Mary Johnson Osirim is Provost and Professor of Sociology at Bryn Mawr College. She received her A.B. degree (Social Studies major) from Harvard-Radcliffe, her M.Sc. in Sociology from the London School of Economics and Political Science and her Ph.D. in Sociology from Harvard University. At Bryn Mawr, she is the immediate past Dean of Graduate Studies, Director of Africana Studies and Faculty Diversity Liaison. Over the past 33 years, she has served the College in many other capacities:  as Chair of the Sociology Department, Co-Director of the Center for International Studies and the Center for Ethnicities, Communities and Social Policy.  Her research has focused on women, entrepreneurship, the state and non-governmental organizations in the microenterprise sectors of Nigeria and Zimbabwe, the development of gender studies scholarship in Anglophone Sub-Saharan Africa as well as transnationalism and community development among African immigrants in the United States.  She is the author of Enterprising Women in Urban Zimbabwe:  Gender, Microbusiness and Globalization (2009), co-editor (with Ayumi Takenaka) of Global Philadelphia:  Immigrant Communities, Old and New (2010) as well as over 30 articles and book chapters.  Osirim is the recipient of several fellowships and awards including an NSF Research Initiation Grant, a Pew Faculty Fellowship in International Affairs, a Woodrow Wilson International Center Fellowship, a Carter G. Woodson Fellowship at the University of Virginia, Bryn Mawr’s Rosalyn R. Schwartz Teaching Award and most recently, the Distinguished Feminist Lecturer Award from Sociologists for Women in Society.   She was a member of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education from 2007-11, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Baldwin School in Bryn Mawr, PA., Co-Convener of the Women’s Caucus of the African Studies Association from 2003-05 and a member of the Board of Directors of the African Studies Association from 2008-11.  She currently serves on the Assembly for the Consortium on Financing Higher Education (COFHE), the Board of the African Family Health Organization (AFAHO) in Philadelphia and as Treasurer of the African Studies Association.