Leslie Kern is an associate professor of geography and environment and director of women’s and gender studies at Mount Allison University. She is the author of Sex and the Revitalized City: Gender, Condominium Development, and Urban Citizenship.
Katrina Johnston-Zimmerman is a lecturer, researcher, and advocate for heart-centered cities through her firm THINK.urban. She was recently named to BBC’s 2019 list of 100 Women and invited to speak at the annual event in London on the future of cities and women. As an applied urban anthropologist, her work focuses on human behavior in public space and the relationship between behavior and design.

About Feminist City:

Feminist City is an ongoing experiment in living differently, living better, and living more justly in an urban world.

We live in the city of men. Our public spaces are not designed for female bodies. There is little consideration for women as mothers, workers or carers. The urban streets often are a place of threats rather than community. Gentrification has made the everyday lives of women even more difficult. What would a metropolis for working women look like? A city of friendships beyond Sex and the City. A transit system that accommodates mothers with strollers on the school run. A public space with enough toilets. A place where women can walk without harassment. 

In Feminist City, through history, personal experience and popular culture Leslie Kern exposes what is hidden in plain sight: the social inequalities built into our cities, homes, and neighborhoods. Kern offers an alternative vision of the feminist city. Taking on fear, motherhood, friendship, activism, and the joys and perils of being alone, Kern maps the city from new vantage points, laying out an intersectional feminist approach to urban histories and proposes that the city is perhaps also our best hope for shaping a new urban future. It is time to dismantle what we take for granted about cities and to ask how we can build more just, sustainable, and women-friendly cities together.


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Caren Beilin is the author of the autofiction Spain, the novel The University of Pennsylvania, and a collection of short fictions Americans, Guests, or Us. Her work appears in FenceThe Offing, and Territory. She teaches at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in the Berkshires.

Joanna Howard is a writer and translator from Miami, Oklahoma. She is the author of the memoir Rerun Era, novel Foreign Correspondent, the story collections On the Winding Stair and In the Colorless Round, and Field Glass, a collaborative novel written with Joanna Ruocco. She also co-translated Walls by Marcel Cohen and Cows by Frederic Boyer. She teaches in the literature PhD program at Denver University.

Joanna Ruocco holds an MFA from Brown and a PhD from the University of Denver. She is the author of DanThe Mothering CovenMan’s CompanionsA Compendium of Domestic Incidents, and Another Governess / The Least Blacksmith: A Diptych. She also works pseudonymously as Alessandra Shahbaz (Ghazal in the Moonlight, Midnight Flame) and Toni Jones (No Secrets in Spandex).

About Blackfishing the IUD:

Blackfishing the IUD is a daring and demanding memoir about reproductive health and the IUD, gendered illness, medical gaslighting, and activism in the chronic illness community. Rhapsodic and unabashedly polemical, Beilin scrutinizes the literary, artistic, and medical history of Rheumatoid Arthritis, as she considers the copper IUD's role in triggering her sudden onset of chronic autoimmunity. As the title makes abundantly clear, the book is an argument that the copper IUD is sickening quite a lot of women--and that we listen first and foremost to women's testimony to begin to resolve it.


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Robert Rotberg is President Emeritus of the World Peace Foundation, Founding Director of Harvard Kennedy School's Program on Intrastate Conflict, and Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is the author of The Corruption Cure: How Citizens and Leaders Can Combat GraftThings Come Together: Africans Achieving Greatness in the Twenty-First CenturyTransformative Political Leadership, and numerous other books.

Dr. Bonnie J. Palifka is an international expert in anti-corruption studies, Associate Research Professor in the Department of Economics at the Tecnologico de Monterrey (Mexico), and Lecturer for Yale Summer Online. She is the founder and organizer of the Academia against Corruption in the Americas conference and has consulted for Transparency International and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The author or co-author of several books, articles, and chapters, her most recent essay is a book chapter, “Corruption, Organized Crime and the Public Sector in Mexico,” in Adam Graycar (ed.), Handbook on Corruption, Ethics and Integrity in Public Administration, Edward Elgar, 2020.

About Anticorruption

The phenomenon of corruption has existed since antiquity; from ancient Mesopotamia to our modern-day high-level ethical morass, people have sought a leg up, a shortcut, or an end run to power and influence. In this volume in the MIT Press Essential Knowledge series, Robert Rotberg, a recognized authority on governance and international relations, offers a definitive guide to corruption and anticorruption, charting the evolution of corruption and offering recommendations on how to reduce its power and spread. The most important component of anticorruption efforts, he argues, is leadership that is committed to changing dominant political cultures.

Rotberg explains that corruption is the conversion of a public good into personal gain--either by the exchange of cash for influence or by the granting of special favors even without explicit payments. He describes successful anticorruption efforts in countries ranging from Denmark and Sweden to Canada and Costa Rica, and discusses the roles of judicial systems, investigative journalism, multinational corporations, and technological advances. He shows how the United States has become more corrupt than before, and contrasts recent US and Canadian experiences. 

Without sufficient political will to eliminate corruption, it persists. Rotberg outlines thirteen practical steps for battling corruption, including removing holdover officials tainted by corruption and the public declaration of financial assets by elected officials and appointees.