Nancy Bauer is dean of Academic Affairs for Arts and Sciences and professor of Philosophy at Tufts University. She is the author of numerous papers on Simone de Beauvoir and of Simone de Beauvoir, Philosophy, and Feminism (Columbia University Press, 2001). She is the coeditor, with Laura Hengehold, of the forthcoming Blackwell Companion to Simone de Beauvoir, as well as the forthcoming Routledge Guidebook to Beauvoir and “The Second Sex.”
Debra Bergoffen is professor emerita of philosophy at George Mason University and the Bishop Hamilton Lecturer of Philosophy at American University. Her writings include The Philosophy of Simone de Beauvoir: Gendered Phenomenologies, Erotic Generosities, Contesting the Politics of Genocidal Rape: Affirming the Dignity of the Vulnerable Body, and the coedited anthology Confronting Global Gender Justice: Human Rights, Women’s Lives.
Sylvie Le Bon De Beauvoir, the adopted daughter of Simone de Beauvoir, is editor of several volumes by Simone de Beauvoir, including Lettres à Sartre (1990); Journal de guerre (1990); Lettres à Nelson Algren: Un amour (p.288) transatlantique (1997); Correspondance croisée, with Jacques-Laurent Bost (2004); and Cahiers de jeunesse (2008).
Sylvie Chaperon is professor of history at the University of Toulouse le Mirail in France. She has a PhD from the European University Institute (Florence, Italy) where she spent three years. She organized, with Christine Delphy, the January 1999 international conference in Paris for the fiftieth anniversary of Beauvoir’s The Second Sex and coedited with Delphy and Kate and Edward Fullbrook, Cinquantenaire du Deuxième Sexe (2002). She is the author of Les années Beauvoir: 1945–1970 (2000) and several articles and book chapters, including “Kinsey en France: les sexualités féminine et masculine en débat” in Le Mouvement Social 2002/1 (no 198), 91–110; and “Beauvoir et le féminisme français” in Beauvoir, ed. Eliane Lecarme-Tabone and Jean-Louis Jeannelle (2012), 277–83.
Elizabeth Fallaize (1950–2009) was pro–vice chancellor of the University of Oxford. In 1989 she was the first woman ever appointed an Official Fellow of St. John’s College, Oxford, and, in 2002, she was awarded a professorship in French literature. She was coeditor of French Studies (1996–2004) and a series editor for the Oxford University Press. Her books include The Novels of Simone de Beauvoir (1988); French Women’s Writing: Recent Fiction (1993); Simone de Beauvoir: A Critical Reader (1998); French Fiction in the Mitterrand Years, cowritten with Colin Davis (2000); and The Oxford Book of French Short Stories (2002). She was appointed by the French Government an Officier dans l’ordre des palmes académiques in 2002 and promoted to Commandeur in 2009.
J. Debbie Mann holds the rank of professor in the department of foreign languages and literature at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville where she teaches French language and French and francophone literature and culture. Recent publications include articles on works by Andrée Chedid, Jacques Poulin, and Louis Hémon.
Frederick M. Morrison (1943–2007) was associate professor of Spanish in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. The translator and annotator, Véronique Zaytzeff, began collaborating with him in 1991. Their work includes Mussorgsky Remembered, sections of Shostakovich Reconsidered, Beauvoir’s “Literature (p.289) and Metaphysics” in Philosophical Writings (2004), and “Merleau-Ponty and Pseudo-Sartreanism” in Political Writings (2012).
Julien S. Murphy is professor and chair of Philosophy and coordinator of Liberal Studies at the University of Southern Maine. She is the author of The Constructed Body: AIDS, Reproductive Technology and Ethics (1995), editor of Feminist Interpretations of Jean-Paul Sartre (1999), and coeditor of Gender Struggles: Recent Writings in Feminist Philosophy (2002). She is currently conducting funded research on cybersecurity.
Shannon M. Mussett is associate professor of philosophy and chair of the Department of Philosophy and Humanities at Utah Valley University. She has served as the secretary-treasurer of the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy. She is coeditor (with William Wilkerson) of Beauvoir and the History of Philosophy from Plato to Butler (2012) and (with Sally J. Scholz) The Contradictions of Freedom: Philosophical Essays on Simone de Beauvoir’s “The Mandarins” (2005). Recent publications on Beauvoir’s philosophy include “Nature and Anti-Nature in Simone de Beauvoir’s Philosophy,” Philosophy Today 53, Supplement, 2009, 130–37; “Conditions of Servitude: The Peculiar Role of the Master-Slave Dialectic in Simone de Beauvoir’s The Second Sex,” The Philosophy of Simone de Beauvoir: Critical Essays, ed. Margaret A. Simons (2006); “Ageing and Existentialism: Simone de Beauvoir and the Limits of Freedom,” Death and Anti-Death, Volume 4, ed. Charles Tandy (2006); and an introduction to “An Existentialist Looks at Americans,” in Beauvoir’s Philosophical Writings (2005).
Françoise Picq, PhD in political science, is assistant professor (Maître de Conférences) at the University of Paris IX-Dauphine. She was involved in the French Women’s Liberation Movement (MLF) and participated in developing feminist studies in France. She is a founder and past president of National Feminist Studies Association (ANEF), and was the National contact of the European Network for Women’s Studies (ENWS). She has been editor of several feminist journals and special journal issues on feminism. Her publications include Féministe, encore et toujours (2012), Libération des femmes: quarante ans de mouvement (2011), Libération des femmes: les années mouvement (1993), and Crises de la société, féminisme et changement (1991). (p.290)
Lillian S. Robinson (1941–2006), a Marxist feminist writer and activist, was principal of the Simone de Beauvoir Institute and professor of Women’s Studies at Concordia University. Among her books were the essay anthology, Sex, Class and Culture (1978), Night Market: Sexual Cultures and the Thai Economic Miracle (1998) (cowritten with Ryan Bishop), and Wonder Women: Feminisms and Superheroes (2004).
Margaret A. Simons, Distinguished Research Professor Emerita, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, is author of Beauvoir and The Second Sex (1999); editor of Feminist Interpretations of Simone de Beauvoir (1995) and The Philosophy of Simone de Beauvoir: Critical Essays (2006); and coeditor of Beauvoir’s Philosophical Writings (2004), Diary of a Philosophy Student: 1926–27 (2006), Wartime Diary (2009), “The Useless Mouths” and Other Literary Writings (2011), and Political Writings (2012).
Ursula Tidd is senior lecturer in twentieth-century French studies at the University of Manchester, U.K. She is the author of Simone de Beauvoir, Gender and Testimony (1999), Simone de Beauvoir (2004), and Simone de Beauvoir (2009), and (with Jean-Pierre Boulé) the editor of Existentialism and Contemporary Cinema: A Beauvoirian Perspective (2012). Her most recent monograph, Jorge Semprún: Writing the European Other, was published by Legenda/Maney in 2014.
Marybeth Timmermann is a certified French to English translator of the American Translators Association, and has taught an online translation course for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She was a contributing translator to Beauvoir’s Philosophical Writings (2004), “The Useless Mouths” and Other Literary Writings (2011), and Political Writings (2012); assistant editor of Philosophical Writings and Diary of a Philosophy Student: 1926–1927 (2006); and coeditor with Margaret A. Simons of “The Useless Mouths” and Other Literary Writings and Political Writings.
Karen Vintges teaches social and political philosophy in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Amsterdam. She, among others, published Philosophy as Passion. The Thinking of Simone de Beauvoir (1996 [orig. in Dutch 1992]) and Feminism and the Final Foucault, ed. D. Taylor and K. Vintges (2004). Her current research project is entitled “Rewriting The Second Sex from a Global Perspective” in the forthcoming A New Dawn for “The Second Sex” (2015). She initiated and coordinated a research (p.291) program funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research: “Women and Islam: New Perspectives” (2008–13).
Véronique Zaytzeff (1937–2010) was associate professor emerita in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. She translated from French and Russian. Her translations include Mussorgsky Remembered, several articles in Shostakovich Reconsidered, and Beauvoir’s “Literature and Metaphysics” and “Merleau-Ponty and Pseudo-Sartreanism.” She collaborated on translations with Frederick M. Morrison until his untimely death in 2007. (p.292)