Michelle V. Rowley

Ph.D. Clark University (2003), M.Sc. Development Studies, Consortium Graduate School, University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica (1996), B.A. University of the West Indies, St. Augustine (1992)

Dr. Michelle Rowley is an Associate Professor to the Women’s Studies Department at the University of Maryland. Before joining the department in 2006 she served in the Women’s Studies Department at the University of Cincinnati (2004-2006). She completed her Ph.D. as a Fulbright Scholar at Clark University, Worcester MA (2003). She presently serves on the editorial collective for Feminist Studies.

Her research interests address issues of gender and development, the politics of welfare, as well as state responses to questions of Caribbean women’s reproductive health and well being and rights for sexual minorities. Her publications include “When the Post-Colonial State Bureaucratizes Gender: Charting Trinidadian Women’s Centrality Within The Margins,” “Where the Streets Have No Name: Getting Development Out of the (RED).” “Rethinking Interdisciplinarity: Meditations on the Sacred Possibilities of an Erotic Feminist Pedagogy,” and “Whose Time Is It?: Gender and Humanism in Contemporary Caribbean Feminist Advocacy.” Her book is entitled Feminist Advocacy and Gender Equity in the Anglophone Caribbean: Envisioning a Politics of Coalition (Routledge, 2011).

Major Areas of Research:

  • Gender and development
  • Transnational feminism
  • Feminist pedagogies
  • Women in the African diaspora

Selected Publications:
Feminist Advocacy and Gender Equity in the Anglophone Caribbean: Envisioning a Politics of Coalition. New York: Routledge, 2011.

“‘Where The Streets Have No Name’: Getting Development Out of the (RED)™?” In Beyond Gender and Global Restructuring. Eds. Marianne H. Marchand and Anne Sisson Runyan. 78-98. New York: Routledge, 2010.

“‘Whose Time Now?’: Gender and Humanism within 21st Century Caribbean Feminist Advocacy.” (March, 2010) Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism. (31):1-15.

“Feminist Visions for a New Era: An Interview with Peggy Antrobus.” (Spring 2007). Feminist Studies 33.1: 64-87.

“Rethinking Interdisciplinarity: Meditations on the Sacred Possibilities of an Erotic Feminist Pedagogy.” (October, 2007). Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism 24.1: 139-15.

“A Feminist Oxymoron: Globally Gender-Conscious Development.” In Confronting Power, Theorizing Gender: Interdisciplinary Perspectives in the Caribbean. Ed. Eudine Barriteau. 75-97.  Cave-Hill, Barbados: C.G.D.S., The University of the West Indies, 2003.

Crafting Maternal Citizens?  Public Discourses of the ‘Maternal Scourge’ in Social Welfare Policies and Services in Trinidad.” (September 2003). Social and Economic Studies 52.3: 31-58.

Reviews:
Review of Jana Braziel’s Caribbean Genesis. (2011) Modern Fiction Studies 57.1: 173-176.

Review of Ronald Inglehart and Pippa Norris’ A Critical Re-Writing of Global Political Economies, V. Spike Peterson’s Common Ground or Mutual Exclusion? and Marianne Braig and Soja Wölte’s Women’s Movement and International Relations. (2006). Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 31.2: 560-565.

Review of Cynthia Barrow-Giles and Don Marshall’s Living at the Borderlines. (December, 2003). Social and Economic Studies 52.4: 189-195.

Review of Rhoda Reddock’s Women, Labour and Politics in Trinidad and Tobago. (Summer, 1998). Feminist Review 59: 240-242.

Sample Syllabi:
Introduction to Women’s Studies: Women and Society

Constructions of Manhood and Womanhood in the Black Community

Approaches to Women’s Studies: Difference, Power and the Production of Knowledge

Selected Service:
Interim Graduate Director (2011 – )

Chair, Undergraduate Committee (2006 – 2011)

Member, University Faculty Board, General Education (Plural Society and Cultural Competence)

Member, International Education Advisory Board (2009 – 2010)

Faculty Advisor Department’s Women’s Studies Honor Society (TRIOTA)

Website:
Michelle V. Rowley – http://michellevrowley.wordpress.com/

Contact:

Dr. Michelle V. Rowley
Department of Women’s Studies
University of Maryland
2101 Woods Hall
College Park, MD 20742
(301) 405-0981

mrowley1@ umd.edu