Valentine M. Moghadam is Professor of Sociology and International Affairs, Northeastern University, Boston, MA, USA, and the former Director of the International Affairs Program (Jan. 2012-July 2017). She also led the minor and concentration in Middle East and Mediterranean Studies (2012-2018) and is a co-founder of the Gender and Development Initiative at Northeastern University. Professor Moghadam’s professional career has included two periods as a UN staff member (with UNU/WIDER in Helsinki, Finland, March 1990-December 1995; and with UNESCO in Paris, May 2004 – December 2006), where she ran programs on women and development. Her areas of specialization are gender and development, the sociology and politics of gender, globalization and transnational social movements, feminist movements and networks, and the sociology and political economy of the Middle East and North Africa. She has been a co-I on the ESRC/GCRF-funded project Female Employment and Dynamics of Inequality in the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia (PI: Prof. Massoud Karshenas, Economics, SOAS, Jan. 2017-Sept. 2018); and on a Carnegie Corporation-funded project, Building Inclusive and Pluralistic Systems Post-Arab Spring (PI: Dr. Marwa Shalaby, Baker Institute for Public Policy, Rice University, Houston, TX). Professor Moghadam is the author of Modernizing Women: Gender and Social Change in the Middle East and many other books, edited volumes, and journal articles. She joins the LMEI during a sabbatical year to complete two books: the 3rd edition of Globalization and Social Movements, and – with Dr. Shamiran Mako – After the Arab Uprisings: Progress and Stagnation in the Middle East and North Africa, which is under contract with Cambridge University Press.