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Margo Okazawa-Rey
Margo Okazawa-Rey, EdD
Doctoral Faculty - School of Human & Organizational Development
Berkeley, CA

B.A. Capital University Dept. of Sociology 1973
M.S.S. Boston University School of Social Work 1974
EdD, Harvard University Graduate School of Education, 1987.

Areas of Instruction:

  • Introduction to Epistemologies and Cultures of Inquiry
  • Global Studies
  • Systems, Society, and Culture
  • Structural Inequalities
  • Feminisms and Gender Studies

Scholarly & Professional Interests:

  • Transnational anti-racist feminist praxis
  • Armed conflicts, militarism and violence against women
  • Theories and practices of social change
  • Activist scholarship

Professional Memberships:

  • National Women's Studies Association, 2011-present
  • Editorial Board, Feminist Africa, 2007-present
  • Editorial Board, Social Justice, 2000-present
  • US Institute for Peace Doctoral Dissertation Awards Review Panel, 2002
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Negro Education, 1991-1998

Honors and Awards:

  • Margo Okazawa-Rey Social Justice Fellowship, named 2009 at Pitzer College/Claremont Colleges Intercollegiate Asian-American Studies Program for undergraduate summer research
  • Mellon Foundation Feminist Activist Scholar in Residence, Scripps College, 2006
  • Earl and Edna Stice Feminist Scholar of Social Justice, University of Washington, 2004-2005
  • Soros Foundation, Project on Death in America, Social Work Leader Award, 2000-2002
  • Distinguished Visiting Scholar, National Endowment for the Humanities/Jack Gray Chair, University of Hartford, 2000-2001
  • Jane Watson Irwin Distinguished Chair in Women’s Studies, Hamilton College, 1999-2001
  • Social Science Research Council Grantee, 1996
  • Fulbright Senior Research Fellowship, 1994  


  • Women's Lives: Multicultural Perspectives (6th Ed.) (in press). Co-editor G. Kirk. New York: McGraw-Hill
  • Militarism, Conflict, and Women’s Activism in the Global Era: Challenges and Prospects for Women in Three West African Countries (2012) with Amina Mama, Feminist Review 101 (97-123)
  • Activist Scholarship: Social Movements and Emancipatory Knowledge (2009). Co-editor J. Sudbury. Boulder, CO: Paradigm
  • Feminist Africa 10 (2008). Special Issue: Militarism, Conflict and Women’s Activism, Co-editor Amina Mama, African Gender Institute, University of the Cape Town
  • De-militarizing Security: Women Oppose US Militarism in East Asia. (2004, March) Peace Review, 16(1), 59-64
  • Warring on Women: Understanding Complex Inequalities of Gender, Race, Class, and Nation. (2002, Fall) Affilia: Journal of Women and Social Work, 17(3), 371-383
  • Beyond Heroes and Holidays: K-12 Anti-Racist, Multicultural Education and Staff Development (1998). Co-eds. E. Lee & D. Menkart. Washington, DC: Network of Educators on the Americas


  •   Militarism, Conflict, and Women’s Activism: Challenges and Prospects for Women in Three West African Countries First South-South Forum on Sustainability, Lingnan University, Hong Kong December 2011
  • Strengthening Capacity Building of Women of Women in Armed Conflict and Militarized Situations. National Women’s Studies Association Annual Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, November 2011
  • Reflections on Personal and Political History of the International Network of Women against Militarism. 25-Year Anniversary Conference of Hansori, Seoul, Korea, October 2011

Funded Grants/Contracts:

  • Trust Africa Foundation Grantee, Co-Principal Investigator, 2010-2012
  • Social Science Research Council Grantee, 2010

Professional Experience:

  • Professor Emerita of Social Work, San Francisco State University
  • Congresswoman Barbara Lee Endowed Chair in Women’s Leadership, Mills College (2010-2011)
  • Visiting Professor, Ethnic Studies, Mills College (2007-2011)
  • Feminist Research Consultant, Women's Centre for Legal Aid and Counselling, East Jerusalem, Palestine (2005-2010)
  • Director, Women's Leadership Institute and Visiting Professor in Women's Studies, Mills College (2002-2005)
  • Core Doctoral Faculty, Union Institute and University (1994-2004)

Other Professional Activities:

  • International Board, My sisters Place (Du Re Bang), Uijongbu, Korea, 2011 – present
  • International Board, PeaceWomen Across the Globe, Bern, Switzerland, (2005 – present)
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