Asale Angel-Ajani, is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Texas at Austin, having recently received her Ph.D. at Stanford University. Her work is centered on incarceration, particularly in the context of African immigration in Europe. While in residence at the Center, she will be working on her manuscript Criminal Crossings: African Women, Prisons, and Transnationality, based in part on extensive fieldwork in the Rebibbia Women’s prison in Rome, Italy. Her talk will explore the meaning of truth, power, and authority within the context of conducting research on incarcerated immigrant women.

Giovanna Di Chiro is Assistant Professor of Environmental Science at Allegheny College and teaches in the area of historical and cultural studies of the environment. During her residency at the Center she will be working on a book entitled Uncommon Expertise: Women, Science, and Environmental Politics, which examines how grassroots environmental actors construct and transform environmental expertise and environmental justice. She has published on the cultural politics of transnational environmental justice movements, including “Nature as Community: The Convergence of Environment and Social Justice” (1998) and “Bearing Witness or Taking Action?: Toxic Tourism and Environmental Justice” (2000).

John Dean, is on the faculty of American Literature and Civilization at the University of Versailles St.-Quentin-en-Yvelines in France, and has taught in French universities since 1976. A wide-ranging Americanist who is particularly active in European American Studies, his books include La Culture populaire amŽricaine (American Popular Culture, U. de Nancy, 1992), European Readings of American Popular Culture (ed., Greenwood Press, 1996) Les MŽdias et l’information aux ƒtats-Unis depuis 1945 (Media in the United States Since 1945, ƒditions Messene, Paris 1997), and several volumes of poetry. While at the Center, Professor Dean will work on the second edition of his book on American popular culture, and on his current book project on the twentieth-century American hero and heroine.

Patricia Fox is Assistant Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Indiana University. Her research includes work on Afro-Hispanic, particularly Cuban, literature and culture, and on Hungarian politics and cultural studies. Her first book, Myth and Rationality: Imagining the Socialist Nation in Post-Revolutionary Cuban and Hungarian Literary and Filmic Narratives, is under revision. While in residence at the Center, she will work on another book project: Improvisation on Uprootedness: Charting Blackness in Latin America and the Caribbean, which is in part a genealogy of African elements in Caribbean culture since the 1940s.

Margaret Jolly is Professor and Head of the Gender Relations Project at the Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies at the Australian National University. She has been at ANU since 1989. One of the world’s distinguished scholars of Pacific Island anthropology and cultural studies, Professor Jolly has published a wide-ranging series of books and articles, including Women of the Place: Kastom, Colonialism and Gender in Vanuatu (1994). A recent manuscript, An Ocean of Difference: Colonialisms, Maternalisms, and Feminisms in the Pacific, is under review. While at the Center, Professor Jolly will pursue research on gender, indigeneity, and diaspora in the Pacific with a particular emphasis on cinema and the visual arts.

Ann Saetnan is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Political Science at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, Norway. Her research focuses on science and technology as they relate to gender and to work. Her co-edited volume, Localizing and Globalizing Reproductive Technologies, was just published by Ohio State University Press. While at the Center, Professor Saetnan will work on her new book project, provisionally titled Ultrasonic Discourse, a mapping of the debates surrounding the use of ultrasound in pregnancy in Norway.