A collegiate professor employed by the University of Maryland in Europe and adjunct professor at University of Frankfurt, Dr. Tobe Levin von Gleichen earned a Ph.D. in comparative literature from Cornell University and is the first to have written a dissertation (in 1979) on Nobel Laureate Elfriede Jelinek (2004). An international activist since 1977, she has been called on as an expert on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) by the German and British Parliaments, the European Union and the Council of Europe. She is Editor-in-chief of Feminist Europa. Review of Books and President of FORWARD-Germany. She translated Fadumo Korn and Sabine Eichhorst, Born in the Big Rains: A Memoir of Somalia and Survival (2006). The volume she co-edited with Augustine H. Asaah, Empathy and Rage: Female Genital Mutilation in Creative Writing, will be published in 2008 by Becky Ayebia in Canterbury. Formerly a scholar-in-residence at Brandeis University and an associate at the Five Colleges Women’s Studies Research Center, Dr. Levin von Gleichen is a non-resident Fellow, W. E. B. DuBois Institute, Harvard University (2006-2008).