Maria Grosz-Ngaté is a Research Scientist with the Indiana University African Studies Program and its former associate director. She received her B.A. in anthropology from the University of Washington, Seattle, and her master’s and PhD degrees, also in anthropology, from Michigan State University. Her major areas of research include social transformation in the Segou region of Mali; Muslim communities in Mali and Senegal; and knowledge production in and on Africa. In addition to publishing articles on gender, migration, and knowledge production, she co-edited Africa, Fourth Edition with John H. Hanson and Partick O’Meara (Indiana University Press, 2014) and contributed the chapter “Social Relations: Family, Kinship, and Community”. She also co-edited (with Omari H. Kokole) and introduced Gendered Encounters: Challenging Cultural Boundaries and Social Hierarchies in Africa (Routledge, 1997). Her most recent research and electronic publications have focused on the transnational community of Cheikh Bou Kounta, a branch of the Qadiriyya sufi order centered in Ndiassane, Senegal. She continues her work as associate editor of the journal Africa Today.