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Jennifer N. Fish, Ph.D.

Jennifer N. Fish (Ph.D., American University) is Chair of the Department of Women’s Studies at Old Dominion University, where she also teaches in the Graduate Program in International Studies and leads annual global studies courses in South Africa. Her research interests center on post-conflict development, with particular emphasis on women’s roles in restructuring society. For the past fifteen years, she has worked on South Africa’s transition from apartheid to democracy through appointments with Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, the University of Cape Town, and consultancies with the South African Domestic Service and Allied Workers Union, and the Commission on Gender Equality. She is also engaged with research on post-genocide reconciliation in Rwanda through the Rwanda Association of University Women and the Centre for the Gender, Culture and Development at the Kigali Institute of Education. Her book publications include Domestic Democracy:  At Home in South Africa (Routledge, 2006) and the co-edited collection Women’s Activism in South Africa: Working Across Divides (University of KwaZulu Natal Press, 2008).