Faculty & Staff
Title: Associate Professor of Political Science; Affiliate Faculty, Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies and Asian Studies
Office: 1118 Crosley Tower
Rina Verma Williams received her A.M and Ph.D. in Political Science from Harvard University, and B.A. (Political Science) and B.S. (Chemistry) from the University of California at Irvine. She teaches in the Departments of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies and Political Science. Her areas of specialization include South Asian politics; women and gender; ethnicity and nationalism; religion and politics; and politics of the developing nations. Her first book, Postcolonial Politics and Personal Laws: Colonial Legal Legacies and the Indian State, was published by Oxford University Press in 2006. Her current research examines the role of women and gender in religious nationalism in Indian politics. Before coming to UC, she taught in Virginia and Texas.
- Ph.D., Political Science, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, 1998 (South Asian Politics; Women and Gender; Identity Politics; Law and Politics; Comparative Politics of the Developing World).
- A.M., Political Science, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, 1990 (International Relations; U.S. Foreign Policy; Comparative Politics; Latin American Politics).
- B.A. cum laude Political Science, University of California Irvine, Irvine, CA, 1987 (American Politics, U.S. Congress, Political Theory).
- B.S. Chemistry, University of California Irvine, Irvine, CA, 1987.
- Rina Williams, Taft International Conference Travel, University of Cincinnati. $1645. 2011. Status: Completed.
- Rina Williams, Faculty Development Council, University of Cincinnati. $1500. 2012. Status: Completed.
- Rina Williams, Faculty Development Council, University of Cincinnati. $1200. 2012. Status: Planned/In Preparation.
- Rina Williams, Faculty Development Council, University of Cincinnati. $2500. 2012. Status: Completed.
- Rina Williams, Taft Domestic Conference Travel, University of Cincinnati. $600. 2013. Status: Completed.
- Rina Williams, Travel for Research, Taft Research Center. $3700. 2013. Status: Completed.
- (PI), Williams, Rina, URC Faculty 2012-13. $8,000.00. 05-01-2013 to 06-30-2013. Status: Completed.
- (PI), Williams, Rina, Oral Histories of Women in Political Science, UC's University Research Council. (URC Interdisciplinary Awards AY2016-17), $10,000.00. 05-01-2017 to 04-30-2018. Status: Active.
Peer Reviewed Publications
- “Hindu Law as Personal Law: State and Identity in the Hindu Code Bills Debates, 1952-56.” Timothy Lubin et. al., eds. Hinduism and Law: An Introduction. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010.
- “Gender, Nation, Religion: Political Discourse and the Personal Laws in India, 1952-1956.” Journal of the Southwestern Conference on Asian Studies Vol. 5 (October 2005): 51-83.
- “Making Minority Identities: Gender, State, and Muslim Personal Law.” In Rowena Robinson, ed. Minority Studies. Oxford India Series on Contemporary Society (Series Editor Sujata Patel). New Delhi: Oxford University Press 2012.
- "Failure to Launch: Women and the Hindu Mahasabhu in Colonial India" Politics, Religion and Ideology 13:4 (forthcoming December 2013).
- “Chasing Modern(ity) From Religion to Gender: Debating Hindu Law in India, 1920-2006.” Gender & History, Special Issue on Gender and Religion (forthcoming September 2013).
- Postcolonial Politics and Personal Laws: Colonial Legal Legacies and the Indian State. New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2006.[Link]
Presentations & Lectures
- Rina Williams (10-2012). A Tale of Two Women: Jankibai Joshi, Lakshmibai Kelkar, and the Early Rise of Hindu Nationalism in Late Colonial India University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA.
- Rina Williams (02-2013). Gendering Religious Nationalism: Women, Democracy and Party Politics in India University of Cincinnati, Dept. of Sociology.
- Rina Willams (03-2012). Winning Women’s Votes: Political Parties and Religious Nationalism in India’s Democracy, Toronto, Canada.
- Rina Williams (10-2012). Private in Public: The Place(s) of Women in Hindu Nationalist Politics and Indian Democracy, Madison, WI.
- Rina Williams (03-2013). Mobilizing/Mobility for Muslim Women in Colonial India: The All-India Muslim League, 1906-1940, San Diego, CA.
Honors & Awards
- Best Paper on Women or Gender and Politics, Women's Caucus of the Northeast Political Science Association, 11-2011.
Experience & Service
- 2011Assistant Professor, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH.
- 2008 to 2011, Assistant Professor, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA.
- 2006 to 2008, Interim Director, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA.
- 2004 to 2006, Associate Director, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA.
- 2002 to 2004, Academic Advisor and Lecturer, University of Houston, Houston, TX.
- 1999 to 2002, Assistant Professor, Prairie View A&M University, Prairie View, TX.
- 1997 to 1998, Research Associate, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.
- Other. Contested Spaces: Women, Religion, and Agency in South and Southeast Asia (03-2012, Toronto, Canada.
- Other. Methods, Means and Mores: A Roundtable on “Doing” Global and Transnational Women and Gender Research (11-2013 to 11-2013) , Cincinnati, OH.
- Committee Member, Dept. of WGSS Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, 09-2011
- Committee Member, Dept. of WGSS Ad Hoc Search Committee: Educator, 09-2011
- Committee Member, Dept. of WGSS Ad Hoc PhD Exploratory Committee, 01-2013
- Committee Member, Dept. of WGSS Ad Hoc Strategic Planning Committee, 01-2013
- Committee Member, Dept. of Political Science Ad Hoc Search Committee: TT International Relations, 08-2011
- Committee Member, McMicken College of Arts & Sciences Political Science Head Search Committee, 01-2012
- Member, McMicken College of Arts & Sciences Diversity Task Force, 10-2012
- Elected Member, University of Cincinnati Faculty Senate, 08-2012
- Elected Member, University of Cincinnati Faculty Senate Planning Committee, 08-2012
- Elected Member, University of Cincinnati University Libraries Committee, 08-2012
- Member, University of Cincinnati Office of the Provost Provostal Efficiency Council, 01-2013
- Reviewer, University of Cincinnati University Research Council, 01-2013
- Editorial Board Member, Politics, Groups and Identities 03-2012
- Secretary, American Political Science Association Women and Politics Organized Research Section, 09-2009 to 09-2010
- Review Board/Panel, National Endowment for the Humanities South and Southeast Asia Fellowships, 03-2009 to 03-2009
- Other, Southwest Conference on Asian Studies Officer, 08-2003 to 08-2004
- Reviewer, Sage Publications India
- Reviewer, Routledge/Taylor & Francis
- Peer Review/Referee, Politics & Gender
- Peer Review/Referee, American Political Science Review
- Peer Review/Referee, Social Science Quarterly
- Peer Review/Referee, Feminist Economics
- Peer Review/Referee, Nationalism and Ethnic Politics
- Peer Review/Referee, Asian Politics & Policy
- Peer Review/Referee, Journal of the Southwest Conference on Asian Studies
Other Experience and Professional Memberships
- Association for Asian Studies, . Member
- American Political Science Association, . Member
- 15-POL-490 SENIOR PROJECT
- 15-WGS-241 INTRO WOMENS ST
- Level: Undergraduate
- 15-WGS-656 WMN HUMAN RGHTS GRD
- 15-POL-568 NAT & IDENTITY POL
- -POL-2015 WOMEN AND POLITICS
- Level: Undergraduate
- 15-WGS-735 FEM THRY:RC/CLS/NA
- Level: Undergraduate