Ariella R. Rotramel

Ariella R. Rotramel

Vandana Shiva Associate Professor of Gender Sexuality and Intersectionality Studies

Joined Connecticut College: 2012

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

Ariella R. Rotramel joined the College in 2012 and is the Vandana Shiva Associate Professor of Gender, Sexuality, and Intersectionality Studies. They are an interdisciplinary scholar committed to bridging theoretical and practical engagements of identity and social justice issues. Ari served as as the Interim Dean of Institutional Equity and Inclusion August 2021-January 2022.

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 University. Ari is the 2019 recipient of Connecticut College’s Helen Mulvey Faculty Award for Fostering Student Achievement, the 2017 Faculty Mentor Award from the College’s Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program, and the 2015 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Faculty Service Award.

Pushing Back, written by Ariella Rotramel


Rotramel’s 2020 book, Pushing Back: Women of Color–Led Grassroots Activism in New York City, explores women of color's grassroots leadership in organizations that are not singularly identified with feminism. Centered in New York City, Pushing Back brings an intersectional perspective to communities of color as it addresses injustices tied to domestic work, housing, and environmental policies and practices. The book is included in the Ms. “December 2019 Reads for the Rest of Us.” They have also published:

Rotramel, Ariella and Denis Ferhatovic. 2021. “‘No, just an alien’: Disability, Sexuality, and the Extraterrestrial in Gloria Anzaldúa’s ‘Interface.’” Journal of Lesbian Studies 25, no. 3: 242-257.

Rotramel, Ariella. 2021. “Discarding Homes: New York City Public Housing and Single Mother-led Households (1963-2016).” Women History Review 30, no. 2: 320-338.

Rotramel, Ariella. 2021. “Feminist Historiography as Feminist Praxis.” In Companion to Feminist Studies, edited by Nancy A. Naples. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley Publishing, 301-320.

Rotramel, Ariella. 2020. “Anti-LGBTQ Hate Crimes in the United States: Histories and Debates” research profile. In LGBTQ Studies+: An Open Introduction, edited by Deb Amory et al. Albany, NY: SUNY Press.

Rotramel, Ariella, Rose Oliveira, and Rebecca Parmer. 2019. “Engaging Women’s History through Collaborative Archival Wikipedia Projects.” Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy. Issue 14.

Rotramel, Ariella. 2017. “‘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, 49-64.

Rotramel, Ariella. 2017. Mobilizing New York: AIDS, Antipoverty, and Feminist Activism by Tamar W. Carroll. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2015. New York History 98, no. 3-4 (Summer/Fall): 500-503.

Rotramel, Ariella. 2016. “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: 123-146.

Rotramel, Ariella. 2016. Transcribed remarks, Community-based Efforts in Global LGBTQ Movements panel for The Global Struggle for LGBTQ Rights: Legal, Political and Social Dimensions Symposium, Rutgers Law School-Newark. Women’s Rights Law Reporter 37, no. 3-4 (Spring/Summer): 287-309.

Rotramel, Ariella. 2015. “Content Notes & Trauma in the Classroom,” Teaching & Learning at Connecticut College (Spring): 17-38.

Rotramel, Ariella. 2014. “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.

Rotramel, Ariella, and Dianna M. Rodriguez. 2014. “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.

Rotramel, Ariella. 2012. “‘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, no. 2: 77-97.

Rotramel has taught the following courses at Connecticut College:

  • FYS 132D Race, Sex, Gender
  • FYS 133F/FYS 107V Women on the Loose: The “F” Word, Political Consciousness, and Social Change
  • GWS 103 Sex, Gender, Culture: Introduction to Gender and Women’s Studies
  • GWS 200 Special Topics/GWS 202 CC: Sex/Work
  • CA 201 Public Policy and Social Ethics/Foundations of Community Action
  • GWS 203 Introduction to Queer Studies
  • GWS 207 Feminist Approaches to Disability Studies
  • GWS 224 Transnational Women’s Movements
  • GWS 295 Training for Transformation
  • GWS 302 Social Justice Praxis
  • GWS 306 Advanced Readings in Feminist Theory
  • GWS 312 Feminist Social Research Methods
  • GWS/ENG 319 Leather & Glitter, Co-taught with Prof. Denis Ferhatovi
  • GWS 325 Workers Unite!
  • GWS 381 Queer Theory and Activism
  • GWS 402 Desiring Justice: Sex, Difference and Social Movements
  • GWS 410 Senior Capstone in GWS
  • GWS 470 Claim Your Education: GSIS Tutorial

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Majoring in Gender, Sexuality and Intersectionality Studies.


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