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Bree Akesson has more than a decade of experience working with children, families, and communities affected by poverty, war, and disaster. She is currently a Vanier Graduate Scholar at McGill University’s School of Social Work, where she is conducting research with children and families affected by political violence. She also consults as a research associate for the Columbia Group for Children in Adversity, offering technical assistance to governments, operational agencies, and policymakers. In addition to research, she is a practicing social work clinician, providing psychosocial support to children and families affected by trauma for the Child Psychiatric Epidemiology Group in New York City.

Clovis Bergère is a PhD Candidate in Childhood Studies at Rutgers University-Camden. His dissertation focuses on emerging digital cultures amongst urban youth in Guinea. He is particularly interested in the intersecting geographies of urban and virtual associations and the changing contours of youth in urban Guinea. This project is also concerned with inventive methods of social research, particularly cyber-ethnography and visual methodologies. His current work and research builds on his previous experience working as a teacher in Guinea, as well as over seven years as a local government manager in Children Services in London, UK, where he worked in sports development, children's play and education.

Phillip Buckley is assistant professor in the educational administration program at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and teaches courses in education law, education policy and governance, and research methodology. He is an interdisciplinary scholar with interests in law, rights, childhood, and politics in the context of education. His current work focuses on the relationship between student speech rights law, conceptions of childhood, and conceptions of citizenship. Before joining the faculty at SIUE, he earned his Ph.D. in Education, Culture, and Society at the University of Pennsylvania, where he also taught education law and education policy courses. He also holds his JD degree from George Washington University. The piece he is presenting at the symposium, Subjects, citizens, or civic learners? Judicial conceptions of childhood and the speech rights of American public school students, has been accepted for publication in Childhood.

Agnes Zenaida V. Camacho is theSenior Programme Officer at the Psychosocial Support and Children’s Rights Resource Center in Quezon City, The Philippines. She has worked and published on childhood and children's rights issues such as on child labour, child migration, children in prostitution, child trafficking, child soldiers, children in situations of armed conflict, as well as children's participation and research ethics since 1990. She is currently a Ph.D. Candidate (Social Science) at Radboud University Nijmegen. She holds an MA in Development Studies from the International Institute of Social Studies in The Hague, The Netherlands, and an undergraduate in degree in Political Science from the University of the Philippines in Diliman. She was a recipient of the Academic Distinction Award from the President of the University of the Philippines System in 1999 for her research on "Family, Child Labor and Migration." Agnes has conducted research, monitoring and evaluation consultancies for various local and international organizations in several countries, including Thailand, Vietnam, East Timor, Pakistan, Nepal, Peru, and Ethiopia.

Virginia Caputo (Ph.D., Social Anthropology, York University) is an Associate Professor and Director of the Landon Pearson Research Centre for the Study of Childhood and Children’s Rights at Carleton University. She is one of the founders and managing editor of the new Canadian Journal of Children’s Rights. Virginia’s interdisciplinary work focuses on girlhoods, gendered childhoods, and the changing contours of young people’s lives in an era of globalization. She has published articles on such topics as theoretical and conceptual approaches in childhood studies, children’s rights, gender and schooling, children and violence, and music and gender in young people’s lives. Her current research focuses on children and food justice.

Chiara Diana is currently completing a Ph.D. in Social History of Egypt and Middle East Studies at Institut de Recherches et d’Etudes sur le Monde Arabe et Musulman (IREMAM) / Aix-Marseille University (France). Her thesis research deals with the development of Early- Childhood Care and Education System in Egypt between national and international policies during the Hosni Mubarak era (1981-2011). She received her M.A. in Middle East Studies from the University of Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris III (France), where she has taught for four years. She received her B.A. in Arabic language from the University of Naples L’Orientale (Italy). She lived for several years in Cairo (Egypt) where she conducted field research and worked as an education expert for an Italian NGO, COSPE Egypt, in a development project implemented in Giza suburbs. Her current research interests include childhood and youth, education and globalization, children and women’s rights in Arab countries, activism and political socialization of children and young generation in revolutionary contexts. She has written articles and chapters about education, globalization and islamization in Egypt, and fieldwork research methodology. She has conducted research on translation movements from Italian to Arabic in the Mediterranean area for Transeuropeennes, Anna Lindh Foundation and University of Naples L’Orientale. She has a forthcoming work entitled “Children’s Citizenship: Revolution and the Seeds of an Alternative Future in Egypt” in Herrera Linda (ed.) and Sakr Rehab, Wired Citizenship: Youth Learning and Activism in the Middle East. New York: Routledge (March 2014). For more information click on https://univ-amu.academia.edu/ChiaraDiana

Ekaterina Evdokimova graduated from St. Petersburg State University’s Department of Special Psychology, which is concerned with people with inborn impairments such as blindness, deafness, mental impairment, Down’s syndrome, infantile cerebral paralysis and autism, in 2001. Her career interest was always to work with children and youth with different impairments. Her university courses and work concerned primarily how to develop and implement individual programs of development for children or adults with special needs, and how to overcome the difficulties encountered in this process. Even before graduating, she began to work in the domain of my specialty. In December 2010, she finished her Master of Arts program in Development Studies at the International Institute of Social Studies (Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands). Her specialization was Children and Youth Studies and was focused on the creation of programs and projects for improving the quality of life for children and young people in developing countries. She is currently doing Ph.D. research at the International Institute of Social Studies.She is investigating the fulfillment and violation of the rights of children with impairments living at institutions in St. Petersburg. The main objective of the research is to identify the factors which lead to the institutionalization of children with severe impairments, factors which help parents of such children to care for them at home, and the way in which national legislation contributes to this situation.

Kate Grim-Feinberg is a Lecturer and Academic Advisor in LAS Global Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She earned her Ph.D. in Sociocultural and Linguistic Anthropology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research looks at post-conflict educational policy and practice among primary school children in Andean Peru. She conducted ethnographic fieldwork with children and their families in a highland Quechua community between 2008 and 2011.

Gail M. Ferguson, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Studies and an affiliated faculty member of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research centers on youth acculturation, cultural identity, and wellbeing, particularly among Caribbean adolescents on the islands and in North America. Dr. Ferguson is currently studying two modern forms of youth acculturation linked to 21st century globalization. These are: 1) Remote Acculturation among non-immigrant youth who acculturate towards distant cultures via remote exposure (e.g., “Americanization” of youth in the Caribbean), and 2) Tridimensional Acculturation among immigrant youth in multicultural nations who acculturate towards majority and minority cultures in their societies.

Dr. Brian Gran is a sociologist and lawyer whose research focuses on children’s rights and institutions that support and hinder their enforcement. He has published books (most recently The Handbook of Sociology and Human Rights with David Brunsma and Keri Iyall Smith) and articles, including in Polish and Norwegian. In addition to directing a program on children’s rights, Dr. Gran serves on the Steering Committee and Council of the Science and Human Rights Project of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He recently was a Fulbright Scholar in Iceland where he taught and undertook research on children’s rights.

Olivia Anne M. Habana, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor at the Department of History, School of Social Sciences at the Ateneo de Manila University. She finished her Ph.D. in Philippine Studies at the University of the Philippines in 2009. She has co-authored a series of textbooks in English and Filipino on Philippine, Asian and World History for the High School Level (Lupang Hinirang) ( 2000, 2003), Asia: History, Civilization and Culture (2007), and World History for Filipinos (2011), and Our Beloved Country (2012). Other recent publications include “American Schoolbooks in Philippine Classrooms, 1900-1912” in Huck, Christian, Bauerschmidt, Stefan (eds.) (2012), Travelling Goods/Travelling Moods: Varieties of Cultural Appropriation, 1850-1950, Frankfurt am Mein: Campus Verlag Gmbh, (2012) and Rebuilding Democracy: The Ateneo de Manila University in the 1980’s (2010). Current research interests are the history of colonial childhood and the history of education in the Philippines. She is also active in Cultural Heritage Preservation Studies and is part of the research consortium called the Ateneo Cultural Laboratory, which gives students hands-on experience as historical and cultural researchers, while also contributing to the tourism, marketing, and cultural preservation needs of selected communities.

Edmund "Ted Hamann is an Associate Professor in the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Teacher Education at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. An anthropologist of education, he is particularly interested in the conceptualizations of newcomers and related crafting of education policy that is precipitated by the transnational movement of children between the U.S. and Mexico. He has collaborated with Mexican colleagues Vìctor Zúñiga and Juan Sánchez Garcia for 10 years on a mixed methods study of students in Mexican schools with prior experience in the U.S. Some relevant publications include ICE Raids, Children, Media and Making Sense of Latino Newcomers in Flyover Country (2012), Schooling and the Everyday Ruptures Transnational Children Encounter in the United States and Mexico (2011), Education in the New Latino Diaspora (2010), and Alumnos transnacionales: Las escuelas mexicanas frente a la globalizacion (2008).

Alysa Handelsman is a Ph.D. candidate in Sociocultural Anthropology at the University of Michigan. Her dissertation research focuses on (street) children, family, property, and violence in Guayaquil, Ecuador's shantytowns, and she is currently conducting community historiography projects in the shantytowns where she works. Handelsman is also interested in the ways in which children, primarily afro-descendants, think about, experience, imagine, and talk about race and racism in Guayaquil. Anthropological methods and methodologies in conducting research with children is another primary interest of hers. Her doctoral research is funded by the Social Science Research Council, the National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant (Award #1225317), and the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program.

Kirk O. Hauser is a research scholar at the University of Illinois and a licensed clinical psychologist. He earned a Ph.D. from the University of North Texas and a Doctor of Psychotherapy from the Institute for Psychoanalysis, Chicago. A war veteran of Vietnam, he studied the aftermath of war in Zanzibar, Uganda, and Liberia, traveling to interview various political, military, and rebel leaders, former soldiers, including child soldiers, and others caught in the atrocities of war. His interests in different theoretical underpinnings and approaches used in psychotherapy led him to present a class on psychoanalytic theory at the Tehran Psychiatric Institute. His interests have also led him to various engagements in violent neighborhoods of Chicago.

Lauren Heidbrink is an anthropologist and Assistant Professor in the Social and Behavioral Sciences and Director of the graduate program in Public Policy at National Louis University in Chicago, Illinois. She received a doctorate in anthropology from Johns Hopkins University and a joint Master of Arts and Master of Science in International Public Service Management from DePaul University. Her research and teaching interests include childhood and youth, transnational migration, performance and identity, law at the margins of the state and Latin America. Over the last fifteen years, Dr. Heidbrink has worked in the fields of international public health and human rights in Latin America and in Lusophone Africa. She spent several years working with torture survivors seeking political asylum in the United States. She has a forthcoming ethnography entitled, Migrant Youth, Transnational Families, and the State: Care and Contested Interests (University of Pennsylvania Press, May 2014). Selections of her work also appear in Children’s Legal Rights Journal (Spring 2013); Emerging Perspectives on Children in Migratory Circumstances (2013); and in Transnational Migration, Gender and Rights (2012).

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Dr. Luciana-Marioara JINGA is researcher at The Institute for the Investigation of Communist Crimes and the Memory of the Romanian Exile, where she is currently head of the Research Department. Since September 2011 she holds a Ph.D. in history with a research on the women within the Romanian Communist Party, 1944-1989. She is research associate at UMR CNRS 6258, Universite d’Angers, France and Loire Centre for Romanian Studies. She is particularly interested in gender-related research (women political activism, pronatalist politics) but also in the history of life sciences (biology, genetics, medicine) during the second half of the twentieth century. Her last publications are coauthor The Demographic program of Nicolae Ceausescu’s regime--A comparative study, (Corina Dobos, Florin Soare) vol. I, Polirom, Iasi, 2010, 370 p., coauthor and coordinator of the second volume Institutions and practices, (Corina Dobos, Florin Soare) Polirom, Iasi, 2011, 310 p., "Citoyennete et Travail des Femmes dans la Roumanie Communiste," in History of Communism in Europe, vol. III-Communism, Nationalism, and State Building in Post-War Europe, Zeta Books, Bucuresti, 2012, pp. 81-108, coordinator, Intre transformare si adaptar. Avataruri ale vieti cotidiene in timpul regimului comunist din Romania [Between transformation and adaptation. Avatars of everyday life during the communist regime in Romania], The Yearbook of the Institute for the Investigation of Communist Crimes and the Memory of the Romanian Exile, vol. VIII, 2013, Polirom, Iasi, 286 p.

Sandra F. Joireman is The Weinstein Chair of International Studies and Professor of Political Science at the University of Richmond. She received her B.A. in Anthropology and Political Science from Washington University in St. Louis. Joireman received her M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles. She specializes in comparative political economy with an emphasis on Africa. Joireman has been a Fulbright scholar at the American University of Kosovo and the University of Addis Ababa with the Institute for Development Research. She has been a visiting researcher at Makerere University in Uganda with the Makerere Institute for Social Research and with Queen Elizabeth House International Development Centre at Oxford University. She has also taught at Meserete Kristos College in Debre Zeit, Ethiopia. Joireman is the author of Where There is No Government: Enforcing property rights in common law Africa (2011), Church, State and Citizen (2009), Nationalism and Political Identity (2003), Property Rights & Political Development in Ethiopia & Eritrea (2000), and Institutional Change in the Horn of Africa: The Allocation of Property Rights and Implications for Development. She has written numerous articles on property rights and legal development most recently appearing in The Journal of Political Geography, World Development, Comparative Politics, Constitutional Political Economy and Law & Society Review. Joireman has conducted field research in Ethiopia, Eritrea, Ghana, Kenya, Kosovo, Liberia, and Uganda.

Ana Kassouf is a full Professor in the Department of Economics at University of Sao Paulo. She has published extensively in English and in Portuguese on education, child labor and social programs in Brazil, including articles in Journal of Development Economics, Economic Development and Cultural Change, Applied Economics, and the Brazilian Review of Econometrics. She has held three post-doctoral positions, two at the London School of Economics and one in Applied Economics at the University of Minnesota and has served as a consultant several times for the International Labour Organization, Unesco and the World Bank. She obtained her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 1993.

Shenila Khoja-Moolji is a doctoral student and research fellow at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her research interests include Muslim youth identity, gender and sexual citizenship, curriculum theory, postcolonial theory, and poststructuralist feminist theory. She has taught courses on Muslim cultures, gender relations, social foundations of education, and ethics of engagement at the Department of History and Philosophy at the State University of New York at Old Westbury, and the Department of Elementary and Childhood Education at Queens College, City University of New York. Prior to being at Columbia University, Shenila attended the Divinity School at Harvard University where she graduated with a Master of Theological Studies focusing on Islamic studies and gender.

Madeleine Leonard is a Professor of Sociology at Queen’s University, Belfast. Her main research interest is in teenagers’ everyday experiences of growing up in politically sensitive societies and she has carried out research into the perceptions and experiences of Catholic and Protestant teenagers growing up in Belfast as part of an ESRC project "Conflict in Cities and the Contested State"--www.conflictincities.org. She has also carried out research with Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot teenagers growing up in Nicosia funded by the British Council. She is currently writing two books. The first is entitled Children, Childhood and Generation and is due to published by Sage in 2015. The second is entitled If Walls Could Talk: Teens and Territory in Post-Conflict Belfast and is due to be published by Manchester University Press in 2015.

Ashley Do Nascimento is an M.A. Candidate in the Child and Youth Studies Department at Brock University, Ontario. Ashley conducts research within the favelas (slums) of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, looking specifically at the effects of colonization on the lives of young people. Her research assesses the various relationships in Child and Youth Care (CYC) work and the intersections between herself and various young people in Brazil she encountered. Her research looks to the importance of understanding the greater historical, social and political contexts that affect the work carried out by CYC workers out and how it can create an intersectionality in worker-client relations. Her research interests include the sociology of childhood, the importance of greater historical, social and political contexts in CYC work; the impact of colonization in Brazil in relation to inequalities for those living within the favelas; race and racism in Brazil; the dual roles of researchers/ethnographers/child and youth care workers and volunteers; and CYC work relationships. Her focus is situated within the lives of the young people living within the favelas in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Dr. Christine Nutter-El Ouardani is a sociocultural and medical anthropologist, currently serving as a lecturer in the Department of Comparative Human Development at the University of Chicago. Her research, informed by both her anthropological training and her professional training in clinical psychology, examines global mental health practices and the impact of violence on the lives of children and youth in Morocco and North America. She is currently working on a book manuscript, Discipline and Development: NegotiatingChildhood and Authority in Rural Morocco, based on her dissertation research. In it, she examines the way in which international development initiatives are influencing the everyday lives of children and youth in a Moroccan village Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Fulbright-Hays, the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, and the American Institute for Maghib Studies. Next year, she will be joining the Department of Human Development at California State University Long Beach as an assistant professor.

Harla Sara Octarra is currently in the first year of her Ph.D. She has Bachelor Degree in Psychology from Atma Jaya Catholic University in Indonesia, and a Masters Degree in Childhood Studies from the University of Edinburgh. Before beginning her Masters in 2012, she worked for eight years as a workshop facilitator and researcher in the field of children’s rights and children in special circumstances (i.e. victims of conflict and street children) across Indonesia. Most of her experience was garnered while she was working for Yayasan ARTI (Action Research and Training Institute). She has co-written several training modules and research reports. These include children’s rights learning materials for the Ministry of Women Empowerment and Child Protection Republic of Indonesia, a research report on street children for the International Labour Organization (ILO)-IPEC project and another report for World Health Organization (WHO) Jakarta. Her interest is in children’s rights "talk" in policies and at present she is exploring such "talk" in Scotland.

As part of her skills development, she has training in NGO management and leadership. Being a leader in organisations during and since her undergraduate years, along with considerable work experience, she has had the opportunity to share her knowledge and experience globally and learn from a diverse range of people. She participated in JENESYS (Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths) East Asia Future Leaders program, is a Chevening Scholar, and currently is a recipient of Beasiswa Pendidikan Indonesia (Indonesia Endowment Fund for Education) scholarship.

David Oswell is Professor and Head of the Department of Sociology, Goldsmiths, University of London. He has published Pleasure Principles (1992), Television, Childhood and the Home (2002), Culture and Society (2006), Cultural Theory, Vol 1-4 (2010), and The Agency of Children (2013). His research considers both cultural theory and the relations between childhood, image, and power. Currently he is working on two related projects concerning, firstly, a theorising of the value of children in neoliberal political economy and, secondly, a history of the imaging of child sexual abuse in the context of a demand for children's human rights.

Eileen Prescott is studying philosophy, international studies, and economics at Bradley University with the intent to proceed to law school and study international human rights law. She serves as the membership chair of the International Affairs Organization and as a volunteer team leader for the Red Cross’s International Humanitarian Law Campaign on Bradley’s campus, which seeks to raise awareness of international humanitarian law, such as the international laws against the use of child soldiers. Bridging multicultural gaps is also of great importance to her, and she is currently the cultural chair of the Asian-American Association at Bradley, as well as a past president of the American Sign Language Club. As she has a particular interest in trial law, she is also a member of Bradley’s pre-law club and mock trial team.

Marcela Raffaelli is a professor in the Department of Human & Community Development at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she studies child and adolescent development in culturally and economically diverse families. She received her B.A. from Williams College and her Ph.D.. from the University of Chicago in 1990. She held post-doctoral positions at Johns Hopkins and Rutgers, then was a faculty member at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln before moving to the University of Illinois in 2008. Her research focuses on gender and sexuality, immigrant adaptation, and child development under conditions of stress and socioeconomic deprivation. A central feature of this work is the application of models of developmental risk and resilience to immigrant and impoverished youth and their families.

Casmeer Reyes is an undergraduate student at the Institute of International Studies at Bradley University. She is the events coordinator of the university’s International Affairs Organization and a member of the Anti-Slavery Coalition. In partnership with the Central Illinois Chapter of the American Red Cross, she is co-leading a team of students to construct an International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Action Campaign. This initiative aims to raise awareness about the experiences of child soldiers and the international legal standards protecting children from military recruitment or use in conflicts.

Monica Ruiz-Casares, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor in the Division of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry, and Associate Faculty at the Centre for Research on Children and Families and the School of Social Work at McGill University. She is also a Scientific Advisor at the Centre de Sante et des Services Sociaux de la Montagne in Montreal, QC, where she evaluates health and social programs with ethno-culturally diverse families. She obtained a M.Sc. in Program Planning and Evaluation and a Ph.D. in Policy Analysis and Management/Human Services Studies from Cornell University. She also holds a Law degree from Universidad Pontificia Comillas-ICADE (Spain) and a M.A. in International Development from The George Washington University. She completed her Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Department of Psychiatry at McGill University. She leads mixed-methods studies related to child protection and wellbeing cross-culturally, mainly in contexts of parent-child separation such as children home alone in Canada and children in alternative care in Namibia, Laos, and Liberia. She also studies ethical and methodological issues involved in research with children. Some hyperlinks: http://www.medicine.mcgill.ca/psychiatry/faculty/facultydir_show.asp?ID=276; http://www.mcgill.ca/crcf/faculty/mruiz

Maria Schmeeckle studies extended families and kinship, adult children in stepfamilies, and more recently, marginalized children from a global perspective. She serves on the board of the Council on Contemporary Families and teaches courses about children, marriage, and family. Dr. Schmeeckle is on a team developing an international strategic plan for implementation at her university. She has facilitated workshops for teachers who want their courses to be more globally engaged. Dr. Schmeeckle is preparing articles about children in street situations, orphans, and foster care globally. Her publications appear inHumanity and Society, the Routledge Handbook of Family Communication, the Encyclopedia of Human Relationships, theJournal of Marriage and Family, and the Journal of Family Issues.

Jessica K. Taft's research focuses on the political lives of children and youth in North and South America. She has ongoing intellectual interests in the role of young people in social change, the gendered meaning of politics, and the complex relationship between political cultures, identities, and practices. Her scholarship engages with several disparate sociological and interdisciplinary fields, including work on political consciousness, youth cultures, childhood studies, social movements, globalization, and feminist theory. Her first book, Rebel Girls: Youth Activism and Social Change Across the Americas (NYU 2011), is an ethnography of teenage girl activists in five cities in North and South America. She has also published numerous articles on topics related to youth politics, including "girl power" discourses, girls'organizations and ideas about the public sphere, and peer-driven political socialization amongst activist youth. She is currently working on a book manuscript on intergenerational collaboration in Peruvian working children's movement. She is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Davidson College and a Visiting Fellow at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies at Notre Dame. She holds a BA in Women's and Gender Studies from Macalester College and a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California at Santa Barbara.

Miriam Thangaraj is a Ph.D. candidate in Comparative and International Education at the Dept. of Educational Policy Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research interests encompass global education and development discourses on schooling, childhood and vulnerability. She is interested, in particular, in how policy constructions of “child labor”--and the “rehabilitation” of child workers in state schools--shape the daily lives of children and families. She is currently writing her dissertation, Silks, Schools, SEZs: The reconstruction of Childhood, supported by the Avril Barr Fellowship, at the School of Education, UW-Madison. Framed as a conversation between Anthropology of Policy and Childhood Studies, her dissertation draws on 20 months of ethnographic fieldwork in a community of weavers in Kanchipuram, India. In it, she considers the situated effects of trans-nationally mandated child labor prohibitions in weaving, tracing the movement of children off the loom and into a series of unregulated, loosely-coupled spaces--in particular, the industrial "special economic zone '’ that epitomize the state’s neoliberal regime. Her fieldwork was supported by an International Dissertation Research Fellowship from the Social Sciences Research Council, NY.

Robin Fretwell Wilson is the Roger and Stephany Joslin Professor of Law and Director of the Family Law and Policy Program at the University of Illinois College of Law, where her scholarship focuses on healthcare law, bioethics, family law, and children and violence. She is the author of seven books, including Health Law and Bioethics: Cases in Context (Aspen, 2008, with Joan Krause, Sandra Johnson, and Richard Saver, eds.), Reconceiving the Family: Critical Reflections on the American Law Institute’s Principles of the Law of Family Dissolution (Cambridge University Press, 2006, ed.); The Handbook of Children, Culture & Violence (Sage Publications, 2006, with Nancy Dowd and Dorothy Singer, eds.); Same-Sex Marriage and Religious Liberty (Rowman & Littlefield, 2008, with Douglas Laycock and Anthony Picarello, eds.); Domestic Relations: Cases and Materials, 7th edition (Foundation Press, 2013, with Walter Wadlington and Raymond C. O’Brien); Understanding Family Law, 4th edition (LexisNexis, 2013, with John DeWitt Gregory and Peter N. Swisher); and Strategies and Techniques for Teaching Family Law (Aspen Publishers, 2014). Her work has been featured in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and the Wall Street Journal. A member of the American Law Institute, Professor Wilson has worked extensively on behalf of state law reform efforts. In 2007, she received the Citizen’s Legislative Award for her work on changing Virginia’s informed consent law. Professor Wilson is the past Chair of the Section on Law, Medicine & Health Care of the Association of American Law Schools, as well as the Section on Family and Juvenile Law. Professor Wilson may be reached at wils@illinois.edu.

Dr. Josephine Wouango completed her Ph.D. in political and social sciences at the University of Liege (Belgium) in 2012. Her doctoral research entitled “Public action in fight against child labour in Burkina Faso, West Africa: Policies, actors, dynamic of actions and controversies,” combines a socio-historical approach and an ethnographic study of public policies and public actions relating to the fight against child labour in this country. From November 2012 to 2013, she was a Research Fellow at the Laval University (Canada), where she worked on the Quebec’s Youth Protection Act in link with the parental educational practises and interculturality. Dr. Wouango joined the University of Reading (UK) in February 2014 as a PostDoctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Geography and Environmental Science. She is currently working on a research project that investigates “bereavement, care and family relations in urban Senegal” and that aims to identify the policy and practice implications for social protection and poverty alleviation. Her research interests are children’s rights, children and youth survival strategies to cope with difficult circumstances, legal and local forms of child protection in sub-Sahara Africa, public policies, international development and poverty alleviation.

Margaret Zeddies is an instructor in the sociology department at Grand Rapids Community College. She previously taught at Western Michigan University and at Dongguk University in Gyeongju, South Korea. She earned her M.Phil. from the Norwegian Centre for Child Research (NOSEB) at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, Norway. Her research interests center on transnational youth and the social construction of place-based identities through travel and voluntourism. She has also worked with refugee youth from Palestine and sub-Saharan Africa. The piece she is presenting at the symposium, "Beyond Borders: Voluntourism and the Construction of a Global Community through Childhood" has been accepted for publication in a specialissue on nation and childhood in the journal Global Studies of Childhood.

Dr. Waganesh Zeleke is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Counseling, Psychology and Special Education at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. Dr. Zeleke is a licensed clinical professional counselor in the state of Montana. She has more than ten years working experience as practicing clinician, consultant, and parenting educator in the area of autism, children at risk, parenting, and international adoption both in Africa and USA. Dr. Zeleke has co-authored and authored publications in topics related to clinical interviewing and autism. Dr. Zeleke’s specialty focus on mental health counseling in issues including International adoption, autism intervention, parenting consultation, attachment, multicultural assessment, and African children. For the las two years, Dr. Zeleke's has been conducting research in the relational development in Ethiopian adoptees and their adoptive parents with in the family unit, and developing an assessment tool that measures the multicultural parenting competency skills of intercultural adoptive parents. Dr. Zeleke’s research focus primarily on two lines of inquiry:

(1) Examining mechanisms that underlie the health relational development and psychological adjustment in International adoptive families based on Family System theory and

(2) Conducting research leading to a better understanding and treatment methods of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) in Africa and USA.

Gehui Zhang is a Ph.D. candidate in Sociology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her current research interests include consumption and consumer culture, commodification of parenting and childhood, and economic sociology. Gehui's dissertation research focuses on the changing ideologies of modern parenting and the early childhood discourses in Post-Mao’s China. In this study, she is also interested in understanding the interaction between the cultural transformations of childrearing and the development of China’s early childhood education industry. Before she joined University of Illinois, Gehui received her M.A. in sociology from Georgia State University. During her years in graduate school, she has co-authored and published journal papers and book chapters in the areas of collective memory, aging and health, as well as the religious practice among Chinese immigrants in the U.S.

 

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