Dr. U. H. Ruhina Jesmin
Associate Professor

Hello

This is Ruhina. I have been teaching literature since 2012. I have published research articles and book reviews in peer-reviewed and indexed journals including WEB OF SCIENCE  & SCOPUS among others. My research mostly focuses on Alice Walker's novels and on intersections of race, gender, and sexuality studies. For more details: Web of Science Researcher ID AcademiaEdu



PhD in American Literature (Islamic University, Bangladesh), MA in English (Khulna University, Bangladesh), BA (Hons.) in English (Khulna University, Bangladesh)


African American literature; Female genital mutilation (FGM) in fiction and memoir; Race, gender, and sexuality studies

Current Research Project/Collaboration

Teaching Experience:

Associate Professor at Khulna University (From October 13, 2019 to to-date)

Assistant Professor at Khulna University (From January 06, 2015 to October 12, 2019)

Lecturer at Khulna University (From July 25, 2012 to  January 05, 2015)

Administrative Experience: 

Assistant Director of Students' Affairs (ADSA), Khulna University (From March 15, 2020 to March 15, 2022)

Assistant Provost, Aparajita Hall, Khulna University (From August 27, 2013 to June 30, 2016)

Peer Review Experience:

Reviewer, a/b: Auto/Biography Studies, published by Taylor & Francis [This verified peer review is listed on Web of Science.] https://publons.com/researcher/4665329/u-h-ruhina-jesmin/

Reviewer, Cogent Arts & Humanities, published by Taylor & Francis [This verified peer review is listed on Web of Science]

Editorial Experience: 

Currently co-editing a book, The Routledge International Handbook of Harmful Cultural Practices

Assistant to Editor-in-Chief, UnCUT/Voices Press, Frankfurt am Main, Germany (From June 2021 to to-date) https://www.uncutvoices.com/ 

Additional Experience:

Re-elected Member, Executive Committee of Khulna University Teachers' Association (KUTA) (From December 29, 2020 to January 04, 2022)

Elected Member, Executive Committee of Khulna University Teachers' Association (KUTA) (From December 17, 2019 to December 28, 2020)

Member, Executive Committee, Arts and Humanities School, Khulna University (From October 25, 2018 to January 27, 2021)

Presentation in International Conference:

I was a speaker/discussant in a web conference on Ending FGM: Female Genital Mutilation in Literature and Art, organized by Green Party European Parliament and Hutchins Center for African and African American Research, Harvard University, held on November 18, 2021. https://hutchinscenter.fas.harvard.edu/event/tobe-levin-ending-fgm

 I was a speaker/discussant in a webinar, on the theme of Intersectionality: Female Genital Mutilation and Racism in The FGM Legal Working Group presentation during the Law, Justice and Development (LJD) week held on November 09, 2021, which was organized by World Bank. 

https://www.worldbank.org/en/events/2021/10/24/intersectionality-female-genital-mutilation-and-racism?cid=SHR_SitesShareFB_EN_EXT 


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Supervision

SL Title Degree Role Start Date End Date
1 Subversive Women in Shashi Deshpande’s The Binding Vine and Anita Nair’s Ladies Coupe (MA thesis) Masters Supervisor 2020 2021
2 Thomas Hardy’s Representation of Females in Tess of the D’Urbervilles (MA thesis) Masters Supervisor 2014 2015
3 Undoing Gender Performativity: A Study on Nawal EL Saadawi’s Woman at Point Zero Masters Supervisor 2020 2022
4 Locating an Intersection of Race and Sex in Toni Morrison’s A Mercy (BA project) Bachelor Supervisor 2019 2019
5 JANIE’S JOUNEY TOWARDS SELF-DISCOVERY IN ZORA NEALE HURSTON THEIR EYES WERE WATCHING GOD (BA Project) Bachelor Supervisor 2020 2021
6 INVISIBILITY OF A BLACK MAN: SEEKING FOR HIS IDENTITY IN RALPH ELLISON’S INVISIBLE MAN (BA Project) Bachelor Supervisor 2020 2021
7 Racial Inequalities in Alice Walker’s The Temple of My Familiar (BA Project) Bachelor Supervisor 2019 2019
8 Gender-based Oppression in Alice Walker’s Meridian (BA project) Bachelor Supervisor 2019 2019
9 Patriarchal Hegemony in Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire (MA project) Masters Supervisor 2014 2015
10 Marginalization of Women in Anita Desai’s Clear Light of Day (MA project) Masters Supervisor 2017 2018
11 The Pursuit of Luck in D. H. Lawrence’s ‘The Rocking Horse Winner (MA project) Masters Supervisor 2017 2018
12 Gender Roles and Women Representation in Virginia Woolf’s Selected Short Stories (MA project) Masters Supervisor 2017 2018
13 The Role of Absent and Imaginary Characters in Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman (MA project) Masters Supervisor 2017 2018
14 Suitability of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman for Teaching Grammar (MA in Language project) Masters Supervisor 2018 2019
15 Toni Morrison’s Love: A Suitable Material for Developing Speaking Skills (MA in Language project) Masters Supervisor 2019 2020
16 Applicability of Khushwant Singh’s Train to Pakistan for Developing Writing Skill (MA in Language project) Masters Supervisor 2019 2020
17 Social Status in the Context of Dominance of English in Gauri Shinde’s English Vinglish (MA in Language project) Masters Supervisor 2019 2020
18 A WOMANIST READING OF ALICE WALKER’S THE THIRD LIFE OF GRANGE COPELAND (BA project) Bachelor Supervisor 2019 2019
19 Violence in Cinema: A Study of The Dark Knight and Joker Masters Co-Supervisor 2020 2022
20 Reemergence of Moses to Emancipate the Slave in Zora Neale Hurston's Moses, Man of the Mountains Novel (BA project) Bachelor Supervisor 2020 2021

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20. Jesmin, U. H. Ruhina. (July 2022). Locating female transgression against heteronormative society: A comparative study of three African American novels. Indian Journal of Gender Studies (Sage, Q2), 29 (3), 368-383. (2). https://doi.org/10.1177/09715215221111146

19. Jesmin, U. H. Ruhina. (January 17, 2022). Self-discovery and a sense of wholeness in the transgressive auto/biogrAfrical discourses of African American women writers. Fudan Journal of the Humanities and Social Sciences (Fudan University) (Springer Nature, Q1),15, 143-158. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40647-021-00341-7 

18. Jesmin, U. H. Ruhina and Osman Farhana. (June 2022). “Dismantling gender specificity and establishing women’s space/voice: A womanist study of Alice Walker’s The Third Life of Grange Copeland.” Spectrum: Journal of the Department of English  (University of Dhaka), 16, 148-158. https://doi.org/10.3329/Spectrum.v16i100.61075

17. Jesmin, U. H. Ruhina. (December 2021). Book review of Kiminta: A Maasai's Fight against Female Genital Mutilation, by Maria Kiminta. RAUDEM. Revista De Estudios De Las Mujeres (University of Almeria). 9(1), 251–255. https://doi.org/10.25115/raudem.v9i1.5417

16. Jesmin, U. H. Ruhina. (July 2021). Transgressions: Transcending Boundaries in Select Bollywood Films. Manababidya Gabesanapatra: A Research Journal of Humanities (Jatiya Kabi Kazi Nazrul Islam University), vol. 5, 407-421.


15. Jesmin, U. H. Ruhina. (December 2020). Continuity of womanist ethos: Intertextuality in select novels of Alice Walker. University of Bucharest Review- Literary and Cultural Studies Series (University of Bucharest, Q3), 10 (1), 42-54. DOI: 10.31178/UBR.10.1.4

https://ubr.rev.unibuc.ro/past-issues/2020-2/2020-issue-1/

14. Jesmin, U. H. Ruhina. (in press). Politics of androgynous matrix: A comparative study on selected poems of Sylvia Plath and Adrienne Rich. The IUP Journal of English Studies (IUP Publications, Q4).

13. Jesmin, U. H. Ruhina. (December 2020). Book review of Saving Safa: Rescuing a Little Girl from FGM, by Waris Dirie. University of Bucharest Review- Literary and Cultural Studies Series (University of Bucharest), 10 (1), 112-115. https://ubr.rev.unibuc.ro/past-issues/2020-2/2020-issue-1/

12. Jesmin, U. H. Ruhina. (December 2020). Coping with trauma and the nature of defense: A comparative study of A Streetcar Named Desire and The Scarlet LetterHARVEST: Jahangirnagar University Studies in Language and Literature (Jahangirnagar University), 34. 43-58.

11. Jesmin, U. H. Ruhina. (December 2020). An asymmetrical dialectic of oppression and act of political warfare in Tsisti Dangarembga's Nervous Conditions. Explorations: A Journal of Language and Literature (University of Opole), 8. 59-70. http://explorations.uni.opole.pl/volume-8/ 

10. Jesmin, U. H. Ruhina. (December 2020). Book review of The Road of Lost Innocence: The true story of a Cambodian heroine, by Somaly Mam. Explorations: A Journal of Language and Literature (University of Opole), 8. 113-115. http://explorations.uni.opole.pl/volume-8/  

9. Jesmin, U. H. Ruhina. (December 2019). Kissing bees on pear flowers: Fantasy and freedom in Their Eyes Were Watching God film. Natyabidya:  A Research Journal of Theatre and Performance Studies Department (Jatiya Kabi Kazi Nazrul Islam University), 3. 253-262.

 8.Jesmin, U. H. Ruhina. (2019). Cultural and political paradigms of FGM: An intersection of race and sex in Alice Walker's Possessing the Secret of Joy. Meridian Critic (University of Suceava) , 33, 37-47. http://meridiancritic.usv.ro//index.php?page=2019-2-ro

7. Jesmin, U. H. Ruhina. (October 2019). A socialist feminist reading of Alice Walker's The Color Purple. HARVEST: Jahangirnagar University Studies in Language and Literature (Jahangirnagar University), 33, 45-58. 

6. Jesmin, U. H. Ruhina. (December 2018). Matir Moina: A tale of the clay bird. Natyabidya:  A Research Journal of Theatre and Performance Studies Department (Jatiya Kabi Kazi Nazrul Islam University), 2, 175-184.

 5. Jesmin, U. H. Ruhina. (December 2018). Narcissistic personality in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman and Saul Bellow's Seize the Day: A comparative study. Journal of Comparative Studies (Daugavpils University), 11(40). 62-79. http://humanitiessocial.lv/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Komparativistikas-almanahs_11_DRUKA_jauns.pdf

4. Jesmin, U. H. Ruhina. (2018). Characters' uses of defense mechanisms: A comparative study of Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire and Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter. PRAXIS: Journal of the Department of English, (Rajshahi University), 10, 253-266

3. Jesmin, U. H. Ruhina. (2017). Keats' creative process of art with the aid of fantasy as his defense. Journal of Islamic Education and Research (Islamic University), 9 (1&2). 83-94.

2. Sultana, Salma. &  Jesmin, U. H. Ruhina. (2013). Paranoid personality disorder of the duke in "My Last Duchess", Prime University Journal (Prime University), 7 (1), 72-79.

1. Jesmin, U. H. Ruhina. (2012). Vision of budding artists in Sons and Lovers and A Portrait: A comparative study on Paul Morel and Stephen Dedalus as artists (MA thesis, LAP Lambert Academic Publishing). https://www.amazon.com/Vision-Budding-Artists-Lovers-Portrait/dp/3848486539

African American Literature

1. Harriet Jacobs: Incidents in the Life of A Slave Girl: Chapter V: "The Trials of Girlhood"

2. Charles W. Chesnutt: "The Passing of Grandison"

3. W. E. B. DuBois: The Souls of Black Folk: Chapter 1: "Of Our Spiritual Strivings"

4. Zora Neale Hurston: "What It Feels To Be Colored Me"

5. Sterling Allen Brown: "Memphis Blues", "Odyssey of Big Boy"

English Drama from Elizabethan to Restoration Period

John Dryden : All for Love

William Congreve : The Way of the World

Commonwealth Literature

1. Margaret Atwood: Surfacing

2. A.D. Hope: "Australia", "The Death of the Bird", "The Wandering Island"

3. Nadine Gordimer: "Jump"

Sociolinguistics

1. Sociolinguistics: definition and scope; Language, society, and culture

2. Language Varieties: Causes and effects, sociolect, dialect, idiolect, register, etc

3. Language and Speech Community: Diglossia and polyglossia; bilingualism, multilingualism, pidgin, and creole

Introduction to Prose: Fiction

1. Jonathan Swift: Gulliver's Travels (Part I)

2. Joseph Addison and Richard Steele: The Coverley Papers ("Sir Roger at Church")

3. Charles Lamb: Essays of Elia ("Old China")

4. Edgar Allan Poe: "The Tell-Tale Heart"

5. Katherine Mansfield: "Her First Ball"

Reading and Writing

Reading

1. Perspectives on reading comprehension; Elements of reading: vocabulary, syntax and meaning

2. Reading strategies: intensive and extensive reading; scanning and skimming; prediction and inference; reader’s expectation and interpretation; contextual understanding and understanding the whole text; critical reading and analysis; effective note-taking

3. Reading tasks: reading academic texts; reading newspaper, and magazines

Sessional on American Drama

The American Dream 

  • African American Literature
  • English Drama from Elizabethan to Restoration Period
  • Commonwealth Literature
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Introduction to Prose: Fiction
  • Reading and Writing
  • Sessional on American Drama