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Claire Robertson

Professor Robertson has published numerous books and articles on women and small business in Kenya and is chief fundraiser for two Kenyan development projects focused on women entrepreneurs: micro-lending to urban traders and infrastructure construction (water tanks and a dam) for women farmers in a dry rural area. She lived in Kenya with her family in 1987-88 while on a Fulbright grant and has visited Kenya annually since 1998.

Robertson; B.A., Carleton College, 1966; M.A., University of Chicago, 1968; Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, 1974.

Professor Robertson's research and teaching interests include African women, Third World women and socioeconomic change, female marketing systems, women and slavery in Africa and the Americas, Third World education and development, feminist theory and methodology, issues of representation of African women, comparative and transnational gender perspectives and colonialism and women. She is author or editor of six books and numerous articles dealing with women, class/gender relations, and slavery in Africa. Dr. Robertson is winner of the African Studies Association's 1985 Herskovits Book Award. In 1987-88, she held a Fulbright Fellowship to study Kenyan market women and the development of Nairobi area trade. Her latest book, Genital Cutting and Transnational Feminism (2002), eo-edited with Stanlie James, problematizes U.S. representations of African women in connection with the sensationalizing of genital cutting. Her current research focuses on reconstructing the history of Saint Lucia in the Caribbean. She currently holds joint appointments in the Department of History and the Center for Women's Studies.