Rayna Rusenko, PhD
Rayna Rusenko graduated with her PhD in Global and Sociocultural Studies in Summer 2020. As part of the joint M.A.-Ph.D. program in Asian Studies and GSS, Rayna also earned a M.A. in Asian Studies. Her research focuses on the legal and institutional structure of government responses to homelessness, and resulting impacts on human rights and securities in Tokyo, Japan and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Her interdisciplinary work incorporates concepts and methods from public policy; postcolonial theory; race, gender, and sexuality studies; legal geography; global history; and sociological theory. Specifically, she traces the transnational construction of policy fields and government institutions relating to each city from the mid-19th century, as well as street-level impacts of policy and the influence of social movements through eras of imperial rule, democratization-decolonization, and neoliberal restructuring.
Prior to joining GSS, she earned a Master of Public Policy from the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She also has over a decade of advocacy and research experience pertaining to social welfare, labor, housing, and homelessness policy through her work as an activist with homeless communities in both Tokyo, Japan and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Rayna's most recent work has been published in Antipode and Urban Studies. She is currently teaching as a Lecturer in the Department of Global and Sociocultural Studies, FIU.