Roach-Baptiste, Jeanne

Job Placement: Instructor III and Graduate Studies Coordinator at at the Institute for Gender and Development Studies at The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus, Trinidad
Webpage: https://sta.uwi.edu/crgs/july2011/JeanneRoach-Baptiste.asp
Committee: Abena Busia, Ethel Brooks, Aisha Khan
Dissertation: "Gender practices and relations at the Jamaat Al Muslimeen in Trinidad"

Bio

Jeanne has taught at Rutgers; Devry Collge of Technology; Essex County College, Newark, NJ, and Bloomfield College, Bloomfield, NJ. Her research interests include Caribbean feminisms, Black feminist criticism; borders and boundaries; Islam; African women’s spirituality; resistance and revolution in the African diaspora; African Caribbean History and philosophy; and feminist pedagogy.

Abstract

In an effort to bring into view critically—as actors rather than as spectacle—Muslim men and especially Muslim women in non-Islamic countries and to examine their constitutive individual as well as collective religious and social identities—that is their contextual realities as opposed to just the ideal of Islam—this project seeks via ethnographic research to investigate gender practices and relations among Muslims at the Masjid al Muslimeen and Madressa located in Trinidad and Tobago. This small community’s mundane yet resilient existence amid national, global, historical, geographical, physical, and sociopolitical ambivalences and contradictions begs revisiting how we read, interpret, represent, and deploy extant categories, theories, and methodologies articulating gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, religion, and nation.