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Rachel Rinaldo (PhD University of Chicago, 2007) is a cultural sociologist interested in gender, globalization, social change, and religion, with a special focus on the developing world and Muslim societies. She has conducted fieldwork in Indonesia since 2002. Her first book, Mobilizing Piety: Islam and Feminism in Indonesia (Oxford 2013) is an ethnographic study of Muslim and secular women activists in the country with the world's largest Muslim population. She has published her work in journals such as Gender & Society, Qualitative Sociology, and Social Forces. She recently guest edited special issues of Gender & Society and Qualitative Sociology. Her current research projects include a study of marriage and divorce in urbanizing Java, as well as a study of how global and transnational processes are influencing the emergence of contemporary art in Southeast Asia.
- Rachel Rinaldo. Submitted Chapter. “Democratization and Women’s Activism in Indonesia.” Chapter for Activists in Transition: Contentious Politics in the New Indonesia, edited by Thushara Dibley, Michele Ford, and Vanessa Hearmann. Currently under review with Cornell University Press.
- Manisha Desai and Rachel Rinaldo. 2016. “Reorienting Gender and Globalization: Introduction to the Special Issue.” Qualitative Sociology 39/4.
- Orit Avishai, Afshan Jafar, and Rachel Rinaldo. 2015. “A Gender Lens on Religion.” Gender & Society 29/1.
- Rinaldo, Rachel. 2014. “Pious and Critical: Muslim Women Activists and the Question of Agency.” Gender & Society 28/6.
Rachel Rinaldo. 2013. Mobilizing Piety: Islam and Feminism in Indonesia. New York: Oxford University Press.
Rachel Rinaldo. 2013. "Religion and the Politics of Morality: Muslim Women Activists and the Pornography Debate in Indonesia.” Chapter 10 in Hui Yew-Foong, ed. Encountering Islam: The Politics of Religious Identities in Southeast Asia. Singapore: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies.
Rachel Rinaldo. 2013. “Sociology.” Chapter 18 in Encyclopedia of Women in Islamic Cultures, edited by Suad Joseph. 2013 edition: Disciplinary Paradigms and Approaches. Brill Publications.
- Rinaldo, Rachel. 2011. “Muslim Women, Moral Visions: Globalization and Gendered Debates in Indonesia.” Qualitative Sociology 34/4.
- Rinaldo, Rachel. 2010. “The Islamic Revival and Women’s Political Subjectivity in Indonesia.” Women’s Studies International Forum 33/4: 422-431.
Rinaldo, Rachel. 2010. “Women and Piety Movements.” Chapter 26 in Bryan S. Turner, ed. The New Blackwell Companion to the Sociology of Religion. New York: Wiley-Blackwell.
Rachel Rinaldo. 2008. "Envisioning the Nation: Women Activists, Religion, and the Public Sphere in Indonesia." Social Forces 86/4.
Rinaldo, Rachel. 2002. “Ironic Legacies: The New Order and Indonesian Women’s Groups.” Outskirts, a journal of feminist cultural criticism, vol. 10.
- "How a Growing Number of Women Clerics are Challenging Traditional Narratives" The Conversation (2017)
- An American in Jakarta" (2015) Gender & Society blog
"Islam and Feminism are not at Odds" (2015) Bitch Magazine Online
"Pious and Critical: Muslim Women Activists in Indonesia" (2015) Gender & Society blog