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Erin Augis

Professor of Sociology

Year Joined RCNJ: 2001

Contact Information


  • Ph.D. Sociology, University of Chicago

Courses Offered:

  • Sociology Capstone
  • Race Relations
  • Women and Global Poverty
  • Sociology of Religion

Teaching Interests:

  • Race
  • Gender
  • Qualitative methods

Research Interests:

  • American abolitionist movement
  • Women in West Africa
  • Islam
  • Migration
  • Development
  • Race and Ethnicity

Recent Publications:

  • 2022. “Sociologist in Action [Erin Augis’ research on Reverend John Mahan],” in ed. Kristin Kenneavy et al, Social Research Methods: Sociology in Action. Sage.
  • 2014.  “Aïcha’s Sounith Hair Salon: Friendship, Profit, and Resistance in Dakar.” Islamic Africa 5 (2). (peer refereed)
  • 2013. “Dakar’s Sunnite Women: The Dialectic of Submission and Defiance in a Globalizing City,” in ed. Mamadou Diouf, Tolerance, Democracy, and Sufis in Senegal. New York: Columbia University Press.
  • 2012. “ ‘They Haven’t Even Mastered the Qur’an:’ Young Sunnite Women’s Negotiations of Social Change and Generational Hierarchies in Dakar,” in ed. Marie-Nathalie Le Blanc and Muriel Gomez-Perez, L’Afrique des generations: Entre tensions et négociations. Paris: Karthala (peer reviewed).
  • 2012. “Religion, Religiousness and Narrative: Decoding Women’s Practices in Senegalese Islamic Reform.” Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion (peer reviewed).
  • 2009. “Young Sunnite Women and Economic Liberalization in Dakar, Senegal: Self, Solidarity, and Growing Up with Global Capitalism.” Special issue of Afrique Contemporaine edited by Leonardo Villalón and Jean-Louis Triaud.
  • 2008. “Jambaar or Jumbax-out? How Sunnite Women Negotiate Power and Belief in Orthodox Islamic Femininity,” in eds. Mamadou Diouf and Mara Leichtman, New Perspectives on Islam in Senegal: Conversion, Migration Wealth, Power and Femininity. Palgrave Macmillan.
  • 2007. There Goes the Neighborhood: Racial, Ethnic, and Class Tensions in Four Chicago Neighborhoods and Their Meaning for America. With principal authors William Julius Wilson and Richard Taub. New York: Vintage. 2007.

Conference and other presentations:

  • 2023. “Reverend John Bennington Mahan’s anti-slavery sermons and letters” Provost Bite-Size Faculty Research Presentation, January 23.
  • 2022. “Reverend John Bennington Mahan’s anti-slavery sermons and letters: The influence of the Second Great Awakening on early human rights activism in the American Midwest.” Association for the Sociology of Religion, Los Angeles, California, August 8. (peer refereed)
  • 2018. “Ohio’s abolitionist radicals and their homes-turned-memorials.” Havemeyer House Faculty Dinner, Ramapo College of New Jersey, October 11
  • 2017.  “Ohio’s Nineteenth Century Abolitionists: Communicating Progressive Histories in Conservative Contexts.” SSHS Faculty Research Series, Ramapo College of New Jersey, November 15.
  • 2013. “(Re)creating social distances: Enacting shame and respect as young Sunnite men and women in Dakar,” African Studies Association, Baltimore, Maryland. Panel Chair. (peer reviewed)
  • 2013. Guest lecture, “Women and Islam in contemporary Senegal”  SUNY-Orange, New York
  • 2013. Guest lecture, “Sunni women in Urban Senegal”   Lafayette College, Pennsylvania

Professional contributions:

Reviewer, Journal of Religion and Society

Reviewer, Journal of Religion in Africa
  • 2023 Grant Evaluator, Fulbright IIE
  • 2023 Consultant to Elwin Studios on history of abolition in Ohio Valley
  • 2021-present Consultant to Andale productions on history of abolition in Ohio Valley
  • 2020 Consultant on female genital mutilation in West Africa for Western Missouri Legal Aid
  • 2015 Country Expert, Georgetown University, Berkley Center for Religion,
    Peace, and World Affairs and the World Faiths Development Dialogue
  • 2014 Country Expert, Varieties of Democracy Project, University of Notre Dame and University of Gothenburg Country Expert – Senegal (2012-13): Varieties of Democracy Project, University of Gothenberg and University of Notre Dame
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