Cristina Flesher Fominaya has an MA and PhD in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley, and a BA summa cum laude in International Relations from the University of Minnesota. She is currently Senior Lecturer at the University of Aberdeen. She has won numerous international awards, including the National Science Foundation Fellowship, the German Marshall Fellowship, and the Marie Curie IEF Fellowship. She has been researching and participating in European social movements since the early 1990s. Beginning in September 2013 she will be a Marie Curie Fellow at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth, for a two-year research project on anti-austerity mobilisations in Ireland and Spain. She is a founding editor of Interface journal, an editor of Social Movement Studies and founding co-chair (with Laurence Cox) of the Council for European Studies Research Network on European Social Movements. Her book Social Movements and Globalization will be available from Palgrave MacMillan in 2014.