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Women's & Gender Studies

Tabassum Fahim Ruby

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Women's & Gender Studies

Wayne Hall 736
125 W. Rosedale Avenue
West Chester, PA 19383

Jean Bauer

Dr. Simon Ruchti, Chair

Tabassum Fahim Ruby

Dr. Ruby obtained a Ph.D. in Women's Studies (now Gender, Feminist and Women's Studies) from York University (Toronto, Canada) in 2010. She also earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in Philosophy and Women's Studies. Prior to joining West Chester in 2016, Dr. Ruby held a postdoctoral faculty position in the Department of Gender and Women's Studies at Western Michigan University, and an instructor position in the Departments of American Culture Studies and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Bowling Green State University.

Dr. Ruby's research focuses on Islam and gender discourses. Postcolonial, anti-racist, and transnational feminist studies are her areas of research. Currently, she is completing a draft of her first book, Muslim Women's Rights: Contesting Liberal-Secular Sensibilities in Canada. The book examines how liberal-secular normative values have shaped and informed the question of Muslim women's rights. She has published numerous articles, book chapters, and book reviews.

Selected Publications

Refereed Articles

Chapters in Edited Volumes

  • Tabassum F. Ruby., "Discourses of Veiling and the Precarity of Choice: Representations in the Post-9/11 US" The Routledge International Handbook of Veils and Veiling Practices, eds. Anna-Mari Almila and David Inglis, (Routledge, Forthcoming)
  • Tabassum F. Ruby., "Listening to the Voices of Hijab" (Reprinted) The Gendered Society Reader, eds. Michael Kimmel and Amy Aronson (Oxford University Press, 2008), 34–45
  • Tabassum F. Ruby., "Who Am I and Where Do I Belong? Immigrant Muslim Women and Sites of Struggle in Crafting and Negotiating identities in Canada" Home/Bodies: Geographies of self, Place, and Space, ed. Wendy Schissel (University of Calgary Press, 2006), 27–45

Courses Offered

  • WOS 225: Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies
  • WOS 315: Women of the Global South
  • WOS 410: Special Topics: Feminist Research Methodologies

Areas of Interest

  • Islam, Gender, Modernity, and Secularism
  • Transnational/Global Feminisms
  • Qualitative Methods
  • Postcolonial and Critical Race Studies

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