Tabassum Fahim Ruby Ph.D. (she/her)

  • Associate Professor of Women's and Gender Studies
  • 733 Wayne Hall
  • 610-436-2584


Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Tabassum F. 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 graduate and undergraduate 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 centers on Islam and gender discourses, and on modernity and secularism. In 2018, Dr. Ruby was awarded Provost Research Grant (PRG) for her new book project: “Religion and Globalization: The Silent Transformations in the Lives of Pakistani Women.” She was also selected as a Spotlight on Faculty Research Recipient. Her first book, Muslim Women's Rights: Contesting Liberal-Secular Sensibilities in Canada, examines the ways liberal-secular normative values have shaped and informed the question of Muslim women's rights.

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Selected Publications


Articles (peer-reviewed)

Chapters in Edited Volumes

Courses Offered

  • Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies
  • Feminist Theory
  • Women of the Global South
  • Islam, Gender, and the Media
  • Feminist Research Methodologies
  • Transnational Feminisms
  • Globalization and the Ethics of Sustainability

Areas Of Interest

  • Islam, Gender, Modernity, and Secularism
  • Transnational Feminisms
  • Postcolonial and Critical Race Studies
  • Feminist Theory
  • Feminist Methodologies
  • Globalization

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