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Dr. Cheryl Rodriguez


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Dr. Cheryl Rodriguez is a cultural anthropologist and an Associate Professor of Africana Studies.  Her research interests include: feminisms in Africa and the African Diaspora, community ethnography, the critical intersection of gender, race and class, and community-base programs for urban youth. 

Dr. Rodriguez has conducted a range of anthropological projects and has published articles on issues related to women and poverty, including women’s anti-poverty activism.  Her research on women and microenterprise development was partially supported by the Women’s Research and Education Institute in Washington, D.C.  In 2000, Dr. Rodriguez co-directed a project on the impact of the Federal HOPE VI program on women and children in the U. S. public housing system.  This project was funded by the National Science Foundation and the USF Collaborative for Children, Families and Communities.  Dr. Rodriguez has also conducted extensive research on programs for youth in low-income communities, including research on the Youth Opportunities Movement in Louisiana and Florida.  She was also the PI of a major grant from the U.S. Department of Education for a project on after-school programming in local communities.  Dr. Rodriguez was also a co-PI on the “Central Avenue Legacies” project, an ethnohistorical exploration of Tampa’s African-American history.

An Associate Professor in the Africana Studies Department, Dr. Rodriguez teaches “African-American Community Research”, a course on qualitative research methods.  She also teaches “Black Women in America” and “Women in Africa and the African Diaspora”.

Selected publications:
            Rodriguez, Cheryl R. (2008).  “Beyond Today and Pass Tomorrow: Self-Efficacy among African-American Girls in Youth Focused Organizations”, VOICES, 8 (1), 18-22.

            Greenbaum, Hathaway, Rodriguez, Spalding and Ward (2008). “Deconcentration and Social Capital: Contradictions of a Poverty Alleviation Policy”, Journal of Poverty, 12 (2), 201-228.

            Rodriguez, Cheryl R. (2003). “Invoking Fannie Lou Hamer: Research, Ethnography and Activism in Low-Income Communities”, Urban Anthropology and Studies of Cultural Systems and World Development, 32 (2), pp. 231-251.

            Rodriguez, Cheryl R. (1998). “Recapturing Lost Images: Narratives of a
Black Business Enclave”, Practicing Anthropology, 20 (1), pp. 6-11.

Rodriguez, Cheryl R. (2006). “We Came With Truth”: Black Women’s Struggles against Public Housing Policy in marilyn thomas-houston and Mark Schuller (editors) Homing Devices: Poor People and Public Housing Policies, Lexington, MA: Lexington Press.

            Rodriguez, Cheryl R. and Yvette Baber. (2002) “Reconstructing A Community Through Archival Research” in Angrosino, Michael (editor) Doing Cultural Anthropology. Pp.63-70. Prospect Heights, Illinois: Waveland Press.

            Rodriguez, Cheryl R. (2001) “A Homegirl Goes Home: Black Feminism and the Lure of Native Anthropology” in I. McClaurin (editor) Black Feminist Anthropology: Theory, Praxis, Poetics and Politics. Pp. 233-257. Rutgers University Press.