_ Deborah Freedman Lustig is a Research Associate at the Institute for the Study of Societal Issues (ISSI), UC Berkeley. Lustig earned her Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Michigan. Her research has focused on gender, education, and youth violence in the United States and Kenya, where she was a Fulbright Senior Scholar in 2004-5. Her research on teenage mothers has been published in the journals Anthropology and Education Quarterly and Childhood and in Childhood, Youth, and Social Work in Transformation: Implications for Policy and Practice (Columbia University Press, 2009). Her recent research on young adults coming of age in Oakland, California is available here. She is on the board of the African Library Project and Six Seconds, and she volunteers as a Court-Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for a child in foster care.