Lynn M. Thomas is Associate Professor of History and Adjunct Associate Professor of Women's Studies at the University of Washington. She received her Ph.D from University of Michigan. She is the author of Politics of the Womb: Women, Reproduction, and the State in Kenya (University of California Press, 2003) which examines why and how female "circumcision," abortion, childbirth, and premarital pregnancy became the subject of intense debate and intervention in colonial and postcolonial Kenya. The Modern Girl collaborative project is closely related her new book project on the history of modern girl debates in Kenya, Ghana, and South Africa from the 1930s through the 1980s. This book will provide a colonial/postcolonial counterpart to existing literature on the modern girl in Europe, the United States, and Asia, and will contribute to a transnational history of gender politics, race, and consumption in twentieth-century Africa.