About the Author


MARGARET E. WARD, Ph. D., D. Litt., h. c., Professor of German, Emerita, taught at Wellesley College in Wellesley Massachusetts from 1971 to 2010. She graduated magna cum laude from Wilson College in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania in 1965 and did her graduate studies in German Languages and Literatures at Indiana University in Bloomington Indiana, including two years on fellowship at universities in Berlin and Paris. During her tenure at Wellesley, she held the rotating William R. Kenan, Jr. professorship from 1995 to 1997. A prize in her name is awarded each year to an outstanding senior major in Women’s and Gender Studies in recognition of her contribution to the establishment of that department.

Professor Ward received NEH, Fulbright, and Mellon fellowships in support of her research and published on Bertolt Brecht, post-1945 political drama, and women’s biography. Her book, Fanny Lewald: Between Rebellion and Renunciation  (2006), based on extensive archival research in the former East Germany, was the first English-language biography of this prolific 19th-century German novelist, essayist, and early advocate of women's education and right to work.

Work on Missing Mila, Finding Family, began in 2004-2005 with a research trip to Central America. The book incorporates personal interviews, journal entries, letters, poems, blog posts, and photos, peeling back the layers of an unusual international adoption and describing how two families have become one. The author relies on the work of historians, investigative journalists and sociologists, but writes as an adoptive mother.


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