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    Maureen Baker, General Editor, is the Head of the Sociology Department at the University of Auckland in New Zealand. She received her first two degrees from the University of Toronto and her doctorate in Sociology from the University of Alberta in 1975. Since then, she has taught in several Canadian universities, including the University of Toronto and McGill University, as well as in Australia. From 1984 to 1990 she worked as a senior researcher in Ottawa for Canada's Parliament, specializing in policy issues relating to families, women and children. Professor Baker is the author of eleven books and over 50 articles on family trends, aging, adolescent women, cross-national family policies, and women and work. Both the Canadian and New Zealand governments have funded her policy-oriented research, and she has been a consultant for several governments and numerous voluntary organizations. Her latest book (with husband David Tippin) examines the processes and discourse of restructuring social programs for low-income mothers in Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Britain. She has lived and worked in New Zealand since January 1998 but maintains close ties with colleagues and family in Canada.

    Bettina Bradbury (Ph.D., 1984) teaches Canadian history and women's history at York University. In addition to numerous articles she is the author of the book Working Families: Age, Gender and Daily Survival in Industrializing Montreal (McClelland and Stewart, 1993), which received both the John A. Macdonald prize for the best book in Canadian history published in 1993 and the Harold A. Innis prize for the most outstanding book published with an Aid to Scholarly Publications Grant in English. She is currently completing a monograph on legal, political, social, cultural and demographic aspects of marriage and widowhood in 19th century Montreal.

    William M. Bukowski, Professor of Psychology at Concordia University, received his doctorate in developmental and clinical Psychology at Michigan State University. His interests and research activities concern peer relations, especially in ways that peer relations (a) contribute to children's emotional and social development and (b) affect their adjustment during adolescence. Part of his current research involves whether adequate relations with peers can compensate for deficiencies in children's relations with family members and in the ways that friendships can protect at risk children from victimization by peers. Another area concerns studies designed to examine age and sex differences in the association between experiences with peers and subsequent well-being. Recent publications include, with L. Sippola and A.F. Newcomb, "Variations in patterns of attraction to same- and other-sex peers during early adolescence" published in Developmental Psychology, and with A. Cillessen, Recent advances in the study and measurement of acceptance and rejection in the peer system, a volume in the New Directions for Child Development Series published by Jossey Bass.

    Walter S. DeKeseredy is Professor of Sociology at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. He has published dozens of journal articles and book chapters on woman abuse, crime in public housing, and criminological theory. He is the author of Woman Abuse in Dating Relationships: The Role of Male Peer Support and Women, Crime and the Canadian Criminal Justice System; with Ronald Hinch, coauthor of Woman Abuse: Sociological Perspectives; with Desmond Ellis, coauthor of the second edition of The Wrong Stuff: An Introduction to the Sociological Study of Deviance; with Martin Schwartz, coauthor of Contemporary Criminology, Sexual Assault on the College Campus: The Role of Male Peer Support, and Woman Abuse on Campus: Results from the Canadian National Survey; with Linda MacLeod, Woman Abuse: A Sociological Story, and with Shahid Alvi and Desmond Ellis, Contemporary Social Problems in North American Society. In 1995, he received the Critical Criminologist of the Year Award from the American Society of Criminology's Division on Critical Criminology. In 1993, he received Carleton University's Research Achievement Award. Currently he serves on the Editorial Boards of Criminal Justice, Women & Criminal Justice, Violence Against Women: An International and Interdisciplinary Journal, and Crime and Delinquency.

    Margrit Eichler is a Professor of Sociology and Equity Studies at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education and Director of the Institute for Women's Studies and Gender Studies—both at the University of Toronto. She has published numerous books and articles in the area of family policy, Women's Studies, reproductive technologies, non-sexist research methods and gender-based analysis, as well as environmental sustainability. She is a former President of the Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women and the Canadian Sociology and Anthropology Association, and a member of the Royal Society of Canada.

    Nina Howe, Professor of Education at Concordia University, received her doctorate in Psychology from the University of Waterloo and an elementary education teaching certificate from the University of Alberta. Her research interests cover three areas: (a) sibling relations, (b) play, and (c) child care. Her recent work on sibling relations has focused on how brothers and sister develop a shared understanding of their relationship through play, caretaking, and engaging in conflicts. Work on play has focused on the factors related to designing dramatic play centers for the early childhood classroom. Finally, her work on child care has addressed social policy issues relevant to the Canadian context. Recent publications include: with L. Prochner, Early Childhood Care and Education in Canada (University of British Columbia Press, 2000); with H. Petrakos, & C. Rinaldi, "'All the sheeps are dead. He murdered them.' Sibling pretense, negotiation, internal state language, and relationship quality," Child Development, 69, 182-191 (1998); and with H. Petrakos, "The influence of the physical design of the dramatic play center on children's play", Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 11, 63-78 (1995).

    Nancy Howell is Professor of Sociology at the University of Toronto. She is interested in the demography of families around the world, especially those in hunting and gathering societies in remote areas, an interest she developed from carrying out fieldwork with the !Kung people of the Kalahari desert. Her undergraduate work was done at Brandeis University and she completed her doctorate at Harvard University. Prof. Howell's publications include The Search for an Abortionist, The Demography of the Dobe !Kung, and Surviving Fieldwork: Health and Safety in Anthropological Fieldwork, as well as eleven chapters in other volumes and contributions to numerous journals. She is currently serving as an Associate Editor of Human Nature and is an elected member of the Committee on Professional Ethics of the Canadian Sociology and Anthropology Association.

    Susan McDaniel is Professor of Sociology at the University of Alberta where she has been since 1989. Prior to that, she was on faculty at the University of Waterloo for many years. She has written extensively on families, aging, gender, demographic change and social policy. She is the author of more than 150 research articles and book chapters. Her most recent book, co-authored with Lorne Tepperman, is Close Relations. She is currently working on a two volume book analysing population issues through a gender lens, as well as research projects on intergenerational transfers/relations, aging workforce and families in mid-life, and the social impacts of science and technology. She is the recipient of many honours for her research, most notably receipt in 1999 of the J. Gordin Kaplan Award for Research Excellence, and in 1994, she was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. She is Chair, Advisory Committee on Science and Technology, Statistics Canada, and previously served as Chair, Advisory Committee on Demographic Data and Statistics. She was appointed to the Canada Committee for the International Year of the Family, and is an advisor for the 2001 Census. She is also Editor, Current Sociology, an official journal of the International Sociological Association, and previous Editor, Canadian Journal of Sociology. In 2000-2001, she is President-Elect, Canadian Sociology and Anthropology Association.

    C. James Richardson is currently chair of the Department of Sociology at the University of New Brunswick. His major research interest is family law, and the divorce process in particular. He has conducted a number of studies and evaluations related to separation and divorce and custody and support issues. These include a national longitudinal study of divorce mediation, a two phase evaluation of the 1985 divorce legislation, evaluations of New Brunswick's support enforcement system and its Domestic Legal Aid program, and, most recently, an evaluation of the Nova Scotia Child Support Guidelines Intake Assistant Program. In addition to other reports and articles, he is a co-author of an introductory text and Reader in sociology and has edited a Reader on the sociology of family life in Canada. Most years he teaches one or two courses on the sociology of the family and the family and social policy. He has been divorced and repartnered and has two grownup children from the first relationship and two younger ones from the second one.


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