on researching and opposing the Right.
Dr. Hardisty is a widely published author and has been an activist for social justice issues, especially women’s rights and civil rights, for over thirty years. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Center for Community Change, the Women’s Community Cancer Project, and the Highlander Education and Research Center. Her book, titled Mobilizing Resentment: Conservative Resurgence from the John Birch Society to the Promise Keepers, was published by Beacon Press in October, 1999.
PAULA HOOPER has a Ph.D. in children’s learning with programmable media from the MIT Media Lab and is currently a researcher at TERC, a not-for-profit education research and development organization based in Cambridge, Massachusetts whose mission is to improve mathematics, science and technology teaching and learning. Paula has done lots of classroom work with kids—especially second graders—and her current project is focused on efforts to understand dilemmas of teaching and learning with technology in classrooms where issues of race and culture are integrated into support for academic achievement.
AIDA KHAN is a pediatric neuropsychologist in private practice in Arlington, MA. She is originally from India and grew up in the Philippines and Pakistan. Aida is also active in MASALA (Massachusetts Area South Asian Lambda Association).
VICTORIA LANE is a feminist children’s theater educator, mother, and carpenter. Recently, she completed an M.A. in Library Science at Simmons College. Formerly, she worked for nearly a decade as the manager of New Words Bookstore.
ANIKA NAILAH is an Education Specialist with CYDE (Center for Youth Development and Education) at the Commonwealth Corporation.
A Black Writers Alliance 2002 Gold Pen Award Nominee, Anika is also the author of Free and Other Stories, chosen as one of the best short story collections of 2002 by Black Issues Book Review, and also selected for inclusion in The New York Public Library’s 2003 Books For the Teen Age List. Intimately involved in the field of education for 30 years, she has worked with youth from around the world in several United States locations.
Anika founded a highly successful youth arts empowerment initiative in the Boston area, Books Of Hope, that continues to facilitate a network of over 100 housing project youth who write, publish, and sell their own books. In addition, Anika designed and facilitated a writing group sponsored by CNW at On the Rise, a local safe haven for homeless women.
LORNA RIVERA teaches Community Planning, Women’s Studies, and Sociology at the University of Massachusetts-Boston. Dr. Rivera writes about women’s poverty, and adult literacy education policies and practices. Dr. Rivera has a forthcoming book, Laboring to Learn: Women’s Literacy and Poverty in the Post-welfare Era (University of Illinois Press, 2007). She is currently a Research Associate with the Gaston Institute for Latino Public Policy. Dr. Rivera serves on the Board of Directors for WE LEARN (Women Expanding/Literacy Education Action Resource Network), the Massachusetts Coalition for Adult Education (MCAE), and the Boston Adult Literacy Fund’s Community Advisory Council.
KATE RUSHIN teaches African American poetry and literature classes in the African American Studies Program at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. Rushin is the author of “The Bridge Poem” and The Black Back-Ups and a poetry manuscript, Camden Sweet, Lawnside Blues. She is a former fellow of the Cave Canem Workshop and Retreat for African American Poets and has run workshops for librarians through Poets House in NYC; she organizes poetry workshops for individual and community empowerment.