Speakers

 

Dr. M. Cristina Alcalde is Professor of Gender and Women's Studies and Marie Rich Endowed Professor.  She serves as Associate Dean of Inclusion and Internationalization in the College of Arts and Sciences. She is an affiliate faculty member in Social Theory, Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies, and Anthropology. Her research areas include gender violence, migration, exclusion, and race and racialization. Her most recent book is Peruvian Lives across Borders: Power, Exclusion, and Home (2018, University of Illinois Press). Her other publications include The Woman in the Violence: Gender, Poverty, and Resistance in Peru (2010), La mujer en la violencia (Spanish edition, published in 2014 by the Instituto de Estudios Peruanos and the Fondo Editorial de la Universidad Católica del Perú), and Provocations: A Transnational Reader in the History of Feminist Thought (with Susan Bordo and Ellen Rosenman, 2015, University of California Press), as well as numerous articles.

Dr. Srimati Basu is Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies and Anthropology at the University of Kentucky. She has a Bachelor’s degree in English from Presidency College, Calcutta, a Master’s in English from Purdue University, and an Interdisciplinary Ph.D. from Ohio State University in Cultural Studies/ Anthropology/ Women’s Studies. She is the author of the monographs The Trouble with Marriage: Feminists Confront Law and Violence in India (University of California Press, 2015) and She Comes to Take Her Rights: Indian Women, Property and Propriety (SUNY Press, 1999), editor of Dowry and Inheritance (Women Unlimited, 2005), and co-editor (with Lucinda Ramberg) of Conjugality Unbound: Sexual Economy and the Marital Form in India (Women Unlimited, 2014). Some recent articles on masculinity, law, marriage and violence appear in anthologies including 50 th Anniversary Commemorative Volume of Contributions to Indian Sociology (2019), Men and Feminism in India (2018), Sexuality Studies: Oxford India Studies in Contemporary Society (2013), New South Asian Feminisms: Paradoxes and Possibilities (2012), and the journals QED, Journal of Indian Law and Society, Canadian Journal of Women and Law, and Economic and Political Weekly. She is presently working on a monograph about the antifeminist men’s rights movement in India.

Dr. Christia Spears Brown is a Professor of Developmental and Social Psychology, and Director of Center for Equality and Social Justice, at the University of Kentucky. She earned her Ph.D. in Psychology at The University of Texas at Austin. Her research focuses on children’s perceptions of gender and ethnic discrimination, adolescents’ experiences with sexual harassment and gender-based teasing, and the development of gender and ethnic stereotypes and group identity. In addition to peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, she has written two books, one for an academic audience, Discrimination in Childhood and Adolescence, and one for parents, Parenting Beyond Pink and Blue, and co-edited the Wiley Handbook of Group Processes in Children and Adolescents. She is also an Associate Editor of Journal of Adolescent Research.

Dr. Stephen Burrell has just completed a PhD in Sociology at Durham University in the United Kingdom, where he is now working as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Centre for Research into Violence and Abuse. His primary research interests are critical studies on men and masculinities, men's violence against women, and gender inequalities. His PhD research explored efforts to engage men and boys in the prevention of men’s violence against women in the UK context.

Dr. Maria Cazorla is a Professor at Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) in Ecuador. She is the Director of the Institute for Atmospheric Research and the Atmospheric Measurement Station at USFQ. A Fulbright scholar (2003-2005), she obtained a Master’s degree in Environmental Pollution Control and a PhD in Meteorology at Penn State University (2010). Dr. Cazorla is a former NASA Postdoctoral Fellow (Goddard Space Flight Center, 2010-2012). Her full given name is María del Carmen Cazorla and she is from Quito, Ecuador. Dr. Cazorla is one of the co-founders of the WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) initiative at USFQ. The purpose of WISE at USFQ is to work towards increasing the participation of women in STEM careers in Ecuador. A major achievement of WISE at USFQ was the recent approval of an annual full scholarship for an outstanding female student to pursue the science major of her choice at USFQ.

Dr. Cristen Dávalos is an Assistant Professor and Chair of International Relations at the Social Sciences and Humanities College of the Universidad San Francisco (Quito, Ecuador). She holds a BA in International Relations from Lake Forest College (USA), a MA degree in Development studies from the International Institute of Social Studies (The Netherlands), and a PhD in the School of Political Science and International Relations and the School of Geography from Queen Mary, University of London (UK). Dávalos has published numerous articles on the themes of migration and mobility from a gender perspective. She has two forthcoming articles titled Localizing Masculinities in the Global Care Chains: Experiences in Spain and Ecuador (2019) and Moving with Masculine Care in the City: Informal transit and laboring practicing in Quito, Ecuador (2019, co-author), and a chapter titled Informal Transit Infrastructures: Gendered Experiences of Moving Around the Peripheries of Quito, Ecuador (2019, co-author), among others. Dávalos´ current research projects are on women´s experiences on informal transit, gender violence in the Galapagos Islands, and on the Venezuelan migration crisis in Ecuador.

Dr. Patricia Ehrkamp is Professor and Chair of the Geography department at the University of Kentucky. Her research considers how immigration changes contemporary European and U.S. American cities and polities. She has argued that in order to understand immigrant geographies research needs to consider how immigrants and non-immigrant residents in cities of the United States and of Europe create spaces of everyday life, and how these new spaces of everyday life shape wider debates about citizenship, belonging, inclusion and exclusion. Her recent work on debates about minarets and mosque construction projects in Germany and Switzerland examines how understandings of secularism, religion, and gender shape contemporary liberal democracies in Europe. Her most recent project on 'The Geopolitics of Trauma' (with Dr. Anna Secor at UK and Dr. Jenna Loyd at University of Wisconsin-Madison) seeks to understand the role of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in the admission and resettlement of Iraqi refugees in the United States. They received funding from the U.S. National Science Foundation (BCS-1461615) for a three year project that studies the admissions screening processes in Turkey and Jordan, and the resettlement processes and refugee well-being in four sites in the United States. 

Dr. Xavier L. Guadalupe-Diaz is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Criminology at Framingham State University in Framingham, Massachusetts. His primary areas of research examine a range of topics related to intimate partner and sexual violence within the LGBTQ community. His current work focuses on transgender intimate partner violence, identity, and help-seeking. He was recognized at Framingham State with the 2018 Distinguished Faculty award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activity. His recent articles are featured in the journals Deviant Behavior, Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment, and Trauma, Sociology Compass, and Violence against Women. He’s author of the forthcoming book Transgressed: Intimate Partner Violence in Transgender Lives (New York University Press).

Dr. Elisabeth Holzleithner is a Professor of Legal Philosophy and Legal Gender Studies at the University of Vienna and Head of the Department of Legal Philosophy. Her other appointments at the University of Vienna include Vice Dean of Studies at the Faculty of Law and Speaker of the Research Network “Gender and Agency.” She is a member of the board of editors of the journals “Gender”, “Rechtsphilosophie. Zeitschrift für Grundlagen des Rechts“ (Legal Philosophy. Journal for Foundations of the Law), and “Zeitschrift für Menschenrechte” (Journal for Human Rights). Dr. Holzleithner was awarded the “Gabriele Possanner-Staatspreis für wissenschaftliche Leistungen in der Geschlechterforschung” (State Award for Scientific Achievements in Gender Studies) in 2017 and the Frauenring-Preis für Engagament für Frauenanliegen und Verdienste um Geschlechtergleichstellung (Dedication to Women’s Issues and Merits concerning Gender Equality) also in 2017.  Her recent publications in English include:

  • “Subversion from Within: Opposition to Gender Equality in the Court of Justice of the European Union”, in: Mieke Verloo (ed.), Varieties of Opposition to Gender Equality in Europe. Theory, Evidence and Practice, New York and London: Routledge 2018, 135-153
  • Gender Equality and Physical Requirements, in: European Equality Law Review 2017/1, 13-22
  • “The Game is Rigged” Fictions of Lawyering, in: Hiebaum, Christian/Knaller, Susanne/Pichler, Doris (Hg.), Recht und Literatur im Zwischenraum/Law and Literature In-Between: Aktuelle inter- und transdisziplinäre Zugänge/Contemporary Inter- and Transdisciplinary Approaches, Bielefeld: transcript Lettre 2015, 287-303.

Dr. Carol E. Jordan currently serves as the founding Executive Director of the University of Kentucky Office for Policy Studies on Violence Against Women in the College of Arts & Sciences.  She holds faculty appointments in the Department of Psychology and the Department of Psychiatry. Before assuming her current position, she served for ten years as founding director of the UK Center for Research on Violence Against Women at the university.  Jordan also serves as a Senior Policy Consultant for the Kentucky Domestic Violence Association (state association of battered women’s shelters) and the Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs (state association of rape crisis centers). Jordan has authored three books, eight book chapters and over 40 peer reviewed articles on violence against women, particularly focusing on civil and criminal justice issues related to rape, domestic violence, and stalking; the victimization of college women; and the history of legislative reform on violence against women. Jordan has managed grants totaling more than $3.5 million and since coming to UK has built a $6 million research endowment on violence against women for the university. Additionally, she has created a Women’s Empowerment Scholarship to aid abuse survivors in accessing higher education as a tool for overcoming the experience of violence.

Dr. Li Jun received her PhD degree in political sociology from the University of Macau, and she is now the Associate Professor of the Cheung Kong School of Journalism and Communication in University of Shantou. Li is the founder of Women Awakening Network (新媒体女性), a feminist communication NGO based in Guangzhou. She used to work as a senior investigative reporter in (南方都市报), a liberal daily paper with national influence, and work closely with feminist lawyers in impact litigation cases of sexual assault in education and workplace. In the 2014 case of academic sexual harassment committed by a professor of archaeology at Xiamen University(厦门大学), Li and her colleagues published their investigative reporting and supported the victims and coordinated the petition for the mechanism of sexual harassment prevention by 256 (http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/kindle/201409/11/content_18582633.htm). Li is currently a columnist on gender issue with the pen name Li Sipan(李思磐). Li began the studies on Chinese feminist movements since 2011, she published “The Growth and Dilemma of Women’s NGOs in China: A Case Study of the Beijing Zhongze Legal Consulting Service Center for Women,” In Hao, Zhidong, Chen, Sheying (Eds.) Social Issues in China: Gender, Ethnicity, Labor, and the Environment. (Springer, 2014), and “Media as a core political resource: the young feminist movements in China,” Chinese Journal of Communication, 10:1, 54-71. She also published a paper addressing academic harassment issues in China in 2014,“Academic Harassment, Organizational Environment, Gender-based Discrimination, Sexual Harassment (学术性骚扰的共犯性结构:学术权力、组织氛围与性别歧视—基于国内案例的分析),” in Collection of Women’s Studies (妇女研究论丛). Her current research interest is the mediated gender politics on social media and transformation on journalism in China.

Dr. Ana Lau received her Master’s degree in History from UNAM, and she received her doctorate in History from la Universidad Iberoamericana. She has been a research professor at la Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Unidad Xochimilco in the Department of Politics and Culture. She teaches in the graduate program in Women’s Studies and in the recently created Doctorate in Feminist Studies. She currently serves as the Coordinator of the Master’s degree program in Women’s Studies. She belongs to the National System of Researchers and is a researcher for PRODEP (Program for Professional Development). In 2015, she was recognized with the “Clementina Diaz y de Ovando” award for the trajectory in her research in the History of Women and Gender by the Institute for the Study of Revolutions of Mexico (NEHRM). Her areas of research specialize in the history of Mexican feminism, women’s suffrage, and organized groups of women throughout the 20th century. She has published and coordinated several books on the history of women in the Mexican Revolution and the manner in which suffrage and citizenship was recognized in the country. Additionally, she has written many articles and essays in collective books and academic journals. She is currently examining the groups that fought for suffrage, and together with Dr. Marysa Navarro, they are investigating the creation and development of the Inter-American Commission of Women.

Dr. Desiree Lewis is a professor in the Women’s and Gender Studies Department at the University of the Western Cape in South Africa, and has interdisciplinary interests in literary, cultural and gender studies. She has been a Fulbright scholar-in-residence in the English and Women’s Studies Departments at Georgia State University, a visiting professor at the Centre for the Study of Gender and Sexuality at New York University, the Marie Jahoda Chair in International Gender Studies at Ruhr University Bochum in Germany and guest professor at the African Gender Institute at the University of Cape Town. The author of Living on a Horizon: Bessie Head and the Politics of Imagining, and the guest editor of several feminist journal issues, she has published extensively on the politics of feminism, African feminisms and the confluence of gender, race and sexualities. Her recent interests include liberal discourses and technologies and feminism, and feminist food studies.

Dr. Rachel Loney-Howes is a lecturer in Criminology and a socio-legal studies scholar based at the University of Wollongong, Australia. Her areas of teaching expertise include theories of crime and innovative justice. Dr Loney-Howes’ research interests are primarily centred on the nature, scope and history of anti-rape activism, with a particular focus on the use and potential of digital media for meeting the justice needs of victim-survivors – the subject of her forthcoming book titled: “The politics of the personal: anti-rape activism in the age of digital media.” She is also the co-editor of a forthcoming collected edition on the #MeToo movement with Dr Bianca Fileborn (University of Melbourne), titled: “#MeToo and the politics of social change”, due out in mid-2019. Rachel is particularly interested in developing more ecological models and understandings of the causes of violence against women in order to implement effective primary prevention measures, and is currently undertaking work of this nature in the Illawarra region in New South Wales, Australia.

Dr. Carol Mason is Professor and Chair of Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Kentucky. She is an interdisciplinary scholar of twentieth-century American culture known for her research on the rise of the right since the 1960s. A postdoctoral fellowship from the Bunting Institute at Radcliffe College and Harvard University funded research for her first book, Killing for Life: The Apocalyptic Narrative of Pro-life Politics, published by Cornell University Press in 2002.  The Rockefeller Foundation for the Humanities sponsored her residency at the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Gender in Appalachia at Marshall University, during which she researched her second book, Reading Appalachia from Left to Right: Conservatives and the 1974 Kanawha County Textbook Controversy, also from Cornell (2009). Other publications have appeared in Cultural StudiesNWSA JournalFrontiers, Feminist Formations, Journal of Appalachian Studies, American StudiesHypatiaJournal of American HistoryNew Political Science, Journal of Women's History, GLQ, Journal of Constitutional Law, Nantahala Review, and various edited collections.  Funded in part by a grant from the Oklahoma Humanities Council and a prize for scholarly excellence from Oklahoma State University, the third book appeared in 2015. Oklahomo: Lessons in Unqueering America is part of the SUNY Press series, Queer Politics and Cultures.

Mason’s research on right-wing movements has also been featured in media commentary on current events.  See for example, this essay in Rolling Stone magazine: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/blogs/national-affairs/behind-the-r... and this article on the Boston marathon bombers:  http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/why-we-need-understand-apocaly...

Dr. Keren R. McGinity is a 2018 Forward 50 honoree for her clarion call “There needs to be a Jewish response to the #MeToo movement,” published in the New York Jewish Week. She is named on Lilith magazine’s “7 Jewish Feminist Highlights of 2018” list. Her pioneering books, Still Jewish: A History of Women & Intermarriage in America(NYU Press 2009), a National Jewish Book Award Finalist, and Marrying Out: Jewish Men, Intermarriage, and Fatherhood (Indiana University Press 2014), changed the narrative about Jewish continuity by focusing on gender and change over time. Dr. McGinity’s advice and opinions have appeared in Contact, the Forward, Lilith, Moment, the New York Jewish Week, RitualWell, Sh’ma, and eJewishPhilanthropy, among other publications. She is the inaugural director of the Interfaith Families Jewish Engagement Program at Hebrew College’s Shoolman Graduate School of Jewish Education, where she also teaches, and an honorary research associate at the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute at Brandeis University. She earned her PhD from Brown University, where she subsequently was appointed as visiting assistant professor of history, and was the Mandell L. Berman Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Contemporary American Jewish Life at the University of Michigan’s Frankel Center for Judaic Studies. Dr. McGinity serves on the Sexual Misconduct Taskforce of the Association for Jewish Studies and the Academic Advisory Council of the Jewish Women’s Archive.

Dr. Fanni Muñoz Cabrejo studied sociology in Peru at Catholic University  and received her PHD in History in College de México at Mexico. Throughout her academic life she has investigated the intersections of gender with education in education policy and management. Her papers have been published nationally and internationally, in countries such as Argentina, Brazil, Mexico and the United States. She has worked as a project manager funded by the International Cooperative. She is currently a professor at the Department of Social Sciences of the PUCP and founding member of the Society for Permanent Research in Education (SIEP) and associate of the Educational Forum. She promoted the creation of the Master's Degree in Gender Studies of the PUCP, of which she has been director since 2012. She has published about issues of Educational Decentralization, Gender Violence, Gender and Education & Work on Cultural History.

Dr. Kammila Naidoo lectures in the Sociology Department at the University of Johannesburg (UJ), South Africa, where she also serves as Vice Dean of Research (Faculty of Humanities). Prior to joining UJ, she taught at the University of Pretoria and the University of South Africa. Her doctoral work, which was completed at the University of Manchester, UK, was an ethnographic study exploring family dynamics and relationships, and the ways in which domestic violence reworked intimate unions. She has published in the areas of family life, poverty and inequality, gender-based violence, and sexual and reproductive health. Email:kammilan@uj.ac.za

Dr. Natalie Nenadic is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Kentucky. She describes her research as follows: Post-Kantian philosophers (e.g., Nietzsche, Heidegger, Arendt, Levinas) have, in their respective ways, interpreted the history of the modern era and its philosophy as being about a kind of freedom that has also undermined freedom. I contribute to this tradition by showing this freedom’s problematic relation to women through a two-part project. The first part shows the gendered freedom in Hegel’s enterprise and the evolution of this gendered freedom into a form that prevails today, both of which advance and conceal abuses of women. The second part makes creative use of Heidegger’s analysis of modern freedom’s culmination in technology to illuminate the harms of Internet-age pornography in a way that is distinct from but contributes to feminism’s analysis of pornography’s harms.

Sachiko Osawa is a visiting researcher at the University of Tokyo, Japan, researching the prevalence of sexual violence on campus, and social movements to address the issue within higher education institutions. She is the Executive Director of Chabujo (Chabudai Gaeshi Joshi Action) - a grassroots campaign organization in Tokyo empowering citizens to take action for gender equality - and has led multiple campaigns tackling gender inequality, particularly around issues of sexual violence and consent. In 2016-2017, she was one of the lead organizers for a national campaign that succeeded in changing the penal code for sex crimes for the first time in 110 years. Currently she is organizing student leaders and staff members to make consent education mandatory in universities across Japan, and works with various communities and groups to build their capacity and leadership to stop sexual violence. She works with Dr. Marshall Ganz at Harvard Kennedy School in the Harvard Executive Education Program Leadership, Organizing and Action: Leading Change, and has trained non-profit leaders and activists in the value-based community organizing model across a wide range of fields including gender equality, environmental justice, youth engagement, workers’ rights, etc.

Dr. Heike Pantelmann is the academic coordinator of Gender and Diversity in Teaching at the Margherita von Brentano Center (MvBZ) at Freie Universität Berlin. She is a member of the women’s council of Freie Universität Berlin and a gender equality officer at MvBZ. Her work covers the areas of gender, diversity, and diversity management; gender order/gender relations in organizations; power and control in organizations; and discourse analysis. She has provided input on sexual harassment in international higher education contexts at the annual congress of the association of political science at Goehte Universität Frankfurt am Main in September 2018, at the #wetooinscience conference in Pisa, Italy in September 2018, and at the international conference “Perspectives and Discourses on Sexual Harassment in International Higher Education Contexts” at Freie Universität Berlin in June 2018.

Dr. Ruth Preser is assistant professor at Tel-Hai Academic College. She is a scholar in the field of cultural studies, combining feminist and queer theory and empirically informed inquiry. Dr. Preser studies forms of citizenship, the public sphere and politics of belonging in the context of kinship, migration, diasporic cultures and urban environments. She is a co-founder of the Haifa Feminist Institute - Archive, Library and Research Center, and a member of the Lexicon for Political Theory research group at the Minerva Humanities Center in Tel-Aviv University. 

Dr. Rukmini Sen is Professor in Sociology, School of Liberal Studies, Ambedkar University Delhi. She has a Master’s degree from JNU and a PhD degree in Sociology from University of Calcutta, India. She has taught at the WB National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata, India, worked at the Centre for Women's Development Studies, New Delhi, and is currently teaching courses in Sociology and Gender Studies at Ambedkar University Delhi. She teaches and researches around sociology of law, feminist pedagogy, relationships, and intimacies in contemporary India. She is part of a UGC-UKERI collaborative project (2017-2019) titled “Feminist Taleem: Teaching Feminisms, Transforming Lives,” with the University of Edinburgh, UK (https://feministtaleem.net/). Her most recent publication, titled “Reading the Social in Autobiographies: A Glimpse into Everyday Life and History,” is part of an edited volume Knowing the Social World: Methodologies in Sociological Research (2017, Oxford University Press, India). She has recently co-edited two journal special issues:

  • ‘Indian Feminisms, Law Reform and Law Commission of India: Special issue in Honour of Lotika Sarkar’, Journal of Indian Law and Society, published by WB National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata, 6 (Monsoon) JILS, published in 2018
  • 'Power and Relationships in the Academia: Feminist Dilemmas beyond the List-Statement Binary' Economic and Political Weekly Engage, Vol. 42, Issue No. 50, 16th December 2017, available online at http://www.epw.in/engage/special-features/power-relationships-academia

Her forthcoming co-edited book is Trust in Transactions (Orient Blackswan, Hyderabad, India, 2019).

Dr. Karrieann Soto Vega is Assistant Professor of Writing, Rhetoric, and Digital Studies at the University of Kentucky. She received her PhD in Composition and Cultural Rhetoric with a Certificate in Advanced Study in Women and Gender Studies from Syracuse University. Her research and pedagogical interests span decolonial feminist efforts and Puerto Rican nationalism, specifically those enacted by women; social movement rhetoric and transnational feminisms; as well as multimodality, multilingualism, and new media composition practices.

Dr. Karen Tice is a professor of Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Kentucky. She also teaches in the Department of Educational Policy Studies and has received the Provost’s award for teaching excellence.  Her teaching and research interests include transnational feminist movements, solidarity delegations, educational activism, and class and feminist theory. She is currently working on a book manuscript on the history of feminist border crossings and solidarity activism in Cuba and the debates about gender, sexuality, class, race, and radical left politics on solidarity delegations and recently published an article, “The Politics of U.S. Feminist Internationalism and Cuba: Solidarities and Fractures on the Venceremos Brigades,” for the 2018 Special Issue “Feminist Politics and Activism in Reactionary Times,” in Feminist Encounters: A Journal of Critical Studies in Culture and Politics

Dr. Paula-Irene Villa is full professor and chair for Sociology and Gender Studies at LMU München. Since 2013, she's elected member of the board of the German Sociological Association (DGS), and she's served as elected board member of the German Association for Gender Studies - which she co-founded - from 2010 - 2014. Her research focuses on the analysis of biopolitics, i.e. the ambivalent entanglements of society and soma, on Cultural Studies (Pop and Politics, Embodiment within Subcultures such as Tango), on Care & Gender, and on Science/Academia and Gender. She's published widely on gender/social theory (post-structuralism, Butler, Bourdieu, symbolic violence), the sociology of embodiment, beautification and normalization, on feminist body politics, and on German and European "anti-genderism" as part of new nationalist populism. She has (co-)authored or edited 10 books and over 50 papers/chapters in books and (partly peer-reviewed) journals. Villa has directed funded empirical research (e.g. DFG, VW, Humboldt foundations) on Cosmetic Surgery, Food/Fitness, comparative analysis of Gender Equality Programs in academic capitalism, and on popular culture. She writes op-ed pieces in German media, e.g. FAZ Quarterly, taz, etc.

Dr. Li Yun is a professor of English in the School of Foreign Languages in South China University of Technology. Her expertise is in literary and cultural criticism. She has led several research projects and published widely on ethical literary and cultural studies, feminism, and Marxism. Li also engages herself in promoting the women’s rights movement in China, writing articles, drafting proposals and organizing training programs. In 2015 to 2016, she was Chau Hoi Shuen Scholar-in-Residence in the Department of Gender and Women Studies in The University of California-Berkely, doing researches on the writings of Chinese migrant women workers. From 2017 on, she is an invited professor in Institut etudes politiques de Rennes in France, teaching about gender and China.

Dr. Hind Ahmed Zaki received her PhD from the Department of Political Science at the University of Washington. She holds an MA degree in Political Science from the University of Washington and a BA in Political Science from Cairo University. From 2018 through 2020, Zaki will be Harold Grinspoon Junior Research Fellow at the Crown Center for Middle East Studies at Brandeis University. Her research focuses on how women’s rights activists have used the language of rights and renegotiated hegemonic discursive and institutional boundaries to reinvent women’s rights at times of political uncertainty. Her PhD dissertation investigates the ways in which new actors with new identities emerged in the framework of the Arab Spring, creating new forms of feminist mobilization in Tunisia and Egypt. It also critically questions feminist engagement with the state in contexts where the state is a primary violator of women’s rights, especially during political transitions. The broader implication of these findings questions the assumption that democratic transition and gender justice go hand-in-hand. Her field work was funded by a number of grants and fellowships including the project on Middle East Political Science (POMEPS), Open Society Foundations (OSF) and the University of Washington's Chester A. Fritz and Boeing Fellowships for International Research and Study. In addition to her academic work, Hind served as consultant to a number of local women’s rights organizations in Egypt. She was recognized as a "Women of Courage" by the UW Women's Center for her advocacy for women's rights in Egypt.

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