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Samar Rodriguez-Fairplay

Assistant Professor of Sociology


Degrees

PHD, 2016, SUNY Stony Brook Univ; MA, 2012, SUNY Stony Brook Univ; BA, 2010, Univ Florida


Bio

Pronouns: they/them



SM Rodriguez is a scholar-activist and Assistant Professor in the Criminology Program. Their research interests, as well as organizing efforts, lie in anti-carceral justice movements that are by and for same-gender loving and gender non-conforming people of African descent. Their monograph, The Economies of Queer Inclusion (Lexington Books), relies on a multi-sited ethnography in Kampala, Uganda and New York City between 2011 and 2014. The text examines the legal repression of queer and trans Ugandans, the politics of international solidarity and the effects of transnational LGBTQ advocacy on grassroots activism in Kampala. Dr. Rodriguez lectures throughout the US on African diasporic activist connections; queer empowerment in the US and abroad; the militarization of the police; and mass incarceration in the United States.



Professor Rodriguez is the Director of Hofstra's LGBTQ+ Studies Program.



Selected Publications:



(2020). Carceral Protectionism and the Perpetually (In)Vulnerable


(2019). The Economies of Queer Inclusion: Transnational Organizing for LGBTI Rights in Uganda. Lexington Books.


(2018).Challenging Perspectives on Street-Based Sex Work, by Hail-Jares, Shdaimah and Leon. Contemporary Sociology: A Journal of Reviews, 47(6). pp. 715–717


(2017).Homophobic Nationalism: The development of sodomy legislation in Uganda. Comparative Sociology, 16(3). pp 393-421.


Teaching Interests

Penal Abolition, Transformative Justice, Identity and the Nation-State

Research Interests

Justice Ideologies and Movements, Regulating Sex and Gender, Critical Studies of Prisons and Policing

Recent Courses Taught

Course Title Level
AFST 187J ARE PRISONS OBSOLETE Undergraduate
CRM 001 (IS) INTRO TO CRIMINOLOGY Undergraduate
CRM 187F (IS) ARE PRISONS OBSOLETE? Undergraduate
CRM 187Y (IS) ADV SEM: SEX & CRIME Undergraduate
CRM 190 INTERNSHIP IN CRIMINOLOGY Undergraduate
CRM 191 ADV SEMINAR: ARE PRISONS OBSOL Undergraduate
INTD 003A ACE NEW YORK Undergraduate
SOC 151 INDEPENDENT RESEARCH IN SOC Undergraduate
SOC 187F (BH) ARE PRISONS OBSOLETE? Undergraduate
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