Penny Johnson is an independent researcher and Research Associate at the Institute of Women’s Studies at Birzeit University, where she is co-editor of the Institute’s Review of Women’s Studies. She is also an associate editor of the Jerusalem Quarterly. Her recent publications include “Violence All Around Us: Dilemmas of Global and Local Agendas Addressing Violence Against Palestinian Women: An Initial Intervention” (Cultural Dynamics, July 2008), and “Tales of Strength and Danger: Sahar and the Tactics of Everyday Life in Amari Refugee Camp, Palestine” (Signs, Spring 2007). She also contributed a chapter to Living Palestine, ed. Lisa Taraki (2006), a collaborative research initiative of the Institute of Women’s Studies.
Suad Joseph is Professor of Anthropology and Women and Gender Studies at the University of California, Davis, where she is the founding Director of the Middle East/South Asia Studies Program. She has also served as Director of Women and Gender Studies. She received the UC–Davis Distinguished Scholarly Public Service Award in 2004. She founded the Association for Middle East Women’s Studies (AMEWS); the Arab Families Working Group; and the Middle East Research Group in Anthropology, which evolved into the Middle East Section of the American Anthropological Association. She also founded the Consortium of the American University of Beirut, the American University in Cairo, the Lebanese American University, UC–Davis, and Birzeit University. Her research focuses on family, gender, citizenship, and youth in the Middle East, primarily in her native Lebanon. She is the general editor of the six-volume Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures (Brill, 2003–2008), the first of its kind. She has edited and co-edited seven books and published around 100 articles, book chapters, and targeted-circulation research contributions.