Susan F. Hirsch, a cultural anthropologist, is Associate Professor in the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (ICAR) at George Mason University and Director of CAR, ICAR’s undergraduate program. She received her B.A. from Yale University and her Ph.D. from Duke University, both in Anthropology. Her training in legal anthropology led to research on conflict and culture, Islam, gender relations, and the legal systems of East Africa. Her book, Pronouncing and Persevering: Gender and the Discourses of Disputing in an African Islamic Court, is an ethnographic analysis of how gender relations are negotiated through marital disputes heard in Kenyan Islamic courts. She has conducted extensive fieldwork in Kenya and Tanzania since 1985. She has held residential fellowships at the National Humanities Center, the Kluge Center at the Library of Congress (Rockefeller Fellowship), the American Bar Foundation, and Northwestern University’s Law and Social Science Program. Her academic publications include Contested States: Law, Hegemony, and Resistance (co-edited with Mindie Lazarus-Black) and numerous articles on law reform, gender and conflict, reflexive and participatory research, and language in the disputing process, in edited volumes and journals, such as Law and Social Inquiry and Africa Today. She is currently on the editorial board of the Law and Society Review and the American Ethnologist. Susan’s newly released book, In the Moment of Greatest Calamity: Terrorism, Grief and a Victim’s Quest for Justice is about her experiences of 1998 East African Embassy bombings and the subsequent trial.
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