Author Biography

Diana J. Fox is a cultural and applied anthropologist, scholar-activist, and documentary film producer. Her work in Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago over the last three decades has focused on issues of gender and sexual diversity, transnational feminisms, women’s social movement activism for ecological sustainability and the human rights of girls and women. Since 2015, she has worked on gender and climate justice, Maroon women’s Indigeneity, gender inclusive curricula and women’s activist art, conducting field work in Nepal and Japan. Her central research methodology centers around collaborative partnerships to achieve liberatory community goals. She serves on a number of international boards as an expression of collaborative partnership, including the Sexualities Working Group of the Caribbean Studies Association (CSA), the international advisory board of the Fondes Amandes Community Reforestation Project (FACRP) in Trinidad and Tobago; the board of Friends of ADWAN (Association of Dalit Women’s Advancement Nepal), the Asian-African Association for Women, Gender and Sexuality, and is the Founder and Editor of the open access, online Journal of International Women’s Studies. She is the recipient of four Fulbright scholarships as well as other grants and awards, has published a number of books and articles, and is a frequent speaker at conferences, and other public venues. She is the founder and co-editor of the JIWS d1fox@bridgew.edu.

Fawzia Afzal-Khan is Professor of English and a University Distinguished Scholar at Montclair State University in New Jersey. She has recently been a Visiting Professor at NYU Abu Dhabi, as well as serving as Fulbright Scholar teaching Feminist Theory at her alma mater Kinnaird College for Women, Lahore. She works at the intersections of Postcolonial Feminist Literary Criticism and Cultural and Performance Studies and has published 6 books to date. 6th book recently released from Oxford University Press is entitled Siren Song: Understanding Pakistan Through its Women Singers. She has made an award-winning short film of the same title with the help of an NEH grant in 2011, and is a published poet, playwright and memoirist. She is also a trained vocalist in the Indo-Pakistani classical tradition, who has performed internationally and is founder of the Neither East Nor West fusion music ensemble in NYC. She is a long-time Contributing Editor to TDR: The Drama Review (MIT Press) as well as an Advisory Board member of the online journal Arab Stages.