Nafisa Tanjeem (she/her) is an Assistant Professor of Gender, Race, and Sexuality Studies and Global Studies at Lesley University. She is currently serving as a Visiting Scholar at the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program of Northeastern University in the academic year 2020-21.

Before joining Lesley, Nafisa taught at Rutgers University, the University of Toronto, and the University of Dhaka. She has been actively involved in community organizing and social justice activism. As Community Organizer of Council of Agencies Serving South Asians (CASSA), she designed and implemented local campaigns aimed at promoting poverty reduction, gender equity, and youth engagement among South Asian immigrant communities in Toronto, Canada. She was also an organizer of United Students Against Sweatshops in the USA and “Meye” (Women) network in Bangladesh.

Research and Teaching Interests

Nafisa’s research and teaching interests include transnational, postcolonial, and decolonial feminisms; critical race theory; globalization and feminist politics; critical community engagement; nonprofit industrial complex; critical university studies; and transnational social justice movements with a specific focus on the United States and South Asia.


Ph.D. (Women’s and Gender Studies), Rutgers University, USA, 2017

M.A. (Women’s and Gender Studies), University of Toronto, Canada, 2009

B.A. (Women and Gender Studies), University of Dhaka, Bangladesh, 2008