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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 former President of the International Sociological Association, (ISA 2014-2018). At Hofstra, she also served as the Special Advisor to the Provost for Diversity Initiatives, Chair of the Department of Sociology and as Director of the Women Studies Program.  Her teaching and research interests include gender, globalization, suicide, immigration and domestic violence. She has published in various journals and is the author of the award-winning book Speaking the Unspeakable: Marital Violence Among South Asian Immigrants in the United States (Rutgers University Press 2000). Her co-edited book and special volumes include, Contours of Citizenship: Women, Diversity and the Practices of Citizenship (Ashgate 2010); Making a Difference: Linking Research and Action (Current Sociology, Monograph Series, April 2012), Interrogating Gender, Violence, and the State in National and Transnational Contexts (Current Sociology, July 2016); Sociology and Social Justice (SAGE, November 2018).

Margaret has been involved in research and activism for nearly three decades. She has given talks in Asia, Africa, Australia, Europe, North and South America. 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)

Publications

Books and Edited Volumes

Abraham, M. (Ed.) (2018) Sociology and Social Justice. SSIS Books Series, SAGE. (November 24 2018).

Abraham, M. & Tastsoglou, E. (Eds.) (2016). Interrogating gender, violence, and the state in national and transnational contexts, Current Sociology, Special Issue: Monograph Series, SAGE.

Abraham, M. & Purkayastha, B. (2012). Making a difference: Linking research and action in practice, pedagogy and policy for social justice. Current Sociology, Special Issue: Monograph Series, SAGE.

Abraham, M., Ngan-ling Chow, E., Maratou-Alipranti, L., & Tastsoglou, E. (Eds.) (2010). Contours of Citizenship: Women, Diversity and Practices of Citizenship. Aldenshot, Hampshire, UK: Ashgate Publishing Ltd.

Abraham, M. (2000 and 2002). Speaking the Unspeakable: Marital Violence Among South Asians in the U.S. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press.

Journal Articles and Chapters

Abraham, M. (2019). Making a difference: Addressing gendered and intersectional violence. In: Género, Direitos Humanos e Desigualdades, Torres, A., Pinto, P., & Casimiro, C. (Eds.). Lisbon:  ISCSP- ULisboa, Coleção Estudos de Género.

Abraham, M. (2017). Selbstmord als protest und das streben nach sozialer gerechtigkeit: Öffentliche soziologie für eine bessere welt (Protest suicides and the quest for social justice: Public sociology for a better world) (pp. 243-259). In: Aulenbacher, B., Burawoy, M., Dörre, K., & Sittel, J. (Eds.) Öffentliche Soziologie. (German) Campus Verlag: Campus Verlag Frankfurt/New York.

Abraham, M. & Tastsoglou, E. (2016). Interrogating gender, violence, and the state in national and transnational contexts: Framing the issues, Current Sociology, 64(4), July. Pp. 517–534.

Abraham, M. & Tastsoglou, E. (2016). Addressing domestic violence in Canada and the United States: The uneasy co-habitation of women and the state, Current Sociology, 64(4), July. Pp. 568–585.

Abraham, M. (2015). The intersections of protest suicides, oppression and social justice. Sociologies in Dialogue, Journal of Brazilian Sociological Society, Porto Alegre, Brazil, 1(1), July-December.

Abraham, M. (2015). Talking the talk and walking the walk: Linking research and action on domestic violence, Sociologists in Action on Inequalities: Race, Class, Gender and Sexuality. SAGE Publications: Thousand Oaks, California.

Abraham, M. (2014). Strengthening sociology’s commitment to social justice. Global Dialogue, International Sociological Association, 4(3), September.

Abraham, M. & Purkayastha, B. (2012). Introduction: Making a difference: Linking research and action in practice, pedagogy and policy for social justice. Current Sociology. Sage.

Abraham, M. & Maney, G. (2012). Transforming place and belonging through action research, community practice, and public policy: Comparing responses to NIMBYism. Current Sociology. Sage.

Abraham, M. (2010). Globalization, work and citizenship: The call centre industry in India. In: Contours of citizenship: Women, diversity and practices of citizenship. Hampshire, UK: Ashgate Publishing Ltd.

Abraham, M., Ngan-ling Chow, E., Maratou, L., & Tastsoglou, E. (2010). Rethinking citizenship with women in focus. In: Contours of citizenship: Women, diversity and practices of citizenship. Hampshire, UK: Ashgate Publishing Ltd.

Abraham, M. & Maney, G. (2009). Whose backyard? Boundary making in NIMBY opposition to immigrant services. Social Justice.

Abraham, M. (2008). Globalization and the call center industry. Review Essay, International Sociology Review of Book.

Abraham, M. (2007). Ethnicity and marginality: A study of Indian Jewish immigrants in Israel. Indian Diaspora in West Asia: A Reader, Jain, P. C. (Ed.). New Delhi: Manohar Publishers. (Reprint).

Abraham, M. (2006). Infanticide. Encyclopedia of Sex and Gender, Macmillan Library Reference.

Abraham, M. (2006). Model minority and marital violence: South Asian immigrants in the United States. In: Cultural psychology of immigrants. Mahalingam, R. (Ed.). Lawrence Erlbaum Associates Inc. Publishers.

Abraham, M. (2005). Domestic violence and the Indian diaspora in the United States. Indian Journal of Gender Studies. (Reprinted in Marriage and migration Palriwala, R. & Uberoi, P. (Eds.). SAGE Publication, 2007).

Abraham, M. (2006). Serving limited English proficient (LEP) battered women: A national survey of the courts' capacity to provide protection orders conducted by national center for state courts. Williamsburg, VA. (Co-authored report on NIJ-sponsored project). www.ncsconline.org, 2006.

Abraham, M., Chakkappan, R., & Won Park, S. (2005). South Asian immigrant women’s HIV/AIDS related issues: An exploratory study of New York City. APICHA.

Abraham, M. (2005). Strategies of resistance. In: Domestic Violence at the margins: Readings in race, class, gender and culture. Sokoloff, N. & Pratt, C. (Eds.). Rutgers University Press.

Abraham, M. (2002). Addressing domestic violence and challenging the model minority community of South Asians in the United States. Intersections and divergences: Contemporary Asian American communities. Bonus, R. & Vo, L. (Eds.). Temple University Press.

Abraham, M. (2002). Immigrant status and marital violence. Women and the politics of violence. Abraham, T. (Ed.). New Delhi: Shakti Books.

Abraham, M. (2001). Femicide. Routledge International Encyclopedia of Women's Studies.

Abraham, M. (2001). Infanticide. Routledge International Encyclopedia of Women's Studies.

Abraham, M. (2000). Reflections on doing research. In: Asian Mode, Issue 2.

Abraham, M. (2000). Isolation as a social factor in marital violence: The South Asian immigrant experience. Journal of Social Distress and the Homeless, 9(3).

Abraham, M. (2000). Sexual abuse in South Asian immigrant marriages. Violence Against Women, 5(6).

Abraham, M. (1998). Speaking the unspeakable: Marital violence among the South Asian community in the United States. Indian Journal of Gender Studies, 5(2), August - December.

Abraham, M. (1998). Marital violence and alienation among South Asian immigrant women in the United States. Designs on Alienation. Kalekin-Fishman, D. (Ed.). Finland: Sophi Press.

Abraham, M. (1995). Ethnicity, gender, and marital violence: South Asian women's organizations in the United States. Gender & Society, 9(4), August.

Abraham, M. (1995). Ethnicity and marginality: Indian Jewish immigrants in Israel, South Asian Bulletin.

Interviews

“Intervyu s presidentom Mezhdunarodnoy sotsiologicheskoy assotsiatsii professorom Margaret Abraham”. [Interview with the president of ISA Professor Margaret Abraham] (Russian) Zhurnal sotsiologii i sotsialnoy antropologii [The Journal of Sociology and Social Anthropology]. 2017.

“Conversation: Margaret Abraham in conversations with Labinot Kunushevci”. Explorations, Indian Sociological Society, e-journal, 1(2). October, 2017. Pp. 108 - 119.

“Violence against Women as an Issue of Human Rights, Justice and Democracy – An Interview with Margaret Abraham”, by Brigitte Aulenbacher, Birgit Riegraf Feministische Studien, De Gruyter, 34(2) Nov. 2016. Also Published Online: 2016-12-03 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/fs-2016-0007

“Sociology in a Tumultuous world – An Interview with ISA President Margaret Abraham”, by Edmar M. Braga Filho, Leonel Salgueiro, & Raphael Lebigre, circuito academic, May 12, 2016. https://circuitoacademico.com.br/2016/05/12/sociology-in-a-tumultuous-world-interview-with-isa-president-margaret-abraham/


Teaching Interests

My teaching interests include teaching courses such as: Globalization, Women and Development (SOC 32) Public Sociology Globalization and Citizenship 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 social justice, domestic violence, South Asian diaspora, suicide, globalization, citizenship, intersectionality, migration, and gender studies.


Recent Courses Taught

Course Title Level
CRM 003 (IS) DOMESTIC VIOLENCE Undergraduate
HUHC 012 (BH) C&E SPR SOCIAL SCIENCES Undergraduate
SOC 032 (BH, CC)GLOBLZTN,WOMEN&DVLPMNT Undergraduate
SOC 187D SPC TPC: DOMESTIC VIOLENCE Undergraduate
SOC 191 ADV SEM: PUBLIC SOCIOLOGY Undergraduate
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