Kerstin W. Shands is professor emerita at Södertörn University, where she has been teaching English literature since 1998. Shands has organized several international conferences at Södertörn, most recently a conference on autobiography. As the editor of Södertörn University English Studies, Shands has co-edited and published five anthologies: Collusion and Resistance: Women Writing in English, Neither East Nor West: Postcolonial Essays on Literature, Culture and Religion, Living Language, Living Memory: Essays on the Works of Toni Morrison, and Writing the Self: Essays on Autobiography and Autofiction. Shands has written essays for journals such as Wasafiri and Southern Literary Review, and among her books are The Repair of the World: The Novels of Marge Piercy and Embracing Space: Spatial Metaphors in Feminist Discourse. Her most recent book-length study is Journeys Within: The Contemporary Spiritual Autobiography.