Ph.D., Sociology, University of Chicago, 2007
M.A., University of Chicago
B.A., Barnard College
CAS Speaker Bureau Topic(s)
Gender; Globalization; Culture; Religion, including Islam; Social Movements; Southeast Asia
Regional and Thematic Interests
Gender; Religion; Government/Political Systems
Rachel Rinaldo is a cultural sociologist interested in gender and social change, particularly in the context of Muslim societies and Southeast Asia. Her first book Mobilizing Piety: Islam and Feminism in Indonesia is an ethnographic study of Muslim and secular women activists in Indonesia, and examines the different ways these activists engage with global discourses of Islam and feminism. She is currently doing research on marriage and divorce in Indonesia, and on the Muslim fashion industries in the US and Indonesia.
2015. Avishai, Orit, Afshan Jafar, and Rachel Rinaldo. "A Gender Lens on Religion." Gender & Society 29.1: 5-25.
2013. Rachel Rinaldo. Mobilizing Piety: Islam and Feminism in Indonesia (Oxford University Press).
2014. Rachel Rinaldo. “Pious and Critical: Muslim Women Activists and the Question of Agency.” Gender & Society 28/6, pp: 824-246.
2008. Rachel Rinaldo. “Envisioning the Nation: Women Activists, Religion, and the Public Sphere in Indonesia.” Social Forces 86/4, pp. 1781-1804.