Department : Sociology
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Phone : 718-862-7406
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PHD, Rutgers, St U NJ: Livin
MA, Rutgers, St U NJ: Livin
MBA, American University
BS, University of Illinois
Dr. Roksana Badruddoja, a second-generation Bangladeshi-American, received her terminal degree in sociology from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Before joining Manhattan College as an Assistant Professor of Sociology, she was the Vice President of Research for the Partnership for the Homeless in NYC. Up until then, she was an Assistant Professor in the Women's Studies Program at California State University, Fresno. She teaches courses on feminist research methods, women of color in the U.S., feminist activism, race and ethnicity, sociology of gender, and representations of women.
Dr. Badruddoja's research in the areas of race and ethnicity, sexuality, gender, religion, and culture, and how these impact South Asian-American women has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals. These include the National Women's Studies Association Journal, the Journal of the Association of Research on Mothering, the International Journal of Sociology of the Family, and the International Review of Modern Sociology. She is the author of Eyes of the Storms: The Voices of South Asian-American Women (2012) and the editor of Bittersweet: Decolonizing the South Asian Diaspora (In Press).
Dr. Badruddoja's new research lies in the field of "Mother Studies." As an emerging scholar of “Mother Studies,” she is attempting to expose the fissures between the ideological representation of motherhood and the lived experience of being a mother.
- Women’s and Gender Studies and Feminist Theory
- South Asian American Studies
- Critical Race Theory and Ethnic Studies
- Queer Studies
- Post-Colonial Studies
- Cultural Studies
- Citizenship and Nationalism
- Feminist Ethnography
- Mother Studies
Public Lectures/Conference Presentations/Invited Guest Speaker (partial list since 2009)
“Inimtemigrate: The South Asian Diaspora,” a paper presentation at the Ninth International Conference in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, June 11-13, 2014, Vancouver, Canada.
“The South Asian Diaspora & Queer Spaces: Challenging Normative Spatial Powers,” a paper presentation at the annual meeting of the Eastern Sociological Society, February 20-23, 2014, Baltimore, MD.
“Contesting Maternal Ideology: The Yonic Myths of Motherhood,” a paper presentation at the winter annual meeting of the Sociologist for Women in Society, February 6-9, 2014, Nashville, TN.
Invited Chair “Sri Lankan Nationalism and Insurgency,” panel chair at the annual meeting of the South Asian Literary Association, January 8-9, 2014, Chicago, IL.
“Diasporic Fiction: Project of Empire and Consolidation of the Nation-State,” a paper presentation at the annual meeting of the South Asian Literary Association, January 8-9, 2014, Chicago, IL.
"South Asian Diasporic Fiction: Project of Empire and Consolidation of the American Nation-State," a paper presentation at the Pacific Ancient & Modern Language Association, November 1-3, 2013, San Diego, CA.
“Symbolic Pollution: Towards a Formal Sociological and Feminist Perspective on Menstruation,” a paper presentation at the 108thannual meeting of the American Sociological Association, August 10-13, 2013, New York, NY.
“Bittersweet Voices: Decolonizing the South Asian Diaspora,” a paper presentation at the Sociologists for Women in Society, August 10-13, 2013, New York, NY.
Invited Speaker “Queering South Asians,” a lecture at Trikone’s DesiQ 2013, University of California San Francisco Mission Bay, July 4-6, 2013, San Francisco, CA.
“Performing Motherhood and Maternal Ideologies,” a paper presentation at the M.O.M. Conference, Museum of Motherhood, May 2-4, 2013, New York, NY.
Invited Speaker "Immigrant Families as They Really Are: South Asian-American Women and the Tropes of Intimate Partnership," a guest speaker at the 16th annual conference for the Council of Contemporary Families, University of Miami, April 5-6, 2013.
Invited Speaker “Eyes of the Storms: Voices of South Asian-American Women,” a book reading at the 15th anniversary exhibit of the South Asian Women’s Creative Collective (SAWCC), Queens Museum of Art, August 11, 2012, Queens, NY (Exhibit Dates: August 11, 2012–October 7, 2012).
Invited Speaker “From Backpack 2 Briefcase: A Professional How-To For Women,” a guest speaker at Fresno State, April 29, 2012, Fresno, CA.
“Shifting Intimacies: A Reading by South Asian Diasporic Writers,” a book reading at the Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) annual conference, February 29-March 3, 2012, Chicago, IL.
Invited Speaker “Eyes of the Storms: The Voices of South Asian-American Women,” a book reading at the annual South Asian Literary and Theatre Arts Festival (SALTAF), National Museum of Natural History at the Smithsonian Institution, November 4-5, 2012 Washington DC (Event sponsored by the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History & Embassy of India, Washington, D.C.; panelists included Nina Godiwalla, author of Suits, and Aatish Taseer, author of Noon).
“Concerns of the South Asian Diaspora: Brown Women’s Bodies, Culture, and Marriage,” a paper presentation at the 40th annual Conference on South Asia, University of Wisconsin-Madison, October 20-23, 2011, Madison, WI.
“Queer Theory, Gender, and Race,” a panel moderator & “The Multicultural Beast,” a paper presentation at the 21st annual meeting of the California Sociological Association, November 13-14, 2010, Riverside, CA.
Invited Speaker “Navigating the Professional Opportunities Maze: Women in the Workplace,” a guest speaker at the American Association of Bangladeshi Engineers & Architects, Stanford University, December 6, 2010, Palo Alto, CA.
“The ABCD Conundrum: Women, Marriage, and Alternative Formations of Power,” a paper presentation at the 31st annual Central California Research Symposium, Fresno State, April 13, 2010, Fresno, CA.
Invited Speaker “South Asian Americans Negotiating Queer Identities,” a paper presentation at the Central Valley Cultural Heritage Institute, Fresno State, April 28, 2009, Fresno, CA.
Invited Speaker “Racial and Ethnic Imaginary: Barack Obama and the Meanings of Blackness,” a guest lecture at the Department of Sociology, University of Dhaka, January 10, 2009, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Article Citations & Expert Interviews
Asistio, A. (2012, January 11, 7 & 11 pm). “Michelle Obama Dismissed ‘Angry Black Woman’ Image.” Expert interview for Central Valley’s News Station KSEE24, Fresno, CA.
Makkar, V. (2010, August 20). “South Asian Women in America Talk Sex, Break Myths.” Expert interview for e-article published in Women’s Feature Service.
Miller, T. (2009, December 9). “Campus May Cut Multicultural GE Requirements.” Expert interview for The Collegian, student-run newspaper serving the Fresno State community.
Rezapour, A. (2008, June 6, 2:30 pm). Common Ground. Expert interview for radio talk show, KFCF 88.1 FM, Fresno Free College Foundation, Fresno, CA.
Gorden, J. M. (2008, Spring). “Arranged Marriage Among First-Generation Americans of South Asian Heritage.” Expert interview to fulfill requirements for an undergraduate class on magazine writing, Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL.
Joshi, N. (2008, Spring). “South Asian Online Matrimonial Services and Skin Color.” Article citation to fulfill requirements for Doctor of Philosophy, Communications and Culture Programme, York University, Toronto, Canada.
Joseph, C. A., Ph.D. (2008, Spring). “Racism from a South Asian Perspective.” Article citation for a peer-reviewed journal publication, Department of Anthropology, University of Georgia, Athens, GA.
Mishra, S., Ph.D. (Spring 2008). “South Asian Muslims Living in the United States.” Article citation for a peer-reviewed journal publication, School of Communication Studies, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH.
Tesfai, Rosa. (May 2007). “Skin Tone Discrimination Among Ethnic Groups in America.” Article citation to fulfill requirements for Master of Arts, Global Human Resources, New School University, NY, NY.
Blanoc, Evelyn. May 2007. “Colorism and Asian Americans.” Article citation to fulfill requirements for Bachelor of Arts, Asian American Studies, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL.
Glenn, Evelyn Nakano, Ph.D. (Director of Center for Race and Gender). (April 2007). “Colorism from a Transnational Perspective.” Article citation to fulfill a project for Center for Race and Gender, University of California, Berkeley, CA.
Malik, Savi. (March 2007). “Skin Lightening in Indian American Women.” Article citation to fulfill requirements for Master’s in Public Health, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA.
Phadnis, Rohina. (June 2005). “Being Fair-Skinned in Today’s World.” Expert interview for ABCDLady.
Dayal, Ambika. (May 2005). “South Asian Diasporic Identity Formation.” Article citation to fulfill requirements for Master’s in Education, Queens University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada.
Francis C. Assisi. (June 22, 2004). “Color Complex in the South Asian Diaspora.” Article citation for Model Minority: A Guide to Asian American Empowerment.
Malinconico, Joe. (July 11, 1999). “ABCDs play out their cultural confusion on film.” Expert interview for The Star-Ledger, Tinton Falls, NJ.
Editorial Review Boards
Journal of the Association for Research on Mothering (ISSN 1488-0989) since September 2013
Gender & Society (ISSN 0891-2432) since September 2013
Feminist Formations (ISSN 1040-0656) since April 2008
Scientific Journals International (ISSN 1556-6757) since May 2007
Council on Contemporary Families (CCF) since 2013
Museum of Motherhood (M.O.M.) since 2013
- American Sociological Association since 2000
- National Women’s Studies Association since 2003
- South Asian Literary Association since 2005
- Pacific Sociological Association from 2007-2012
- Sociologists for Women in Society since 2012
- Eastern Sociological Association since 2012
- Pacific Ancient & Modern Language Association since 2013
- Council on Contemporary Families since 2013
Publications & Professional Activities
Badruddoja, R. (2013). Eyes of the Storms: The Voice of South Asian-American Women (Second Revised Edition). San Diego, CA: Cognella Press.
*Selected by Audible.com to be distributed as an audio book in May 2013.
*Selected by the South Asian Women’s Creative Collective (SAWCC) for exhibition at the Queens Museum of Art from August to October 2012
*Selected by the South Asian Literary and Theatre Arts Festival (SALTAF) for exhibition at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in November 2011
Badruddoja, R. (ed.) (In Press). Bittersweet: Decolonizing the South Asian Diaspora. Mumbai, India: Zubaan.
*Selected by the Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) for a book reading at the annual conference on February 29, 2012.
Peer-Reviewed Book Chapter
Invited Author Badruddoja, R. (In Press). “Queer Spaces, Places, and Gender: The Tropologies of Rupa and Ronica.” In Race, Ethnicity and the Life Course: Readings from the intersections of Race, Ethnicity and Age. Diditi Mitra and Joyce Weil (eds.), New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
Invited Author Badruddoja, R. (2013). “Invisible Identities: Bringing the Voices of the Women of Katakhali to the Center.” Pgs. 66-68 in Her Words: Storytelling with Saris. Bose, Monica J. Dhaka, Bangladesh: Samhati.
Badruddoja, R. (2008, Summer). “Queer Spaces, Places, and Gender: The Tropologies of Rupa and Ronica.” Feminist Formations (formerly known as National Women’s Studies Association Journal or NWSAJ), 20:2,156-88. [See Project Muse]
*Outstanding Faculty Publication of the Year, Fresno State in Spring 2009
Badruddoja, R. (2008, Spring). The Yonic Myths of Motherhood: An Autoethnography. Journal of the Association for Research on Mothering (JARM), Special Edition: Caregiving and Carework: Theory and Practice), 10.1.
Badruddoja, R. (2006, Spring). “Resisting the White Pole: A Feminist Ethnographic Study, Second-Generation South Asian-American Women, U.S. Racialization Projects, and the Arranged Marriage.” International Journal of Sociology of the Family, 32,1:19-60.
Badruddoja, R. (2006, Spring). “White Spaces and Brown Traveling Bodies: A Project of Reworking Otherness.” International Review of Modern Sociology, 32,1:1-34.
Scholarly Book Review
Invited Author Badruddoja, R. (2010). Dowry, Bridging the Gap Between Theory and Practice, edited by Tamsin Bradley, Emma Tomalin, and Mangala Subramaniam (2009), London & New York: Zed Books Limited. Gender & Society, Vol. XX, No. X.
Peer-Reviewed Literary E-Magazine
Badruddoja, R. (2007, Winter). The Yonic Myths of Motherhood: Contesting Maternal Ideology. DesiLit, 3.
Badruddoja, R. (2005, September). “Queer Spaces, Places, and Gender: The Tropology of Rupa.” In Queer South Asia: Love and Sexuality Beyond Conventions, edited by U. Goel and U. Skoda.
Invited Author Badruddoja, R. (2008, April). ’Good’ Muslim, ‘Bad’ Muslim. The Undercurrent, 2,12,19. [Local Community Newspaper, Fresno, CA]
Invited Author Badruddoja, R. (2008, Oct-Nov). Brief History of South Asian Emigration to the U.S. Porshi, 8:7. [Annual Bangladeshi-American Community Magazine published by Bay Area Bangladeshi Association]
Graduate Research Student Journal
Badruddoja, R. (2005, Fall). “Color, Beauty, and Marriage: The Ivory Skin Model.” South Asian Graduate Research Journal (SAGAR), 15:43-79.
Not-For-Profit & Non-Government Organization (NGO) Reports
Badruddoja, R., et al. (1998). “From the Ground Up: Delivering Foodstuff to Low-Income Areas in D.C.” From the Ground Up, Washington, D.C.
Badruddoja, R. (1996, Summer). “Urban-Slum Women in Bangladesh and Birth-Control” ICDDR,B, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Honors & Awards
- Outstanding Faculty Publication of the Year, University of California-Fresno, Spring 2009
- Women of Color Caucus Essay Award, National Women's Studies Association, June 2005
- Research Infrastructure for Minority Institution (RIMI) Award: Received $1,000 from the National Institute of Health (NIH) in May 2012 to participate in a week-long NIH grant writing training workshop at Fresno State.
- Student Outcome Assessment Plan (SOAP) Award: Received $1,000 from the College of Social Sciences at Fresno State in Spring 2012 to develop a revised student assessment model for the Bachelor of Science degree in Women’s Studies.
- Instructional Related Activity (IRA) Award: Received $3,000 from Associated Students, Inc. (ASI) at Fresno State in May 2012 to fund the Women’s Studies student-authored quarterly newsletter, The PowerSource, for one academic year; received $4,500 in January 2008 to sponsor two feminist research methods students to attend an annual National Women’s Studies Association’s (NWSA) conference.
- Undergraduate Research Award: Received $2,000 from the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Studies at Fresno State in May 2010 for two Women’s Studies students to conduct feminist ethnographic research and develop documentaries on motherhood and music.
- Faculty Learning Community Award: One of ten Principal Investigators awarded $10,000 from the Scholarly Advancement of Learning and Teaching (CSALT) at Fresno State for in Spring 2009 for “Facilitation Student Group Learning 2.0,” a program to develop best practices in faculty pedagogical techniques in the social sciences.
- The Initiative for Women’s and Gender Equity in the San Joaquin Valley Award: One of four Principal Investigators awarded $8,000 by the College of Social Sciences at Fresno State in 2008 to conduct gender equity research in the Central Valley.
- Violence Against Women Act (VAWA): Received $4,500 in 1999 from the state of New Jersey to support the operating budget for a South Asian domestic violence advocacy group, Manavi.
- Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Grant: Received $3,200 in 1999 from the state of New Jersey to maintain a shelter, Ashiana, for South Asian victims of domestic violence.
Fluency in everyday, spoken, colloquial Bengali; Basic knowledge of Hindi and Urdu; Domestic Violence Specialist (DVS) Certified
Soc 150 Roots: Sociology
Soc 302 Race and Ethnicity
Soc 399 Sociology of Gender
Soc 201 Introduction to Sociology