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Sasha Rodriguez

Assistant Professor of Sociology


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


Pronouns: they/them or she/her

SM Rodriguez is a scholar-activist and Assistant Professor in the Criminology Program. Their research interests, as well as organizing efforts, lie in justice movements that are by and for same-gender loving and gender non-conforming people of African descent. Their forthcoming monograph, The Economies of Queer Inclusion (Lexington Books), is based off of participant observation and interviewing in Kampala, Uganda and New York City between 2011 and 2014. The text examines the dialectics of global and local culture and the effects of transnational LGBTQ advocacy on grassroots activism in Kampala. Dr. Rodriguez has also done extensive research on the legislative history of sodomy in Uganda, with particular interest in the postcolonial motivations to develop laws which control citizen sexuality.

Professor 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.

Selected Publications:

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

Rodriguez, S.M. (forthcoming). On Freddie Gray. The Encyclopedia of Racial Violence. Sowande Mustakeem and Douglas Flowe (eds.)

Kimmel, M. & The Stony Brook Sexualities Research Group (eds). (2014). Sexualities: Identities, Behaviors, and Society (2nd Ed). Oxford University Press.

Teaching Interests

Justice Ideologies and Movements, Mass Incarceration, Legislating Sex

Research Interests

Sexual Politics; Gender, Race and the Nation-State; Social Movements

Recent Courses Taught

Course Title Level
CRM 187R (IS) RACE & CRIMINALITY Undergraduate
CRM 187Y (IS) ADV SEM: SEX & CRIME Undergraduate
SOC 153 (BH) SOC OF HUMAN RIGHTS Undergraduate