Professor of Sociology
Degrees: PHD, 1989, Syracuse Univ; MA, 1984, Univ Delhi; BA, 1982, Univ Delhi
Margaret Abraham is Professor of Sociology and Special Advisor to the Provost for Diversity Initiatives at Hofstra University. She is the Vice-President of Research Council, International Sociological Association (2010-2014). She has also been appointed as the American Sociological Association Representative to the International Sociological Association for 2010-2014. Her teaching and research interests include gender, ethnicity, globalization, immigration and domestic violence. She has published in various journals including Gender & Society, Violence Against Women, Indian Journal of Gender Studies and Social Justice. She is the author of Speaking the Unspeakable: Marital Violence Among South Asian Immigrants in the United States (Rutgers University press 2000) which won the American Sociological Association: Section on Asian and Asian America Outstanding Book Award in 2002. Her co-edited book, Contours of Citizenship: Women, Diversity and the Practices of Citizenship is published by Ashgate (Spring 2010). Courses that she teaches include Senior Seminars on "Violence Against Women" and "Globalization, Work and Citizenship" (Soc 191); Women and Development (soc 32), "Globalization and Citizenship" (honors), and the graduate course on Introduction to Social Policy (ASR 210).
Margaret has been involved in research and activism in the field of domestic violence in the South Asian immigrant community for nearly 20 years. She received was a co-recipient of The Sydney S. Spivack Program in Applied Social Research and Social Policy Community Action Grant for the project "Seen and Sheltered: Effective Responses to NIMBYISM" 2007-2008. She has been appointed on journal editorial boards and has been an advisory board member and consultant on national projects related to issues on violence against women. She served on the Board of Directors of Sakhi for South Asian Women and the Asian Pacific Islander Coalition on HIV/AIDS (APICHA) and Westbury Friends School in Long Island, New York. She has been honored for her community action research by Sakhi for South Asian Women, Indus Women Leaders, the Indian American Kerala Cultural and Civic Center, and the Office of the Executive, Nassau County, State of New York. Her work has been profiled and quoted in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Newsday, India Abroad, Malayalam Pathram, India Today, Indiathink.com, and Rip Rap: The Academic Book Program.
Abraham, Margaret, Esther Ngan-ling Chow, Laura Maratou-Alipranti and Evangelia Tastsoglou, editors. 2010. Contours of Citizenship: Women, Diversity and Practices of Citizenship. Hampshire, UK: Ashgate.
Abraham, Margaret. 2010. "Globalization, Work and Citizenship: The Call Centre Industry in India". Pp. 41-56 in Contours of Citizenship: Women, Diversity and Practices of Citizenship, edited by Margaret Abraham et al. Hampshire, UK: Ashgate.
Abraham, Margaret, Esther Ngan-ling Chow, Laura Maratou-Alipranti and Evangelia Tastsoglou. 2010. "Rethinking Citizenship with Women in Focus". Pp. 1-22 in Contours of Citizenship: Women, Diversity and Practices of Citizenship, edited by Margaret Abraham et al. Hampshire, UK: Ashgate.
Abraham, Margaret. 2008. "Globalization and the Call Center Industry." International Sociology 23(2):197-210.
Maney, Gregory M. and Margaret Abraham. 2008. "Whose Backyard? Boundary Making in NIMBY Opposition to Immigrant Services." Social Justice 35(4):66-82.
Abraham, Margaret. 2007. "Ethnicity and Marginality: A Study of Indian Jewish Immigrants in Israel" Pp. 271-308 in Indian Diaspora in West Asia: A Reader, edited by Prakash C. Jain. New Delhi: Manohar Publishers. (reprint)
Abraham, Margaret. 2007. "Infanticide." Encyclopedia of Sex and Gender. Macmillan Reference USA.
Abraham, Margaret. 2006. "Model Minority and Marital Violence: South Asian Immigrants in the United States." Pp. 197-216 in Cultural Psychology of Immigrants, edited by Ramaswami Mahalingam. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates Inc, Publishers.
Abraham, Margaret. 2005. "Domestic Violence and the Indian Diaspora in the United States." Indian Journal of Gender Studies 12:427-451. (Also reprinted in 2008. Pp. 303-325 in Marriage, Migration and Gender, edited by Rajni Palriwala and Patricia Uberoi. New Delhi: Sage Publications.)
Abraham, Margaret. 2000. Speaking the Unspeakable: Marital Violence among South Asians in the U.S. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press. (reprinted 2002)