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.