Adjunct Assistant Professor

Department Name 
Political Science, Global Studies, Multicultural Studies, and Gender Studies

Office Location 
Fine Arts 273
Mailing Address 
2083 Lawrence Road, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648

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

  • Santander Universities and the Independent College Fund of New Jersey: Grant for the Student Global Village® Expansion Project
  • 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
  • Profiled in Who’s Who in America, 2010-2011
  • Profiled in Who’s Who of American Women, 2010-2011

Foreign Languages

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

Books

  • Experiencing Race, Class, and Gender in the United States, 6th Edition.  New York: McGraw-Hill, Inc.. c. 2012.
  • Instructor’s Resource Guide to Accompany Experiencing Race, Class, and Gender in the United States, 6th Edition, New York: McGraw-Hill, Inc., c. 2012.
  • Experiencing Race, Class, and Gender in the United States, 5th Edition.  New York: McGraw-Hill, Inc., 2009.
  • Instructor’s Resource Guide to Accompany Experiencing Race, Class, and Gender in the United States, 5th Edition, New York: McGraw-Hill, Inc., 2009
  • Experiencing Race, Class, and Gender in the United States, 4th Edition.  New York: McGraw-Hill, Inc., 2005.  (With Virginia Cyrus).
  • Instructor’s Resource Guide to Accompany Experiencing Race, Class, and Gender in the United States, 4th Edition, New York: McGraw-Hill, Inc. 2005

Selected Publications

  • 2015: “Corruption in Conflict and Post-Conflict Societies: Case Studies and Informant-Based Research” Proceedings of the International Political Science Association, July 3, 2015, Aix-en-Provence, France
  • 2014: “Anthropological Approaches to Corruption: Globalizing Processes and Case Studies”, in Corruption in The Contemporary World: Theory, Practice and Hot Spots, J. Mendilow and I. Peleg, Lexington Books, Chapter 12, pp. 247-266.
  • 2014: “Towards an Experiential Understanding of Cultures of Corruption: Their Genesis, Nurturance and Maintenance” Proceedings of the International Political Science Association, July 19-24, 2014, Montreal, Quebec
  • 2013: “Civil Society Thinkers and Actors: Their Roles in Preventing Corruptive Structures” Proceedings of the International Political Science Association,  July 9-11, 2013, Paris, France
  • 2012: “Corruption: An Anthropological Perspective” Proceedings of the International Political Science Association, July 8-12, 2012, Madrid, Spain
  • 2010: “The Anthropology of Corruption.”  Proceedings of the International Political Science Association. Ljubljana, Slovenia.  July 2010.
  • 2010: Book Review of  Riverscapes and National Identities,  by Tricia Cusack in Nationalities, c. 2010
  • 2009: “Considering the Student Global Village® as an Emerging Global Memory Place.”  Proceedings of the International Studies Association.  New York, NewYork.  February 18, 2009.
  • 2008: “The Student Global Village®: A Global Memory Place for United States and Middle Eastern Students?”  Proceedings of the American Political Science Association.  August 2008.
  • 2008: “The Student Global Village: Analyzing How U. S. and Middle Eastern Students View Relations between Their Regions before and after Deliberative Discussions.”   Proceedings of the Annual Convention of the International Association for Media and Communication Research, Stockholm, Sweden.  July 21, 2008.  (With Frank Rusciano).
  • 2008: “Videoconferencing Towards Deliberative International Discussion” in Intercultural Management Quarterly,   pp. 19-24, Vol. 9, No. 3, (with Ibrahim Saleh and Frank Rusciano)
  • 2007: “The Student Global Village: “Peace is too important to leave up to Governments’.”  Proceedings of the International Studies Association, Chicago, Illinois.  March 2, 2007.
  • 2006: “The Student Global Village: Videoconferencing towards Deliberative International Discussion.”  Proceedings of the 25th International Conference and General Assembly of the International Association for Media and Communication  Research.  Cairo, Egypt.  Pp. 374-376. (With Frank Louis Rusciano and Ibrahim Saleh).
  • 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

  • 2010: Paper entitled “The Anthropology of Corruption” accepted for presentation at the International Political Science Association conference, July, 2010
  • 2008: Presenter at the International Studies Association, Regional Convention Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, “The Student Global Village® and Civil Society”; Chair of the panel entitled “Globalization, Culture and Civic Society”. July, 2009
  • 2008: “Practicing Deliberative Discussions Through Videoconferencing.”  The Center for Educational Excellence.  Rutgers University.  September 2008.
  • 2008: “The Student Global Village®: Analyzing How U. S. and Middle Eastern Students View Relations Between Their Regions Before and After Deliberative Discussions.”  International Association for Media and Communication Research.  Stockholm, Sweden.  (With Frank Louis Rusciano).
  • 2007: “The Student Global Village.”  Presentation at the Difficult Dialogues Conference sponsored by the Ford Foundation.  Yale University.  New Haven, Connecticut.
  • 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

  • 2005-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.
  • 2004-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 Studies Association
  • Association for the Study of Nationalities
  • World Association for the Study of Public Opinion Research
  • United Front against River Blindness
  • International Political Science Association