CONTRIBUTORS
sonia e. alvarez is Leonard J. Horowitz Professor of Latin American Politics and Stud-
ies and director of the Center for Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies at the Uni-
versity of Massachusetts, Amherst. She has written extensively on social movements, femi-
nisms, nongovernmental organizations, transnational activism, and democratization. Her
current research centers on the articulation of race and antiracist politics among feminist
movements in Brazil and on the “sidestreaming” of feminist discourses and practices into
parallel social movements throughout the Latin American region. Alvarez has participated
in Latina/women of color feminist, social justice, international solidarity, and antiracist
activism since the 1980s and has maintained manifold connections with Brazilian, Latin
American, and global feminist movements while theorizing with/about them.
kiran asher
is associate professor of international development and social change at
Clark University, Massachusetts. Her diverse research interests, grounded in two decades
of field-based research in Latin America and South Asia, focus on the gendered and raced
dimensions of social and environmental change in the global South. Her publications
include a monograph, Black and Green: Afro-Colombians, Development, and Nature in the Pacific
Lowlands (Duke University Press, 2009). She is currently working on a theoretical and po-
litical critique of the development theories and postdevelopment proposals by drawing on
political-economic and feminist approaches in a postcolonial frame.
victoria (vicky) m. bañales
received her Ph.D. from the University of California,
Santa Cruz, in literature with a parenthetical notation in feminist studies. Her dissertation
is titled “Twentieth-Century Latin American and U.S. Latina Women’s Literature and the
Paradox of Dictatorship and Democracy.” She is tenured English faculty at Cabrillo College,
which is located along the coast of Santa Cruz in California, and lives with her husband,
son, and three cats in Watsonville.
marisa belausteguigoitia rius
is chair of the Gender Studies Program of the Na-
tional Autonomous University of Mexico (unam). She earned her Ph.D. in ethnic studies,
with emphasis on gender, race and sexuality, at the University of California, Berkeley. She
is professor at the School of Humanities in the areas of Latin American studies, Latino and
gender studies, and pedagogy at unam. She has written numerous articles on the topics of
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