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

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 book, The Economies of Queer Inclusion , 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:



16-19: “Queer, Afro-Diasporic Ethics in Action” The Annual Conference of the Canadian Association of African Studies, University of Quebec in Montreal 


3: Queer in Africa: Challenges and Pathways to Inclusion, Lehigh University, PA


27: The Economies of Queer Inclusion: A Book Presentation, Center for Race, Culture and Social Justice Colloquia Series, Roosevelt Hall 203, Hempstead NY 11:15am-12:30pm. 

20: LGBTQ+ in Africa, Hosted by the African Student Association and Spectrum, St. John's University, 1:50PM-3:15PM, SJH room 305



22: "Transnational LGBT Rights Activism and the Erasure of the Queer Afro-Diaspora" Institute for Gender and Development Studies. University of West Indies - Cave Hill, Barbados

1: Hidden in Sight: Photographing Incarceration - A community conversation and panel. (Moderated by S.M. Rodriguez), Lowenfeld Conference and Exhibition Hall,  Joan and Donald E. Axinn Library, Tenth Floor, South Campus
Free and open to the public from 4pm-6pm. 


18: Queerness in Academia: A Panel Exploring LGBTIA+ Employee Experience in University Settings. Hofstra University, 6pm-7pm, Student Center Theater 


12: Queer Abolitionist Praxis in the Era of Mass Incarceration. Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP), Philadelphia, PA


26: "Reform. Dismantle. Disrupt: A panel discussion on police violence and accountability" Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College, Manhattan, NY 6-8pm 

15-17:  "Transformative Justice at the Intersection of Gentrification and Mass Incarceration" RESISTANCE Stream: International Conference on Penal Abolition (ICOPA), London, U.K. 


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