Susan Moller Okin was born in New Zealand, where she attended the University of Auckland and received a B.A. in History. She then studied at Oxford, where she earned an M. Phil. in Politics, and at Harvard, where she earned a Ph.D. in Government. She has taught at Vassar College, Brandeis University and Harvard University and is now Marta Sutton Weeks Professor of Ethics in Society and Professor of Political Science at Stanford University. Okin has authored three books, Women in Western Political Thought (Princeton, 1979), Justice, Gender, and the Family, (Basic Books, 1989) and, co-authored with others, Is Multiculturalism Bad for Women?, (Princeton, 1999). She has published many articles on subjects ranging from Hobbes’s changing ideas about Parliament to the ethics of nuclear deterrence. She is currently working on issues having to do with gender and economic development.