Isabel Rodrigues, PhD
Sociology / Anthropology
Liberal Arts 392B
An exploration of how sexuality and gender intersect with shifting power structures in different times and places. Sexuality and gender are not inborn fixed natural attributes and close attention is paid to the impact of differences in race, age, culture and stratification. The course also engages main currents in feminist thought in anthropology and western and non-western traditions. Students engage in independent research projects on a world region of their choice.
Isabel P. B. Fêo Rodrigues received a Ph.D in Anthropology from Brown University and is currently an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Her research and publications primarily engage ethnohistorical processes of cultural and linguistic change, gendering and racialization, colonialism and creolization. Geographically her work engages the Lusophone Afro-Atlantic in a comparative perspective. She has conducted archival and ethnographic research in the United States, Cape Verde, Portugal, and Brazil. She is also engaged in applied research in the fields of sociolinguistics, medical anthropology, and migration for both non-profit and government organizations.
Professor Rodrigues has designed several courses that cross-list with Women and Gender Studies and the Doctoral program in Luso-Afro-Brasilian Studies and Theory including: Women and Sexualities Across Cultures; Empire & Colonialism in the Portuguese Afro-Atlantic; The Ideal Society & the State.