Tabassum Ruby

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Tabassum Ruby
Postdoctoral Faculty
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3062 Moore Hall, Mail Stop 5365
Mailing address: 
Department of Gender and Women's Studies
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5365 USA
  • Ph.D., Women's Studies, York University, 2010
  • M.A., Women's and Gender Studies, University of Saskatchewan, 2003
  • B.A., Women's and Gender Studies, University of Saskatchewan, 2000
Teaching interests: 
  • Feminist theory
  • Global and Transnational Feminist Studies
  • Islam and Gender Discourse
Research interests: 
  • Islam, gender and modernity
  • Postcolonial theory
  • Transnational and global feminisms

A scholar of postcolonial theory, transnational feminism, Islam and gender, secularism and diaspora studies, Dr. Tabassum Fahim Ruby came to Western Michigan University from Bowling Green State University where she held an instructor position in the departments of American culture studies and women's, gender and sexuality studies.

Ruby received a Ph.D. in women's studies at York University in Canada in 2010, and she completed undergraduate and graduate degrees in philosophy and women's studies at the University of Saskatchewan and the University of Punjab. Ruby has published articles in interdisciplinary, refereed journals. Her work also has appeared in two edited volumes. Her current book project in preparation for submission to Syracuse University Press offers a double critique: the manuscript nuances the established narratives on Islam and gender by examining the case of the Ontario Shari'ah tribunals, and then reflects on how the proposed conception of human rights ontologically and epistemologically relates to the Shari'ah laws. Originally from Pakistan, Ruby has made her home in Canada and the United States since 1998.