Rachel Rinaldo is assistant professor of sociology. Her sociological interests include culture, gender, religion, globalization, and social change. She is especially interested in how globalization and modernity shape women's agency in different contexts. Her current research examines how the global Islamic resurgence matters for women. She explores these issues through ethnographic and interview research in Indonesia, a country which has the world’s largest Muslim population and has undergone rapid socio-economic change, a grassroots Islamic revival, and democratization.
Professor Rinaldo received her PhD from the University of Chicago in 2007. She recently published her first book, Mobilizing Piety: Islam and Feminism in Indonesia (Oxford 2013), an ethnographic study of Muslim and secular women activists in the Indonesian capital Jakarta. She is currently co-editing a special issue of Gender & Society on gender and religion in global perspective (expected publication in 2015). Professor Rinaldo is currently developing future research projects on the intersections of gender, class, and religion in urbanizing Indonesia; and on the Indonesian contemporary art scene.
SOC 2320 - Gender & Society
SOC 3020 - Intro to Social Theory
SOC 3056 - Culture & Power
SOC 3450 (3595) - Women,
Islam & Modernity
SOC 5320 - Sociology of Gender