Ghada Hashem Talhami is the D. K. Pearsons Professor of Politics, emerita, at Lake Forest College, Chicago. She was born in Amman, Jordan, to Palestinian parents and was educated in Jordan, Great Britain, and the US. She is the author of many articles and seven books, among which The Mobilization of Muslim Women in Egypt, Dictionary of Women in the Middle East and North Africa, and American Presidents and Jerusalem. She was a Fulbright Scholar in Syria and taught in Tunisia, Syria, Chicago's School of the Art Institute, and California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. She serves on several editorial boards of academic journals.