Nafisa Nipun Tanjeem
Nafisa Nipun Tanjeem
Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies
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Nafisa Nipun Tanjeem (she/her) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies at Worcester State University in Massachusetts, United States. She is also an Affiliate Scholar at the Women's Studies Research Center of Brandeis University and Affiliate Faculty in the Center for Antiracist Research at Boston University.
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  • Nafisa’s research and teaching interests include transnational, postcolonial, and decolonial feminisms; critical race theory; globalization and feminist politics; critical community engagement; nonprofit industrial complex; critical university studies; and transnational social justice movements with a specific focus on the United States and South Asia.

    Before joining Worcester State University, Nafisa taught at Lesley University, Rutgers University, the University of Toronto, and the University of Dhaka.

  • Nafisa has been actively involved in community organizing and social justice activism. She is an organizer of the Meye (“Woman” in Bangla) network, which is a voluntary, grassroots, and organic network advocating for women’s solidarity and leadership in Bangladesh. In the past, she was a co-chief steward of the core faculty union of Lesley University, which was a part of SEIU Local 509. She organized with the Rutgers University chapter of United Students Against Sweatshops (USAS) on the garment worker solidarity campaign in New Jersey. She also worked as a Community Organizer and Events Coordinator with the Council of Agencies Serving South Asians (CASSA) on poverty reduction, gender equity, and youth engagement among South Asian immigrant communities in Toronto, Canada. Nafisa recognizes the value of public scholarship and contributes to many local and international platforms, such as Common DreamsJamhoorthe Daily StarNew AgeProthom AloThotkata, and Bama.

Rutgers University
Women's and Gender Studies
University of Toronto
Women's and Gender Studies
University of Dhaka
Women and Gender Studies

Research, Teaching, and Community Engagement

    • Introduction to Gender, Race, Sexuality (face-to-face, hybrid, and online)
    • Introduction to Liberal Studies
    • Introduction to Feminist Theories
    • Politicizing Sex, Gender, and Race: Transnational Perspectives
    • Feminist Theory and Writings: Selected Readings from the Early to Contemporary Periods
    • Feminist Debates and Discourses
    • Gender and Development
    • Gender and Globalization
    • Gender and Consumption
    • Doing Good or Looking Good: Decolonizing Community Engagement (face-to-face, hybrid, and online)
    • Transnational Digital Activism (face-to-face and online)
    • Social Media and Social Movements (online)
    • Global Issues and Challenges (face-to-face, hybrid, and online)
    • Research Methods
    • Internship and Seminar: The Non-profit Industrial Complex and Social Justice Organizing (face-to-face, hybrid, and online)
    • Senior Capstone Seminar: Global Social Change (face-to-face, hybrid, and online)
    • Introduction to Women and Gender Studies
    • 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)