Nafisa Tanjeem

Nafisa Tanjeem

Associate Professor, Interdisciplinary Studies, Worcester State University

Worcester State University

Nafisa Tanjeem is an Assistant Professor of Gender, Race, and Sexuality Studies and Global Studies at Lesley University. Her research and teaching interests include transnational, postcolonial, and decolonial feminisms; critical race theory; globalization and feminist politics; and transnational social justice movements with a specific focus on the United States and South Asia. Nafisa is currently working on finishing her book manuscript that examines transnational labor activism and activist discourses developed in relation to the deadliest garment industrial disaster in human history, the 2013 collapse of Rana Plaza – a factory building housing five garment factories in Savar, Bangladesh, and continued until the global COVID-19 pandemic. The project examines the gendered, racialized, classed, and (trans)national trajectory of labor organizing around the Accord, the Alliance, and the COVID-19 pandemic proposing diverging concepts of safety, security, and labor rights, and the challenges that arise when these concepts clash in various local and global, physical and virtual organizing spaces.

Areas of Expertise

  • Anthropology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Economic Inequality
  • Race and Ethnicity


  • Ethnographic Methods
  • Focus Groups
  • Interviews
  • Qualitative Methods