Susan F. Hirsch is a cultural anthropologist in the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University who has written widely on law and conflict. She is the author of In the Moment of Greatest Calamity: Terrorism, Grief, and a Victim’s Quest for Justice; Pronouncing and Persevering: Gender and the Discourses of Disputing in an African Islamic Court; and the coeditor of Contested States: Law, Hegemony and Resistance, as well as many articles and book chapters.


Gendered Lives in the Western Indian Ocean · Islam, Marriage, and Sexuality on the Swahili Coast

Edited by Erin E. Stiles and Katrina Daly Thompson · Afterword by Susan F. Hirsch

A breakthrough study of the underexamined lived experience of Islam, sexuality, and gender on the Swahili coast.


Mountaintop Mining in Appalachia · Understanding Stakeholders and Change in Environmental Conflict

By Susan F. Hirsch and E. Franklin Dukes

Residents of the Appalachian coalfields share a history and heritage, deep connections to the land, and pride in their own resilience. These same residents are also profoundly divided over the practice of mountaintop mining. Looking beyond the slogans and seemingly irreconcilable differences, however, can reveal deeper causes of conflict.


New Titles

Waste of Timelessness and Other Early Stories
Written when Anaïs Nin was in her twenties and living in France, the stories collected in Waste of Timelessness contain many elements familiar to those who know her later work as well as revelatory, early clues to themes developed in those more mature stories and novels.


Julius Nyerere
With vision, hard-nosed judgment, and biting humor, Julius Nyerere confronted the challenges of nation building in modern Africa. Constructing Tanzania out of a controversial Cold War union between Tanganyika and Zanzibar, Nyerere emerged as one of independent Africa’s most influential leaders.


Trapeze
The Unexpurgated Diary of Anaïs Nin, 1947–1955
Anaïs Nin made her reputation through publication of her edited diaries and the carefully constructed persona they presented.


Feeding Globalization
Madagascar and the Provisioning Trade, 1600–1800
Between 1600 and 1800, the promise of fresh food attracted more than seven hundred English, French, and Dutch vessels to Madagascar. Throughout this period, European ships spent months at sea in the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, but until now scholars have not fully examined how crews were fed during these long voyages.


Thabo Mbeki
Former South African president Thabo Mbeki is a complex figure.