Rifat A. Salam

Associate Professor of Sociology - Deputy Chair
Social Sciences, Human Services & Criminal Justice

Email: rsalam@bmcc.cuny.edu

Office: N651S

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Phone: 212-220-8000 ext. 7452

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My family immigrated from Bangladesh to New York City in the 1970s.  I grew up in Brooklyn and attended college and graduate school in New York City and without a doubt my personal and  intellectual trajectory has been shaped by this city and its diversity. My recent book, "Negotiating Tradition, Becoming American: Family, Gender and Autonomy for Second Generation South Asians" describes the experiences of South Asian Americans whose families came to the United States in the post-1965 period following changes to immigration.  I write and speak about the ways in which South Asian Americans negotiate traditional values, including arranged marriage, with mainstream American values and culture.

I'm an active member of the American Sociological Association and the Eastern Sociological Association and present and have organized workshops on undergraduate teaching and learning.  Currently, I am a member of the ASA Taskforce on Liberal Learning and the Sociology Major which is working on developing guidelines for best practices for sociology programs and the teaching and learning of sociology, and the preparation of students for 21st century careers.

At BMCC, I am a coordinator of Writing Across the Curriculum and focus on faculty development and training of our faculty and in the CUNY WAC Fellows program.  My interests in pedagogy center around writing and its transformative potential in diverse populations. In addition, I have an academic interest in the experiences of faculty, especially faculty of color, and am working on projects exploring the mentoring needs of faculty in the current climate of higher education.  

My current research-in-progress explores the current contexts of the South Asian American experience, including the impact of post-September 11th politics and the ways in which South Asian identity is adapting to shifting political and cultural landscape.


South Asians in the United States, Sociology of the Family, Race & Ethnicity, Qualitative Research Methods, Immigration Studies, Asian-American Experiences

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