Mary Lowenthal Felstiner received her B.A. degree at Harvard, her M.A. at Columbia and her Ph.D. at Stanford. Since 1981 she has taught history at San Francisco State University. Her major research on Charlotte Salomon culminated in To Paint Her Life: Charlotte Salomon in the Nazi Era, which in 1995 won both the Women’s Heritage Museum First Annual Book Award and the American Historical Association Joan Kelly Memorial Prize in Women’s History. Her most recent work, Out of Joint: A Public and Private Story of Arthritis (2005), has as its genesis her own experiences of a chronic health problem.