Barbara Ransby is professor of Gender and Women’s Studies, African American Studies, and History at the University of Illinois-Chicago (UIC) and former director of the Gender & Women’s Studies Program. She currently serves as Interim Vice Provost for Planning and Programs at UIC. She is the award-winning author of Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement: A Radical Democratic Vision (UNC Press, 2003). Ransby is currently working on two major research projects: a study of African American feminist organizations in the 1970s and a political biography of Eslanda Cardozo Goode Robeson, entitled: Eslanda: The Large and Unconventional Life of Mrs. Paul Robeson (Yale University Press, 2012). Dr. Ransby received her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. She has published articles in scholarly and academic venues and serves on the board of numerous community based organizations and is the consultant to a number of documentary film projects. She is on the editorial board of the London-based journal, Race and Class, and the national advisory board of Imagining America, a consortium of colleges and universities supporting scholars and artists in public life. Professor Ransby is also a long time community activist with a history in the Anti-Apartheid and Black feminist movements.
Vicki L. Ruiz is Dean of the School of Humanities and Professor of History and Chicano/Latino Studies at the University of California, Irvine. She is the author Cannery Women, Cannery Lives and From Out of the Shadows: Mexican Women in 20th Century America. She and Virginia Sánchez Korrol co-edited the three-volume Latinas in the United States: A Historical Encyclopedia, which received a 2007 Best in Reference Award from the New York Public Library. She is a fellow of the Society of American Historians and past president of the Organization of American Historians, the Berkshire Conference of Women’s Historians, and the American Studies Association. She serves on the national advisory board for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.
Marc Stein is a professor of history, sexuality studies, and women’s studies at York University in Toronto. He is the author of City of Sisterly and Brotherly Loves: Lesbian and Gay Philadelphia (University of Chicago Press, 2000), Sexual Injustice: Supreme Court Decisions from Griswold to Roe (University of North Carolina Press, 2011), and the forthcoming Rethinking the Gay and Lesbian Movement (Routledge, 2012). He also has served as the coordinating editor of Gay Community News in Boston (1988-89), the chair of the Committee on Lesbian and Gay History (an affiliated society of the American Historical Association, 2000-2003), the editor-in-chief of the award-winning Encyclopedia of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender History in America (Scribners, 2003), and the founding coordinator of the Sexuality Studies Program at York (2006-2009).