Roberta Fiske-Rusciano
Adjunct Assistant Professor Email: ruscianor@rider.edu
Phone Number: 609-895-5761
Department Name:
Political Science, Global Studies, Multicultural Studies, and Gender Studies
Office Location:
Fine Arts 273

Faculty Office Hours

Mailing Address:
2083 Lawrence Road, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
Role: 
Faculty
Title: 
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Email: 
ruscianor@rider.edu
Phone Number: 
609-895-5761
Department Name: 
Political Science, Global Studies, Multicultural Studies, and Gender Studies
Mailing Address: 
2083 Lawrence Road, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
Office Location: 
Fine Arts 273

Roberta Fiske-Rusciano (Ph.D in Anthropology, Rutgers University, 1999, M.A. University of Chicago, 1980) is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Political Science, Global Studies, Multicultural Studies, and Gender Studies at Rider University. She has published three books entitled Experiencing Race, Class, and Gender in the United States (Editions 4, 5, and 6), as well as several chapters in other volumes. Her articles have appeared in such journals as the Harvard International Journal of Press/Politics, International Journal of Public Opinion Research, and the American Anthropologist. Her research interests include the theoretical and practical problems of carrying on "Difficult Dialogues" by videoconferencing with universities in the Middle East; cultural anthropological field techniques; medical anthropology; visual anthropology; policy challenges in multi-ethnic cities; and refugee women and global identities.

Education

  • Rutgers University: Ph.D in Anthropology.  Major Fields: Cultural anthropology and field research methods.  Doctoral Thesis: Public Voices, Private Lives: Women and National Identity in Germany.
  • University of Chicago:  M.A. in Social Sciences.  Master’s thesis: The Theoretical and Practical Problems of Identifying Urban Native Americans in Chicago.
  • Simmons College, Boston:  B.A. in Psychology and English.

Academic Awards and Honors

  • Oxford Round Table presenter
  • Ford Foundation Grant for Difficult Dialogues Project
  • Kettering Foundation Grant for studying deliberative discussion between American and Middle Eastern university students
  • Pew Grant for Scholarship of Teaching, American Political Science Association
  • Ziegler-Gee Award for Furthering the Advancement of Women, Rider Univerisity
  • Teaching assistantship in Department of Anthropology, Rutgers University
  • Teaching Fellowship in Godrej Colony, Bombay, India
  • Vermont Student Incentive Grant
  • Economic Opportunity Grant
  • Agnes Lindsay Fellowship
  • Teaching assistantship in Department of Psychology, Simmons College

Foreign Languages

  • Proficient in French and German; intermediate knowledge of Spanish.

Books

  • 2013: Experiencing Race, Class, and Gender in the United States, 6th Edition.  New York: McGraw-Hill, Inc.
  • 2009: Experiencing Race, Class, and Gender in the United States, 5th Edition.  New York: McGraw-Hill, Inc.
  • 2005: Experiencing Race, Class, and Gender in the United States, 4th Edition,  (with Virginia Cyrus), New York: McGraw-Hill, Inc.

Selected Publications

  • 2006:  “Behind the Percentages: Insights into American and Middle-Eastern Students’ Views On Terrorism.  Public Opinion Pros. April 2006. (With Frank Louis Rusciano and Ibrahim Saleh).
  • 2005:  “The Student Global Issues Forum: Videoconferencing towards Deliberative International Discussion.” Proceedings of the World Association for Public Opinion Research.  Cannes, France.  September 2005 (with Frank Louis Rusciano and Ibrahim Saleh).
  • 2005:  “Through the Looking Glass: Refugee Women and the Negotiation of Identity.” Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association.  Honolulu, Hawaii.  March 5, 2005.
  • 2004:  “International Media Perspectives on World Opinion during the War with Iraq.” Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association.  Montreal, Canada.  March 2004.  (Co-authored with Christopher J. Hill and Frank Louis Rusciano).
  • 2001:  “Construction and Contradiction: Gender and National Identity in the Federal Republic of Germany.”   Proceedings of the American Association for Public Opinion Research.  Montreal, Canada.  May 2001.
  • 2001:  “Responding to Michael Cohn’s Comments on Roberta Fiske-Rusciano’s Book Review Essay ‘The Ethnography of Contradiction: Studying Post-Unification Germany.’”  American Anthropologist.  103(4):1130.
  • 2000:  “The Ethnography of Contradiction: Studying Post-Unification Germany.”  American Anthropologist.  102(2):358-360.
  • 2000:  “The Cyber Elite.”  Proceedings of the Third Socio-cultural Research Conference.  Campinas, Brazil.  July 17, 2000.  (With Frank Louis Rusciano).
  • 2000:  “The Transfer of Hong Kong to China: A Study of the Construction of National Identity.” Proceedings of the World Association for Public Opinion Research.  Portland, Oregon.  May 2000.  (With Minmin Wang and Frank Louis Rusciano).
  • 1998:  “Towards a Notion of World Opinion.”  In Frank Louis Rusciano, with Roberta Fiske-Rusciano, Bosah Ebo, Sigfredo Hernandez, and John Crothers Pollock.  World Opinion and the Emerging International Order.  (Westport: Praeger, 1998). (With Frank Rusciano).
  • 1997:  "The Effect of World Opinion on National Identity."  Harvard International Journal of   Press/Politics.  2(3):71-92.  (With Frank Rusciano and Minmin Wang).
  • 1997:  "Sickle-Cell Anemia."  In Encyclopedia of Multiculturalism.  (Pasadena: Salem Press, 1997).
  • 1997:  "Gender, History, and Identity:  Some Empirical Observations on Germany." Proceedings of the American Association of Public Opinion Research.  Norfolk, Virginia.
  • 1995:  “Urban Indians.”  In Ready Reference: American Indians.  Chris Moose, Ed.  (Pasadena: Salem Press, 1995).
  • 1992:  “Public Voices, Private Lives: Gender and National Identity in the German Federal Republic.  Proceedings of the American Political Science Association.  Washington, D.C.
  • 1991:  "Gender and National Identity: The Case of the German Federal Republic." Proceedings of the American Anthropological Association.  Chicago, Illinois.
  • 1990:  "Towards a Notion of 'World Opinion'."  International Journal of Public Opinion Research.  2 (1990): 305-322 (with Frank Rusciano).
  • 1988:  "Towards a Notion of 'World Opinion':  A Comparative Content Analysis."  Proceedings of American Association of Public Opinion Research.  Toronto, Canada. (With Frank Rusciano and Peggy Spitzer Christoff).
  • 1978:  "Native American Artists in Chicago."  A Report on the Chicago Ethnic Arts Project.  (Washington: United States Library of Congress, 1978).

Selected Papers and Academic Conferences

  • Oxford Round Table presenter: “A Global Memory Place in the Student Global Village®: Iraq, Egypt, and the United States. March, 2013, Oxford University, England
  • 2013:  Chair and Presenter at the International Political Science Association,    “Civil Society Thinkers and Actors: Their roles in Preventing Corruptive Structures”, Paris, France.
  • 2012:  Chair and Presenter at the International Political Science Association,  “Class and Corruption: The Case of Northern Ireland.”  Madrid, Spain.
  • 2011: Presenter at the International Political Science Association, “Corruption: An Anthropological Perspective”, Ljubljana, Slovenia.
  • 2008:  Presenter at the American Political Science Association, “The Student Global Village: An Emerging Global Memory Place”, Boston, MA, August 29, 2008.
  • 2008:  Invited presenter (with Frank Rusciano) for the New Jersey Association for Public Opinion Research at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School. “The Student Global Village”. April 24, 2008.  Princeton, New Jersey.
  • 2008:  Invited participant for the roundtable discussion: “Building Bridges in the Classroom: Challenging  ISMs and Other Forms of Oppression”. International Studies Association Convention, March 28, 2008, San Francisco, CA.
  • 2008:  “The Student Global Village: Analyzing How U.S. and Middle Eastern Students View Relations Between Their Regions”, International Association for Media and Communications Research, July 21,      2008, Stockholm, Sweden.
  • 2007:  “The Student Global Village: Dialogues Across Borders”,  Instituto de Relacoes Internacionais,  Pontificia Universidade Catolica do Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
  • 2007:  Invited Participant, workshop on global memory, presentation: “Peace is too Important to Leave up to the Government: The Student Global Village as a Global Memory Place”,  Centre for the Study of Global Governance, London School of Economics.
  • 2006:  Discussant, Panel on “Governance in Ethnically Mixed Cities: Managing Ethnic Conflict in a Microcosm.”  Association for the Study of Nationalities, Harriman Institute, Columbia University
  • 2005:  Discussant, Panel on “Searching for Identity in the New Europe.”  Association for the Study of Nationalities, Harriman Institute, Columbia University
  • 2004:  Discussant, Panel on “Diaspora and Migration.”  Association for the Study of Nationalities, Harriman Institute, Columbia University
  • 2001:  “The Paradox of Being ‘the Other’ within a Community.”  Paper delivered at the Mid-Atlantic Women’s Studies Association.  The University of Delaware.  February 24.
  • 2000:  “The Transfer of Hong Kong to China: A Study of the Construction of National Identity.”  International Communication Conference.  Taipei, Taiwan.  November 18-19, 2000. (With Frank L. Rusciano and Minmin Wang).
  • 1999:  The Symbolic Body Politic: Women and National Identity in the German Federal Republic.”  Association for the Study of Nationalities, Harriman Institute, Columbia University.
  • 1991:  "Gender and National Identity:  The Case of West German Women."  New England Political Science Association.  Worcester, Massachusetts.
  • 1988:  "The Symbolic Body."  Fifth Annual Graduate Studies Program. Rutgers University.  New Brunswick, New Jersey.
  • 1986:  "Women and Mutedness in the Federal Republic of Germany."  Colloquium, Ethnologie Department.  University of Mainz.  Mainz, Germany.
  • 1983:  "The Mismanagement of an American Indian Agency."  New Jersey Political Science Association.  Paterson, New Jersey.
  • 1983:  "The Birth and Death of the Chicago American Indian Health Service." Northeastern Anthropological Association. Syracuse University. Syracuse, New York.
  • 1982:  "The Problems of Identifying Native Americans in Chicago."  Chair, panel on "Culture and Identity."  Northeastern Anthropological Association.  Princeton University.  Princeton, New Jersey.

University Teaching Experience

  • 2004-present:  Priority Adjunct Assistant Professor, “The Student Global Village.” Rider University.
  • 2004-present:  Priority Adjunct Assistant Professor, "Global Perspectives of Health and Illness." Rider University.
  • 2005-present:  Priority Adjunct Assistant Professor, "Ethnographic Film." Rider University.
  • 2004:  Adjunct Assistant Professor, “The Politics of Sexuality.”  The College of New Jersey.
  • 2003-present:  Priority Adjunct Assistant Professor, “Race & Ethnicity in American Politics.” Rider University.
  • 2002:  Adjunct Assistant Professor, “Issues in Multicultural Studies.” Rider University.
  • 2002-present:  Adjunct Assistant Professor, “Leadership and Community.”  Rider University.
  • 2001-present:  Adjunct Assistant Professor, “Social Construction of Global Society.” Rider University.
  • 2001:  Adjunct Assistant Professor, “Introduction to Women’s Studies.”  Rider University.
  • 2001:  Acting Director, Women’s Studies Program, Rider University.
  • 2000:  Adjunct Assistant Professor, “Gender, War, and Peace.”  Rider University.
  • 2000:  Acting Director, Program in Multicultural Studies, Rider University.
  • 2000:  Adjunct Assistant Professor, “Sociocultural Theory I.”  The College of New Jersey.
  • 1992-present:  Priority Adjunct Assistant Professor, “Race, Class, Gender and Ethnicity in America.”  Rider University.
  • 1992-2000:  Adjunct Assistant Professor, "Sex and Politics", Rider University.
  • 1993:  Adjunct Assistant Professor, "North American Indians", Rider University.
  • 1989:  Adjunct Instructor, "Women and Public Policy", Rutgers University.
  • 1985:  Teaching Assistant, “Evolutionary Anthropology”, Rutgers University.
  • 1983-1985:  Teaching Assistant, "Introduction to Anthropology",  Rutgers University.

Research and Organizational Positions

  • 2006-present:  Member of Advisory Board, Daughters of Zion, a Non-Governmental Organization dedicated to helping women ex-offenders function in society.
  • 2004-present:  Member of Board of Directors, United Front Against River Blindness, a Non-Governmental Organization dedicated to eradicating river blindness in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
  • 2001-present:  Member of Advisory Board for Rider University's Women's Refugee Scholarship
  • 1993-1994:  Research Assistant II for Professor Suzanne Keller, Department of Sociology, Princeton University.
  • 1991-1993:  Research Assistant II for Professor Robert Wuthnow, Department of Sociology, Princeton University.
  • 1985:  Member, Questionnaire Design Unit (Fragenbogenkonferenz) for project on women’s voting behavior in Germany.  Institut fuer Demoskopie, Allensbach, Germany.
  • 1981:  Research Assistant, Title III Program, Upsala College.
  • 1977:  Researcher, American Folklife Center, United States Library of Congress.
  • 1976-1980:  Research Associate, Chicago American Indian Health Service.
  • 1976-1980:  Research Associate, Chicago American Indian Center.

Professional Organizations

  • American Anthropological Association
  • Society for Medical Anthropology
  • Society for Visual Anthropology
  • International Association for Media and Communication Research
  • International Studies Association
  • Association for the Study of Nationalities
  • World Association for the Study of Public Opinion Research
  • United Front against River Blindness
  • New Jersey Association for Public Opinion Research
  • American Political Science Association