Associate Professor of Rural Sociology (School of Environment and Natural Resources and of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies; Adjunct Associate Professor of Social Work.
Research focuses on processes of social change (theories of development, globalization, and economic/political restructuring; community/regional development; planning and policy analysis; macro/micro links; gender, class and other context-specific differences; grassroots organizing, social movements--including against "domestic" violence and for women's rights).
Field work experience in Venezuela, Mexico, Senegal, Uganda, and India.
Local research (2011) on battered women, clients of a local battered women's center, Somali refugees (with 2 graduate students) and an undocumented Latino immigrant community (with 1 graduate student).
WGSS courses focus on violence against women; global/transnational feminisms; feminist analysis in global perspective; women, environment and development.
- “Advancing Women’s Rights Inside and Outside the Bolivarian Revolution: 1998-2010.” In Thomas Ponniah and Jonathan Eastwood, eds. The Revolution in Venezuela. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2011. Cathy A. Rakowski and Gioconda Espina.
- “Women’s Struggles for Rights in Venezuela: Opportunities and Challenges.” In Elizabeth Meier and Nathalie Lebon, eds. Women’s Activism in Latin America and the Caribbean: Engendering Social Justice, Democratizing Citizenship. Rutgers University Press, 2010, pp. 255-272. Cathy A. Rakowski and Gioconda Espina.
- “Waking Women Up? Chávez, populism and Venezuela’s ‘popular’ women.” In Karen Kampwirth, ed. Gender and Populism in Latin America: Passionate Politics. Penn State University Press, 2010. Gioconda Espina and Cathy A. Rakowski.