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Gay Gibson Cima is a professor of English and the former director of the Human Rights Initiative at Georgetown University. Her book Early American Women Critics: Performance, Religion, Race (2006) illuminates African, African American, European, and European American women’s strategies for entering early debates on human rights. Cima has published widely on eighteenth and nineteenth-century feminist theatre history and practice as well as contemporary performance theory and criticism. Her book Performing Women was published by Cornell University Press in 1993. Cima earned her Ph.D. from Cornell University, her M.A. from Northwestern University, and her B.A. from the University of Nebraska.