Afshan Jafar

Afshan is originally from Pakistan. She came to the U.S. for her undergraduate and graduate studies (Ohio Wesleyan University and University of Massachusetts, Amherst respectively). She is now an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Connecticut College. Her research and teaching interests are globalization, transnational women’s movements, fundamentalist and nationalist movements, gender, and the body. Her first book, Womens NGOs in Pakistan (Palgrave Macmillan, August 2011) uncovers the overwhelming challenges facing women’s NGOs and examines the strategies used by them to ensure not just their survival but an acceptance of their messages by the larger public.

She lives in Connecticut, with her husband Michael and their two daughters, Aleena and Lilah.

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Most Recent Articles

July 9, 2014
Letting students take responsibility.  
June 23, 2014
Afshan Jafar offers advice on what you should and should not do when serving on a faculty steering committee.
May 26, 2014
Time to remove the hyphen in scholar-activist.
February 23, 2014
Lessons from a reversed reality.
December 1, 2013
Collegiality rules.
November 13, 2013
Values and body expectations.
September 12, 2013
Designing board games.
July 31, 2013
Lessons from a notorious interview.
July 24, 2013
Working on campus -- or off.
March 5, 2013
The 30 essays in Presumed Incompetent expose a nasty truth about Academia: it is not above the realities of everyday American life. It, in fact, reproduces and reinforces society’s inequalities, stereotypes, and hierarchies within its own walls.


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