Wang Zheng

WANG Zheng is Professor of Women's Studies and History and Research Scientist at the Institute for Research on Women and Gender at University of Michigan. She is the author of Finding Women in the State: A Socialist Feminist Revolution in the People’s Republic of China, 1949-1964; Women in the Chinese Enlightenment: Oral and Textual Histories and the coeditor of From the Soil: The Foundations of Chinese Society; Translating Feminisms in China; and Some of Us: Chinese Women Growing Up in the Mao Era. An academic activist who has been promoting feminist curricular transformation in higher education in China, Wang Zheng is the founder and co-director of the UM-Fudan Joint Institute for Gender Studies that is located at Fudan University, Shanghai.


Elisabeth armstrong

Elisabeth Armstrong is a Professor in the Program for the Study of Women and Gender at Smith College. She teaches courses on feminism, land and labor-based social justice movements around the world. She’s written two books on the praxis of organizing, one about India called Gender and Neoliberalism: The All India Democratic Women’s Association and Globalization Politics(2013), and one about the US called The Retreat from Organization: US Feminism Reconceptualized (2002). She is an executive board member of Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research based in Latin America, Africa and South Asia.  She is on the editorial board of Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism Kohl: A Journal for Body and Gender Research, a queer feminist journal on gender and sexuality in the Middle East and North Africa regions.

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Kristen R. Ghodsee

Kristen R. Ghodsee is professor of Russian and East European Studies and a member of the Graduate Group in Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania. She is an author and ethnographer who has spent the last thirty years studying the lived experiences of socialism and postsocialism in Eastern Europe. She is the author of nine books, including seven that focus on everyday life and the social, political, and economic upheavals following the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.  Her articles and essays have been translated into over a dozen languages and have appeared in publications such as Foreign AffairsDissentJacobin MagazineThe Lancet, The New RepublicAeon, The World Policy Journal, The Baffler, The Washington Post, and The New York Times.

She has held residential research fellowships at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey; the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University; the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington DC; the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies in Germany; the Imre Kertész Kolleg at the Friedrich-Schiller-Universität in Jena, Germany; the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany; and at the Aleksanteri Institute of the University of Helsinki in Finland. 

In 2012, Ghodsee was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship for her work in Anthropology and Cultural Studies.