Rina Williams

Rina Williams

Associate Professor

Associate Professor of Political Science; Affiliate Faculty, Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies and Asian Studies

Crosley Tower

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Professional Summary

Rina Verma Williams received her A.M and Ph.D. in Political Science from Harvard University, and B.A. (Political Science) and B.S. (Chemistry) from the University of California at Irvine. She teaches in the Departments of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies and Political Science. Her areas of specialization include South Asian politics; women and gender; ethnicity and nationalism; religion and politics; and politics of the developing nations. Her first book, Postcolonial Politics and Personal Laws: Colonial Legal Legacies and the Indian State, was published by Oxford University Press in 2006. Her current research examines the role of women and gender in religious nationalism in Indian politics. Before coming to UC, she taught in Virginia and Texas.

Education

Ph.D., Political Science: Harvard University Cambridge, MA, 1998 (South Asian Politics; Women and Gender; Identity Politics; Law and Politics; Comparative Politics of the Developing World)

A.M., Political Science: Harvard University Cambridge, MA, 1990 (International Relations; U.S. Foreign Policy; Comparative Politics; Latin American Politics)

B.A. cum laude Political Science: University of California Irvine Irvine, CA, 1987 (American Politics, U.S. Congress, Political Theory)

B.S. Chemistry: University of California Irvine Irvine, CA, 1987

Positions and Work Experience

2011 - Assistant Professor, Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies and Political Science; Affiliate Faculty, Asian Studies, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH

2008 -2011 Assistant Professor, Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Cultures and Studies in Women and Gender, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

2006 -2008 Interim Director, Studies in Women and Gender, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

2004 -2006 Associate Director, Center for South Asian Studies, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

2002 -2004 Academic Advisor and Lecturer, Political Science, University of Houston, Houston, TX

1999 -2002 Assistant Professor, Political Science and Director, Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program, Prairie View A&M University, Prairie View, TX

1997 -1998 Research Associate, Graduate School of Business Administration, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

2016 - Associate Professor, Political Science, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, USA

Research Support

Investigators:Rina Williams 2011 University of Cincinnati Taft International Conference Travel $1645 Completed Level:University

Investigators:Rina Williams 2012 University of Cincinnati Faculty Development Council $1500 Completed Level:University

Investigators:Rina Williams 2012 University of Cincinnati Faculty Development Council $1200 Planned/In Preparation Level:University

Investigators:Rina Williams 2012 University of Cincinnati Faculty Development Council $2500 Completed Level:University

Investigators:Rina Williams 2013 University of Cincinnati Taft Domestic Conference Travel $600 Completed Type:Grant Level:University

Investigators:Rina Williams 2013 Taft Research Center Travel for Research $3700 Completed Type:Grant Level:College

Investigators:Williams, Rina 05-01-2013 -06-30-2013 URC Faculty 2012-13 Role:PI $8,000.00 Completed

Grant: #URC Interdisciplinary Awards AY2016-17 Investigators:Williams, Rina 05-01-2017 -04-30-2018 UC's University Research Council Oral Histories of Women in Political Science Role:PI $10,000.00 Active Level:Internal UC

Grant: #Cincinnati Project Investigators:Bankston, Karen; Blessett, Brandi; Conger, Kimberly; Gaynor, Tia; Williams, Rina 08-15-2019 -10-31-2020 United Way of Greater Cincinnati The Cincinnati Project, University of Cincinnati Team - United Way Greater Cincinnati Role:Collaborator $102,990.00 Awarded Level:Private Non-Profit

Grant: #R40528 Investigators:Blessett, Brandi; Conger, Kimberly; Gaynor, Tia; Houh, Emily; Jenkins, Laura; Williams, Rina 10-01-2019 -03-31-2020 UC's Urban Futures Digital Futures Anchor Development Program Admin, Law, & Justice Lab Role:Collaborator $10,000.00 Active Level:Internal UC

Grant: #APSA CCR Grant Investigators:Jenkins, Laura; Williams, Rina 09-15-2020 -12-31-2020 American Political Science Association “Women in Political Science: An Oral History Project.” Role:Collaborator $2,340.00 Awarded Level:Private Non-Profit

Grant: #R40765 Investigators:Williams, Rina 04-01-2021 -04-30-2022 UC's AHSS A field of our own: Women in political science Role:PI $9,983.00 Active Level:Internal UC

Abbreviated Publications

Monograph

Postcolonial Politics and Personal Laws: Colonial Legal Legacies and the Indian State. New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2006.

Peer Reviewed Publications

“Hindu Law as Personal Law: State and Identity in the Hindu Code Bills Debates, 1952-56.” Timothy Lubin et. al., eds. Hinduism and Law: An Introduction. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010.

“Gender, Nation, Religion: Political Discourse and the Personal Laws in India, 1952-1956.” Journal of the Southwestern Conference on Asian Studies Vol. 5 (October 2005): 51-83.

“Making Minority Identities: Gender, State, and Muslim Personal Law.” In Rowena Robinson, ed. Minority Studies. Oxford India Series on Contemporary Society (Series Editor Sujata Patel). New Delhi: Oxford University Press 2012.

"Failure to Launch: Women and the Hindu Mahasabhu in Colonial India" Politics, Religion and Ideology 13:4 (forthcoming December 2013).

“Chasing Modern(ity) From Religion to Gender: Debating Hindu Law in India, 1920-2006.” Gender & History, Special Issue on Gender and Religion (forthcoming September 2013).

Presentations

Invited Presentations

Rina Williams (10-2012. ) A Tale of Two Women: Jankibai Joshi, Lakshmibai Kelkar, and the Early Rise of Hindu Nationalism in Late Colonial India .University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA. Level:National

Rina Williams (02-2013. ) Gendering Religious Nationalism: Women, Democracy and Party Politics in India .University of Cincinnati, Dept. of Sociology. UC. . Level:University

Paper Presentations

Rina Willams (03-2012. ) Winning Women’s Votes: Political Parties and Religious Nationalism in India’s Democracy .Toronto, Canada. Conference. Level:International

Rina Williams (10-2012. ) Private in Public: The Place(s) of Women in Hindu Nationalist Politics and Indian Democracy .Madison, WI. Conference. Level:International

Rina Williams (03-2013. ) Mobilizing/Mobility for Muslim Women in Colonial India: The All-India Muslim League, 1906-1940 .San Diego, CA. Conference. Level:International

Event Organized

Contested Spaces: Women, Religion, and Agency in South and Southeast Asia

Contested Spaces: Women, Religion, and Agency in South and Southeast Asia Other 03-2012 Toronto, Canada Level:International

Methods, Means and Mores: A Roundtable on “Doing” Global and Transnational Women and Gender Research

Methods, Means and Mores: A Roundtable on “Doing” Global and Transnational Women and Gender Research Other 11-2013 11-2013 Cincinnati, OH Level:International

Honors and Awards

11-2011 Best Paper on Women or Gender and Politics Women's Caucus of the Northeast Political Science Association Status:Recipient Level:Regional Type:Recognition

Service

Dept. of WGSS (Undergraduate Curriculum Committee ) Committee Member Type:Departmental Service Level:Department 09-2011

Dept. of WGSS (Ad Hoc Search Committee: Educator ) Committee Member Type:Departmental Service Level:Department 09-2011

Dept. of WGSS (Ad Hoc PhD Exploratory Committee ) Committee Member Type:Departmental Service Level:Department 01-2013

Dept. of WGSS (Ad Hoc Strategic Planning Committee ) Committee Member Type:Departmental Service Level:Department 01-2013

Dept. of Political Science (Ad Hoc Search Committee: TT International Relations ) Committee Member Type:Departmental Service Level:Department 08-2011

McMicken College of Arts & Sciences (Political Science Head Search Committee ) Committee Member Type:University/College Service Level:College 01-2012

McMicken College of Arts & Sciences (Diversity Task Force ) Member Type:University/College Service Level:College 10-2012

University of Cincinnati (Faculty Senate ) Elected Member Type:University/College Service Level:University 08-2012

University of Cincinnati (Faculty Senate Planning Committee ) Elected Member Type:University/College Service Level:University 08-2012

University of Cincinnati (University Libraries Committee ) Elected Member Type:University/College Service Level:University 08-2012

University of Cincinnati Office of the Provost (Provostal Efficiency Council ) Member Type:University/College Service Level:University 01-2013

University of Cincinnati (University Research Council ) Reviewer Type:University/College Service Level:University 01-2013

Politics, Groups and Identities Editorial Board Member Type:Editorial Service Level:National 03-2012

American Political Science Association (Women and Politics Organized Research Section ) Secretary Type:Service to Professional Associations Level:National 09-2009 -09-2010

National Endowment for the Humanities (South and Southeast Asia Fellowships ) Review Board/Panel Type:Grant Panel Level:National 03-2009 -03-2009

Southwest Conference on Asian Studies (Officer ) Other Type:Service to Professional Associations Level:Regional 08-2003 -08-2004

Sage Publications India Reviewer Type:Editorial Service Level:International

Routledge/Taylor & Francis Reviewer Type:Editorial Service Level:International

Politics & Gender Peer Review/Referee Type:Editorial Service Level:National

American Political Science Review Peer Review/Referee Type:Editorial Service Level:National

Social Science Quarterly Peer Review/Referee Type:Editorial Service Level:National

Feminist Economics Peer Review/Referee Type:Editorial Service Level:National

Nationalism and Ethnic Politics Peer Review/Referee Type:Editorial Service Level:International

Asian Politics & Policy Peer Review/Referee Type:Editorial Service Level:International

Journal of the Southwest Conference on Asian Studies Peer Review/Referee Type:Editorial Service Level:Regional

Professional Affiliation

Association for Asian Studies Member

American Political Science Association Member

Courses Taught

15-POL-490 SENIOR PROJECT Identity Politics Level:Undergraduate

15-WGS-241 INTRO WOMENS ST Level:Undergraduate

Problems & Prospects of Democratic Citizenship: Multiculturalism and Women's Rights Level:Undergraduate

15-WGS-656 WMN HUMAN RGHTS GRD Level:Both

15-POL-568 NAT & IDENTITY POL Level:Both

-POL-2015 WOMEN AND POLITICS Level:Undergraduate

Politics of South Asia Level:Undergraduate

15-WGS-735 FEM THRY:RC/CLS/NA Level:Both

Feminist Theory Level:Undergraduate

Faculty Development Activities

Research and Publication on the Tenure Track CET&L University of Cincinnati Type:Other

Write Winning Grant Proposals Grant Writers' Seminar and Workshops University of Cincinnati Type:Workshop

Writing Effective Grants for External Funding CET&L University of Cincinnati Type:Workshop

Writing Effective Individual FDC Grants CET&L University of Cincinnati Type:Workshop

Creating and Maintaining Work/Life Balance CET&L University of Cincinnati Type:Workshop

Documenting Your Teaching in the RPT Process CET&L University of Cincinnati Type:Workshop

Preparing Your Year-One Reappointment Dossier CET&L University of Cincinnati Type:Workshop

E-Professional Office of the Provost University of Cincinnati Type:Seminar

Nonprofit Organization Proposal Development Grant Training Center University of Cincinnati Type:Workshop

Refworks 2.0 Langsam Library University of Cincinnati Type:Workshop

Time Management Continuous Professional Development University of Cincinnati Type:Workshop

Effective Communication Center for Clinical Translational Science and Training University of Cincinnati Type:Workshop

The Paper Trail Center for Clinical Translational Science and Training University of Cincinnati Type:Workshop

Digital Teaching Portfolios Faculty Development Council University of Cincinnati Type:Other

Qualtrics Course Evaluation Tool: Early Term Feedback Pilot CET&L University of Cincinnati Type:Other

eRPT Office of the Provost University of Cincinnati Type:Tutorial