Dr. Jane Kani Edward was born and raised in southern Sudan, and educated in Sudan, Egypt and Canada. Edward received her PhD in Sociology in Education from the University of Toronto in 2004. Currently she is a Clinical Assistant Professor and Director of African Immigration Research, Department of African and African American Studies, Fordham University. She teaches courses on African history, women in Africa and contemporary African immigration to the United States. Edward’s areas of research interest center
on refugee and immigrant women’s experience, human rights and education, gender, race, class and representation, gender issues in conflict and post-conflict situations, and African immigration to the United States. Dr. Edward carried out research work among southern Sudanese refugees and internally displaced persons in Egypt, Uganda and southern Sudan. She is the author of Sudanese Women Refugees: Transformations and Future Imaginings, 2007, and several book chapters and articles.