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Erin AugisProfessor of Sociology

Year Joined RCNJ: 2001

Contact Information

Education

  • Ph.D. Sociology, University of Chicago

Courses Offered:

  • Sociology Capstone
  • Race Relations
  • Third World Women
  • Sociology of Religion

Teaching Interest:

  • Race
  • Gender
  • Qualitative methods

Research Interest:

  • Women in West Africa
  • Islam
  • Migration
  • Development
  • Race and Ethnicity

Recent Publications:

  • 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:

  • 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
  • 2012.  “Aicha’s Sunnite Hair Salon: Friendship, Profit, and Resistance in Dakar.” African Studies Association, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (peer reviewed)
  • 2011 “School, Work, and Reshaping Obedience: Stories of Defiant Wives in the Sunnite Movement” Presented at Presented at the African Studies Association annual meetings, Washington, D.C., November 17. (Panel chair, peer refereed).
  • 2011 “Senegalese Islam and Marriage in Domestic and Transnational Context.” Presented at Cosmopolitanism and Diversity in the African World Lecture Series, sponsored by the Carnegie Corporation of New York in cooperation with the West African Research Association, and the Council of American Overseas Research Centers, Montgomery College, October 11. (special invitation)
  • 2011 “Senegalese Islam and Marriage in Domestic and Transnational Context.” Presented at Cosmopolitanism and Diversity in the African World Lecture Series, sponsored by the Carnegie Corporation of New York in cooperation with the West African Research Association, and the Council of American Overseas Research Centers, Howard University, October 11. (special invitation)
  • 2011 “Urban and Immigrant African Muslim Women and Youth.” Presented at Cosmopolitanism and Diversity in the African World Lecture Series, sponsored by the Carnegie Corporation of New York in cooperation with the Ohio Humanities Council, Kent State University, January 26. (special invitation)
  • 2011 “Urban and Immigrant African Muslim Women and Youth.” Presented at Cosmopolitanism and Diversity in the African World Lecture Series, sponsored by the Carnegie Corporation of New York with the Ohio Humanities Council, the West African Research Association, and the Council of American Overseas Research Centers, Cuyahoga Community College, January 25. (special invitation)
  • 2011 “Women revivalists and Senegalese Islamic Specificity in sub-Saharan Africa.” Presented at Comparing Religions: On Theory and Method. A Conference in Honor of Martin Riesebrodt, University of Chicago, January 14. (peer refereed, special invitation)

Professional contributions:

  • Country Expert – Senegal (2012-13): Varieties of Democracy Project, University of Gothenberg and University of Notre Dame
  • Reviewer, Journal of Modern African Studies (2012)
  • Reviewer, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion (2012)
  • Reviewer, Canadian Journal of African Studies (2012)
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