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Jessica Roda, 2020-2021
Visiting Professor from Georgetown University

Jessica Roda
Jessica Roda is an anthropologist and ethnomusicologist, Assistant Professor of Jewish Civilization at Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service. Her research centers on performances, religion, gender, technology, and globalization. Immersed in the French and the North American schools of anthropology and ethnomusicology, she earned Ph.Ds from Sorbonne University and the University of Montreal.

Her first monograph, Se réinventer au présent. Les Judéo-espagnols de France. Famille, communauté et patrimoine musical has been published in 2018 by the Presses Universitaires de Rennes and is finalist for the J. I. Segal Award for the best Quebec book on a Jewish theme. She is currently working on her second book Beyond the Sheitl. Orthodox Jewish Women and Performances in the Digital Age based on an ethnography of ultra-Orthodox Jewish life in Montreal and New York City. The work investigates the new female artistic scene in music and film by Hasidic and former Hasidic artists analyzing performances in relation to women’s agency, relatedness, and global belonging, challenging gender and religious identities in the context of decolonizing feminism.

​Before joining Georgetown University, Roda was a postdoctoral fellow at McGill University (Jewish Studies), visiting scholar at UCLA, Columbia University (Heyman Center), Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Brazil (Department of Anthropology), and was selected by the Royal Society of Canada and the Science Council of Japan to participate in the WISET Program (Women in Science, Engineering, and Technology).

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Past Visiting Scholars

Soraya Barreto Januário, 2019-2020
Professor in Communication Sciences
Visiting Professor from Universidade Federal de Pernambuco (UFPE), Brazil

Megan Fernandes, 2018-2019
Professor in English
Visiting Professor from Lafayette College, Pennsylvania

William Hebert, 2018-2019
PhD Candidate in Social-Cultural Anthropology
Visiting Researcher from University of Toronto, Ontario

Heather Davis, 2017-2018
Professor in culture and Media
Visiting Professor from The New School, New York

Jennifer Drouin, 2017-2018
Professor in English & Women's Studies
Visiting Professor from University of Alabama, Alabama

Dolleen Tisawii'ashii Manning, 2016-2017
Professor in Indigenous Visual Culture Program
Ontario College of Art & Design University, Toronto

Marguerite Waller, Fall 2016
Professor in Comparative Literature and Foreign Language
University of California in Riverside, California

 Wendy Cumming-Potvin, Winter 2016
Professor in Education
School of Education, Murdoch University in Western Australia, Australia

Lisa Henderson, Winter 2016
Professor in Communication
University of Massachusetts Amherst, Massachusetts

Dont Rhine, Winter 2016
Professor in Visual Art
Vermont College of Fine Arts, Vermont

Colin Johnson, Winter 2015
Professor in Gender Studies & American Studies, History and Human Biology
Indiana University Bloomington, Indiana

Sujata Moorti, Winter 2015
Professor in Feminist Media Studies
Middlebury College, Vermont

Enakshi Dua, Fall 2014
Professor in Centre for Feminist Research
York University, Ontario

Julie Lavigne, 2013-2014
Professor in Art History & Sexology
Université du Québec à Montréal, Quebec

Yvette Taylor, 2012-2013
Professor in Social and Policy Studies
London South Bank, UK

Lisa Adkins, 2011-2012
Professor of Sociology, School of Humanities and Social Science
Newcastle University, Australia

Tracy Y. Zhang, 2010-2011
The School of Communication
Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, B.C.

Elizabeth Bullen, 2010-2011
School of Communication & Creative Arts
Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia

Heidi Epstein, 2009-2010
Department of Religion and Culture
St. Thomas More College, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan

Caroline Bassett, 2009-2010
Department of Media and Film
University of Sussex, UK


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