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Rachel Rinaldo

Mobilizing Piety
Academic Writing
Qualitative Sociology CFP
Indonesia Research Links

I am an assistant professor of sociology at
at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

I received my Ph.D. in sociology from the
University of Chicago. I was previously an assistant
professor of sociology at the University of Virginia, as well as a
postdoctoral fellow at the
Center for the Pacific Rim, University of San Francisco
and at the National University of Singapore's
Asia Research Institute.

My sociological interests include culture, gender, religion, and globalization.
I am especially interested in how globalization and modernity shape women's
agency, particularly in developing countries and Muslim societies.
My first book Mobilizing Piety: Islam and Feminism in Indonesia (Oxford 2013) is an ethnographic
study of Muslim and secular women activists in the globalizing metropolis of Jakarta. 

I am currently working on new projects about marriage, divorce, and social change in Indonesia
as well as a study of the emerging contemporary art scene and globalization. 

I have lived and traveled extensively in Southeast Asia and East Africa, and have written for 
magazines, websites, and newspapers. My documentary, "Division + Western," was shown on 
WTTW Chicago public television and screened at a number of film festivals.

HOT OFF THE PRESS! Read my most recent article in Gender & Society (December 2014) and 
check out these articles about my research in Bitch magazine and on the Gender & Society blog
I also recently co-edited a Gender & Society special issue on gender and religion in global contexts.

I am currently co-editing a special issue of Qualitative Sociology on the topic of
gender and globalization, slated for publication in early 2017.


I can be contacted at:
For information about the classes I teach, see:
Follow me on twitter: @rarinald