Lynn M. Thomas is Professor of History at the University of Washington. She specialises in the history of politics and gender in twentieth-century Africa. In the course of her academic career she has taught courses on African history, the global history of AIDS, comparative colonialisms, and comparative gender. In addition to being in the Department of History, she is an Adjunct Professor in the Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies Department, and in the Anthropology Department; an active member of the African Studies Program; and, currently, Interim Executive Director of the School of Drama. She is the co-editor of The Modern Girl Around the World: Consumption, Modernity, and Globalization; co-editor of Love in Africa; and author of Politics of the Womb: Women, Reproduction, and the State in Kenya.