Artist, Activist and Assistant Professor of Criminology in the Department of Sociology at Hofstra University

PhD, 2016, Stony Brook University; MA, 2012, Stony Brook University; BA, 2010, University of Florida

Pronouns: they/them or she/her

SM Rodriguez is a scholar-activist and Assistant Professor of Criminology and Sociology. Their research interests, as well as organizing efforts, lie in justice movements that are by and for same-gender loving and gender non-conforming people of African descent. Their forthcoming book, The Economies of Queer Inclusion (Lexington Books), examines the dialectics of global and local culture and the effects of transnational financing on grassroots activism in Kampala. Dr. Rodriguez has also done extensive research on the legislative history of sodomy in Uganda, with particular interest in the postcolonial motivations to develop laws which control citizen sexuality.

Dedicated to gender and racial justice off campus, they have assisted in community organizing of workshops and events on policing and gentrification in Central Brooklyn, and provided security for protests by LGBTQ people of color in NYC. Professor Rodriguez lectures throughout the US on African diasporic activist connections; queer empowerment in the US and abroad; the militarization of the police; and mass incarceration in the United States.

Recent & Upcoming Lectures and Events:



2: "Imagining African and African-Diaspora Centered Organizing" LGBTQIAA Research Initiative Award Research Presentation, Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY


27: Center for Inclusive Education Alumni Panel, Faculty Month Series, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY

19: "Intersectional Justice in Practice: A conversation between leaders of climate, food, and youth justice movements. Moderated by Dr. SM Rodriguez" Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY 

5: "Marked for Removal: Settler Colonialism, Incarceration and Queer Liberation in the USA" UNC Asheville's 2018 Queer Studies Conference, Asheville, NC


31: "The Question of Enforcement: Kuchus, Police and Sodomy Legislation in Uganda" Leadership and Institutions in Africa, 18th Annual Africa Conference, University of Texas - Austin, TX 

21: "Invisibility Matters" Queer in Africa: Challenges and Pathways to Inclusion, Lehigh University, PA


28: "Perceptions and Reality" A Roundtable Discussion around Museum exhibition of Romare Bearden: Storyteller, Hofstra University Museum, Hempstead, NY 

10: Revolutionary Role-Play Workshop: Safety Planning and Bystander Intervention, Black Lives Matter Teen Conference, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Harlem, NY



4: Brooklyn Movement Center honors Safe OUTside the System at BMC's 5th Anniversary. Weeksville Heritage Center, Brooklyn, NY


10: "The Doors to Abolition" - Bed-Stuy Pride interactive political education-art workshop! Herbert Von King Park, Brooklyn, NY


11: "Proper Sexuality and the Resilient Nation: Imagining the Anti-Homosexuality and Anti-Pornography Bills in Uganda (2009-2014)" Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP), Montreal, Quebec, CA


27: "Queer Resistance to Carceral Solutions" International Conference on Penal Abolition (ICOPA), Dartmouth, Massachusetts 


25: "GITMO Today" with Noor Zafar, Bertha Justice Fellow of the Center for Constitutional Rights, Hofstra University, NY


25: "Finding Your Purpose in Leadership" GOLD Student Leadership Conference. Hofstra University, NY

22: "I Don't See Color" A roundtable discussion on Microaggressions with NAACP -Hofstra University Chapter. Hempstead, NY

15: Filming and Moderated Discussion of Ava DuVernay's "13th" with the Center for Civic Engagement, Hempstead, NY