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Nafisa Tanjeem

Assistant Professor of Global Studies and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Faculty Nafisha Tanjeem smiling at camera, outside

Nafisa Tanjeem is an Assistant Professor of Global Studies and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Lesley University. Nafisa’s research and teaching interests include transnational feminist theories, transnational social justice movements, globalization and feminist politics, and South Asia Studies. Her current book project examines transnational labor activism and activist discourses developed in relation to the deadliest garment industrial disaster in the human history - the 2013 collapse of Rana Plaza, a factory building housing five garment factories in Savar, Bangladesh. Drawing on two-year-long physical and digital ethnographic observations, her project reveals how creative transnational feminist praxis in virtual and physical organizing spaces can uncover histories and struggles of women workers and grass root labor organizers, thereby transcending benevolent regimes of neoliberal transnational labor organizing.

Before joining Lesley, Nafisa taught at Rutgers University, the University of Toronto, and the University of Dhaka in Bangladesh. She has been actively involved in community organizing and social justice activism. As Community Organizer of Council of Agencies Serving South Asians (CASSA), she designed and implemented local campaigns aimed at promoting poverty reduction, gender equity, and youth engagement among South Asian immigrant communities in Toronto, Canada. She was also an organizer of United Students Against Sweatshops in the USA and “Meye” (Women) network in Bangladesh.

Nafisa holds a Ph.D. in Women’s and Gender Studies from Rutgers University in the USA, an M.A. in Women and Gender Studies from the University of Toronto in Canada, and a B.S.S in Women and Gender Studies from the University of Dhaka in Bangladesh.


Book project

Tanjeem, Nafisa. Can Workers of the World Unite? A Transnational Feminist Ethnography of Labor Organizing Across the Apparel Supply Chain. Illinois: University of Illinois Press (In progress).

Chapters in peer-reviewed books

Rodgers, Yana, and Tanjeem, Nafisa. 2019. “Women in the Asia Pacific.” In Understanding Contemporary Asia Pacific (Second Edition), edited by Katherine Palmer Kaup, Bounder and London: Lynne Rienner Publishers. (Under contract - Forthcoming).

Tanjeem, Nafisa and Aditi Sabur. 2018. "Bangladesh: The Institutionalization of Women and Gender Studies in Higher Education." In Education in South Asia and the Indian Ocean Islands, edited by Debotri Dhar and Hema Letchamanan, 29-46. London and New York: Bloomsbury Publishing.

Tanjeem, Nafisa. 2016. "Social Media and Conforming Voluntarism in the Neoliberal Era: The Case of Rana Plaza Collapse in Savar, Bangladesh." In Revealing Gender Inequalities and Perceptions in South Asian Countries through Discourse Analysis, edited by Nazmunnessa Mahtab, Sara Parker, Farah Kabir, Tania Haque, Aditi Sabur and Abu Saleh Mohammad Sowad, 57-79. USA: Information Science Reference (IGI Global).

Tanjeem, Nafisa. 2012. "The Making of a "Home": Exploring the Space of Bangladeshi Diasporic Restaurants in Toronto." In Strangers in New Homelands: The Social Deconstruction and Reconstruction of "Home" among Immigrants in the Diaspora, edited by Michael Baffoe, Maria Cheung, Lewis Asimeng-Boahene and Buster Ogbuagu, 78-90. UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Other publications

Tanjeem, Nafisa. "Thinking Beyond Accord and Alliance." The Daily Star. Star Weekend, last modified May 22, 2017, accessed March 13, 2018,

Tanjeem, Nafisa and Ishrat Khan. 2010. Impact of Hegemonic Masculinity at Workplace: An Analysis of Challenges Faced by Middle-Class Working Women in Bangladesh. Dhaka: University of Dhaka, Department of Women and Gender Studies - Working Paper Series.

Teaching Experience

Assistant Professor, Global Studies, Lesley University
Global issues and challenges
Research method
Internship and seminar

Graduate Instructor, Women’s and Gender Studies, Rutgers University
Women, Culture, Society (face-to-face and hybrid)
Introduction to Gender, Race, Sexuality (hybrid)
Gender and consumption
Social media and social movements (online)

Teaching Assistant, Women’s and Gender Studies, Rutgers University
Immigrant States – Jersey’s Global Routes
War – Critical Perspectives
Impacts of Economic Inequality on Women’s Health (Online)
Women’s Global Health Movements (Online)
Health Consequences of Global Pharmaceutical Industry (Online)

Visiting Lecturer, Women and Gender Studies, University of Dhaka
Feminist Theory and Writings: Selected Readings from the Early to Contemporary Periods
Feminist Debates and Discourses
Gender and Development
Introduction to Feminist Theories

Teaching Assistant, Women and Gender Studies, University of Toronto
Introduction to Women and Gender Studies

Fellowships, Awards, Grants

Global Education Fellowship, Lesley University, 2018-2019.

Faculty Development Grant, Lesley University, 2018.

Center for Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship Grant, Lesley University, 2017

Annette and Hugh Gragg Postdoctoral Fellowship in Chao Center for Asian Studies, Rice University (declined) 2017-2018

Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis Graduate Fellowship, Rutgers University, 2016-2017

TA/GA Professional Development Fund Awards, Rutgers University, 2015 & 2016

Pre-Dissertation Travel Award and Conference travel support, Graduate School, New Brunswick, Rutgers University, 2010-2016.

Rutgers University Excellence Fellowship, Rutgers University, 2014-2015.

Linda Rothman Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching, Rutgers University, 2014.

Hybrid Course Conversion Grant, Rutgers University, 2014.

Sweden-Bangladesh Trust Fund Travel Grant, Bangladesh, 2013.

Pre-Doctoral Leadership Fellowship, Rutgers University, 2012-2013.

IAFFE – Conference Travel Grant, International Association for Feminist Economics, 2013.

NWSA Travel Grants, National Women’s Studies Association, 2011 & 2016.

International Peace Scholarship, P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship Fund, USA, 2008 & 2010.

University of Toronto Graduate Fellowship, Canada, 2008-2009.

Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh, 2009.

Japan International Cooperation Foundation Scholarship awarded to top twenty
incoming undergraduate students of University of Dhaka by Japan International Cooperation Foundation, Japan, 2004-2006.

Top incoming student of the Faculty of Arts and Social Science at University of Dhaka,  Bangladesh, 2002-2003.