Ariella R. Rotramel

Ariella R. Rotramel

Vandana Shiva Assistant Professor of Gender, Sexuality and Intersectionality Studies

Joined Connecticut College: 2012

On sabbatical, Spring 2019

Ph.D., Rutgers University
B.A., University of Illinois at Chicago


Social movements

Gender and women's history

Women and work

Ethnic studies

Queer and sexuality studies

Feminist praxis

Community-based learning

Digital Humanities

Rotramel's research and teaching agenda reflect her interdisciplinary training and commitment to bridging theoretical and practical engagements of identity and social justice issues. Professor Rotramel has taught Feminist Approaches to Disability Studies, Transnational Women's Movements and Public Policy and Social Ethics, Introduction to Gender and Women's Studies, Introduction to Queer Studies and Feminist Theory.

Her book project, "Pushing Back: Transnational Women of Color Leadership," is an intensive study of two transnational communities of color organizations in New York City which demonstrates that campaigns against injustices stemming from domestic work, housing and the environment are most effective when women of color activists rely on a wide range of political approaches. The findings demonstrate the importance of utilizing a multi-method intersectional approach to research within and across communities. The study uncovers activists' utilization of nuanced forms of identity politics to build their organizations and broader alliances.

Rotramel holds a bachelor of arts degree for an Independent Program of Study (Intersections of Racial, Sexual and Gender Identities) from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and a doctorate in Women's and Gender Studies from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.

Recent publications and presentations by Ariella Rotramel:

  • Rotramel, Ariella. 'U.S. Presidents and LGBT Policy: Leadership, Civil Rights, and Morality Claims, 1977–2015,' in The Gendered Executive: A Comparative Analysis of Presidents, Prime Ministers, and Chief Executives, edited by Janet M. Martin and MaryAnne Borrelli (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2016): 123-146.
  • Rotramel, Ariella. ''This is like family': Activist-Survivor Histories and Motherwork,'; in U.S. Women's History: Untangling the Threads of Sisterhood, edited by Leslie Brown, Anne Valk and Jacqueline Castledine (Piscataway, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2017): 49-62.
  • Rotramel, Ariella. 'We make the spring rolls, they make their own rules': Filipina Domestic Workers' Fight for Labor Rights in New York City and Los Angeles," AAPI Nexus: Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Policy, Practice, and Community Journal 10.2, Fall 2012

Additional publications:

  • Rotramel, Ariella. 'Third Wave Feminism.' In The Social History of the American Family: An Encyclopedia, edited by Marilyn J. Coleman and Lawrence H. Ganong, vol. 20, 1376-78. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, Inc., 2014.
  • Rotramel, Ariella, and Dianna M. Rodriguez. 'Birth Control Pills.' In The Social History of the American Family: An Encyclopedia, edited by Marilyn J. Coleman and Lawrence H. Ganong, vol. 2, 110-13. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, Inc., 2014.
  • Rotramel, Ariella. 'Feminist Praxis and Wikipedia in the Classroom' Wikipedia Education Foundation blog, March 23, 2016,
  • Rotramel, Ariella. 'Content Notes & Trauma in the Classroom,' Teaching & Learning at Connecticut College, Spring 2015, 17-38.
  • Rotramel, Ariella, and Ria Das Gupta. 'Addressing Gaps in the Defense of Women Human Rights Defenders: A Strategic Conversation' Report. Center for Women's Global Leadership, Summer 2011,

Engage blog contributions:

Recent conferences attended:

  • Fighting for Our People: Queering Motherwork through New York Community Activism, Who Said It Was Simple?: Dynamics of Gender, Sexuality, Race and Class in Community Engagement of Space in and out of Cities, Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, Genders, and Sexualities, Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY, June 2017. Organizer and Paper Presenter.
  • Technological Disruptions: Feminist Pedagogical Approaches and Challenges workshop, Southern Connecticut State University Women's Studies Conference, New Haven, CT, April 2016. Organizer and Co-facilitator.
  • Emergent Metaliteracies: Bridging Feminist Participatory Digital Environments and the College Classroom, National Women's Studies Association, San Juan, PR, November 2014. Organizer and Co-presenter.
  • Building Strength from the Margins: Economic and Carceral Justice Struggles in the LGBTQ Movement, The Global Struggle for LGBTQ Rights: Legal, Political and Social Dimensions Symposium, Rutgers School of Law, April 2015. Invited Speaker.

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