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 and without a doubt my personal and intellectual trajectory has been shaped by this city and its diversity. My 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. My research interests focus broadly on the experiences of South Asian and Asian Americans.

I'm an active member of the American Sociological Association and the Eastern Sociological Association. I have presented and organized workshops on undergraduate teaching and learning, as well as workshops on academic careers. Most recently, I participated in the third iteration of the ASA Taskforce on Liberal Learning and the Sociology Major and am one of the authors of the publication it produced.

At BMCC, I am a coordinator of Writing Across the Curriculum and focus on faculty development and training of our faculty as well as the CUNY-wide WAC Fellows. My major interest in pedagogy is writing and its transformative potential for diverse populations. In addition, I have an academic interest in the experiences of faculty, faculty development and leadership.

I am deeply committed to the mission of community colleges and being part of creating academic experiences which will enhance all areas of our students' lives.


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


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