Under Womanist (De-)Construction
Coming home for me is about integrating my experiences in contemporary academia with ancient healing and energetic practices.
Roksana Badruddoja is a feminine and masculine woman, a “second-generation” Bangladeshi American, queer, an interfaith cross-cultural feminist/womanist, a critical race theorist and a tenured professor of sociology and women and gender studies at Manhattan College, and a mother to a fierce 14-year-old girl who is negotiating her “brownness” at school.
Dr. Badruddoja is unapologetic about calling out white liberal colorblind racism (nor does she/they support white fragility). She/they does not tolerate any form of microaggression from racism to sexism to ageism to ableism and the list continues. (Please do not ask her/them “where are you from?” Dr. Badruddoja is not here to make people comfortable about their ignorance, even if the ignorance is stemming from well-meaning intentions.)
Before joining the faculty at Manhattan College, she/they was the Vice President of Research for the Partnership for the Homeless in NYC, and up until then, she/they was a professor at California State University, Fresno. She/they teaches courses on feminist research methods, women of color in the U.S., feminist activism, race and resistance, codes of gender, social inequalities, liquid modernity and representations of women.
Dr. Badruddoja’s research in the areas of race and ethnicity, sexuality, gender, religion, and culture, and how these impact “South Asian” American women has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals. These include the National Women’s Studies Association Journal, the International Journal of Sociology of the Family, and the International Review of Modern Sociology. She/they is the author of Eyes of the Storms: The Voices of South Asian-American Women, which was exhibited at the South Asian Literary and Theatre Arts Festival in the National Museum of Natural History at the Smithsonian Institution in 2012, exhibited at Queens Museum of Art in 2012; and featured in The New York Times in 2012; the editor of “New Maternalisms”: Tales of Mother (Dislodging the Unthinkable) and a contributor to Good Girls Marry Doctors: South Asian American Daughters on Obedience and Rebellion, a finalist for the Indie Book Award and being taught by Melissa Harris-Perry at Wake Forest University.
Violence against girls and women must be de-normalized and masculinity need be contingent upon the oppression of women and girls.
Dr. Badruddoja is also a Healing Life Coach for racial, sexual and gender traumas as an Akashic Consultant, Flower Essence Practitioner and an interfaith cross-cultural Shamanic Practitioner (see Dreams of Munay).