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Margaret Abraham

Professor of Sociology


Degrees

PHD, 1989, Syracuse Univ; MA, 1984, Univ Delhi; BA, 1982, Univ Delhi


Bio

Margaret Abraham is Professor of Sociology at Hofstra University and is the President of the International Sociological Association, (ISA 2014-2018). She previously served as ISA Vice President of Research and as the American Sociological Association Representative (ASA) to the ISA (2010-2014). Her teaching and research interests include gender, ethnicity, globalization, migration and domestic violence.  Courses that she teaches include senior seminars on "Violence Against Women" and "Globalization, Work and Citizenship" (Soc 191); Women, Gender and Development (soc 32) and Public Sociology (Soc191).  Margaret 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), the first book on domestic violence within the South Asian diaspora in the United States and won the American Sociological Association: Section on Asian and Asian America Outstanding Book Award in 2002. She also co-edited, Contours of Citizenship: Women, Diversity and the Practices of Citizenship published by Ashgate (Spring 2010); and Making a Difference: Linking Research and Action (Current Sociology Monograph:SAGE 2012).

Margaret has been involved in research and activism in the field of domestic violence in the South Asian immigrant community for over 20 years. She serves on the editorial boards of journals 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. Margaret has been honored for her community action research by several organizations including Sakhi for South Asian Women, Apna Ghar in Chicago, Domestic Harmony Foundation, Indus Women Leaders, the Indian American Kerala Cultural and Civic Center, and the Office of the Executive, Nassau County, State of New York. In 2013 she received the Sociologists for Women in Society Feminist Activism Award. 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.

(For more information on Margaret’s website, http://margaretabrahamonline.com)

Selected publications

Abraham, Margaret and Bandana Purkayastha. 2012. “Making a Difference: Linking Research and Action in Practice, Pedagogy and Policy for Social Justice.” Current Sociology, Monograph Series, SAGE.

Margaret Abraham and Gregory M. Maney. 2012 Transforming Place and Belonging through Action Research, Community Practice, and Public Policy: Comparing Responses to NIMBYism.2012. Current Sociology, Sage. (Co-authored with Gregory Maney)

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)


Teaching Interests

My teaching interests include teaching courses such as: Women and Development (SOC 32) Ethnicity and Minority Groups (SOC. 34) Sociology of Gender (SOC 160) Senior seminar on the Sociology of Violence Against Women (SOC. 191) In addition, I have taught: The Freshman Seminar course '"Crossing Borders "(F14) Introduction to Women Studies (WST1) Special Topics Seminar Domestic Violence (WST150) Independent Studies

Research Interests

My research interests include domestic violence and the South Asian Diaspora, globalization and outsourcing, ethnicity, migration, and gender studies.

Recent Courses Taught

Course Title Level
CRM 003 (IS) DOMESTIC VIOLENCE Undergraduate
SOC 032 (BH, CC)GLOBLZTN,WOMEN&DVLPMNT Undergraduate
SOC 145 (BH)BUILDNG STRONG COMMUNITIES Undergraduate
SOC 191 ADV SEM: PUBLIC SOCIOLOGY Undergraduate
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