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Women's Caucus Gender Scholar Award Presentation
Dr. Tabassum F. Ruby
“Islam and Gender: Contesting Liberal-Secular Discourses”
March 29, 3:30-5 p.m., University Center for the Humanities

WMU Professor Tabassum F. Ruby is the recipient of the College of Arts and Sciences Women's Caucus 2015-16 Gender Scholar Award. Ruby received a Ph.D. from York University (Canada) in the Department of Women’s Studies in 2010. Her research focuses on Islam and gender discourses, and contributes to postcolonial, antiracist and transnational feminist studies. Her first book, Gendering the Proposed Ontario Shari‘ah Tribunals: Contesting Liberal-Secular Sensibilities, is currently under review at Syracuse University Press. Her work has appeared in peer reviewed journals and in anthologies. She is in the beginning stages of work on a second book, Discourses of Women’s Empowerment in Pakistan.

The Women's Caucus promotes an academic culture of inclusiveness at Western Michigan University in research, teaching, service and administrative work by:

  • Focusing on issues involved in the recruitment and retention of women.
  • Recognizing and encouraging the endeavors of women.
  • Discussing special challenges that women face in the tenure and promotion process.
  • Supporting the transition of qualified faculty members into administrative positions.
  • Raising gender awareness among administrators, faculty members and students across campus.

Gender Scholar Award

To further support and encourage these efforts, the Women's Caucus offers an annual Gender Scholar Award for College of Arts and Sciences faculty who demonstrate excellence in gender-related research and scholarly activities.

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