Margaret Abraham

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Education

  • Ph.D. in Sociology, Syracuse University, USA 1989.
  • M.A. in Sociology, Delhi School of Economics, Delhi University, India, 1984.
  • B.A. (Honours) in Sociology, Delhi University, India 1982. Minors: Pol. Science and History.
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Current Position

  • Professor of Sociology, Hofstra University.
  • Co-Director, Hofstra in India Program, Hofstra University.
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Professional Positions

Current Projects

  • Domestic Violence and Human Rights
  • Suicides and Social Justice
  • Gender and Intersectional Violence
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Employment History

  • Professor of Sociology, Dept. of Sociology, Hofstra University, 2002 - Present.
  • Chair, Dept. of Sociology and Anthropology, Hofstra University, Fall 2000 - 2003.
  • Director, Women’s Studies Program, Hofstra University, 2000 - 2001.
  • Associate Professor, Dept. of Sociology & Anthropology, Hofstra University, 1996 - 2002.
  • Assistant Professor, Dept. of Sociology & Anthropology, Hofstra University, 1990 - 1996.
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Research and Teaching Interests

  • Ethnicity, Gender and Development, Domestic Violence, Globalization, South Asian Diaspora
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Editorial Board Member

  • Editorial Board Member, Journal of Sociology, 2013-2016.
  • Editorial Board Member, Gender & Society, 2011- 2014.
  • Editorial Board Member, Sociological Perspectives, 2007- 2011.
  • Editorial Board Member, Journal Violence Against Women, 2005 – 2008 December.
  • Editorial Board Member, Current Sociology Monograph Series (ISA & Sage), 2007 – 2010.
  • ASA Rose Series in Sociology, Advisory Board Member, 2009 -2012.
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Consultant

  • Consultant for NIJ-sponsored project, "Serving Limited English Proficient (LEP) Battered Women: A National Survey of the Courts' Capacity to Provide Protection Orders" National Center for State Courts, Williamsburg, VA. 2004 – 2006.
  • Consultant for the National Evaluation of the Grants to Combat Violent Crimes Against Women on Campuses Program Institute For Law and Justice, Alexandria, VA 2001-2002.
  • Consultant for lawyers and Legal Aid – South Asian domestic violence cases 1996-2002.
  • Consultant to Social Intervention Group Project, Columbia University 1996-1998.  
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Honors

  • Citation by Office of the Comptroller, Nassau County, State of New York. In recognition of dedicated and exemplary service provided for the benefit of (Nassau’s) residents. October 2015.
  • Certificate  of Recognition, Town of Hempstead, NY.  In recognition of dedicated service and significant contributions to the NOAH Program and the students of Hofstra University. October 2015.
  • New Opportunities at Hofstra (NOAH) Program’s 50th Anniversary Celebration Honoree. October 2015.
  • Sociologists for Women in Society. 2013 Feminist Activism Award. For exemplifying sociologists working for women in society. August 2013.
  • Outstanding Community Advocate Award, Domestic Harmony Foundation, Spring 2013. In recognition of research and activism in the field of domestic violence in the South Asian Immigrant community.
  • Citation by Office of the Executive, Nassau County, State of New York. Commendation for service to the community and as honored by Domestic Harmony Foundation. Spring 2013.
  • American Association of Indian Social Workers Award: For commitment to teaching and research in the area of social transformation in immigrant communities. October 2012.
  • Sakhi’s 2012 Legacy Circle Honoree, Sakhi for South Asian Women. In honor of exemplary commitment and support of Sahki’s mission to end violence against women. 2012.
  • Olga Von Tauber Award, Nassau University Medical Center, for scholarly contributions to mental health. April 2012.
  • Special Recognition for Pioneer Research on Domestic Violence in South Asian Communities, Awarded by Apna Ghar, Chicago (Domestic Violence Organization). 2010.
  • Diversity Award. In recognition for leadership and work on the Diversity Task force. National Center for Suburban Studies, Hofstra University. October 2009.
  • Special Recognition Award, Arizona South Asians for Safe Families, Service, Community.  April 2009.
  • Spirit of Women Award. Presented by Indus Women Leaders for significant contribution to the advancement of South Asian Women. 2004. 
  • American Sociological Association: Section of Asia and Asia America Outstanding Book Award. For, Speaking the Unspeakable: Marital Violence Among South Asian Immigrants in the United States. 2002.
  • “Women’s History Month” Honored by Office of the Executive, Nassau County, State of New York. In recognition of work on domestic violence in the South Asian Immigrant community. March 2001.
  • Book Award Nominee, Association of Asian American Studies. Social Science, 2000.
  • Indian American Kerala Cultural and Civic Center Award, New York. In recognition for contributions to the Indian community in the United States through scholarship in the Social Sciences. November 2000.
  • Sakhi for South Asian Women, NY. For research on marital violence among South Asians. 1999.
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Selected Publications

  • Contours of Citizenship:  Women, Diversity and Practices of Citizenship. (Co-edited) Margaret Abraham (Lead Editor), Esther Ngan-ling Chow, Laura Maratou-Alipranti, Evangelia Tastsoglou Ashgate Publishing Ltd. Aldenshot, Hampshire, UK.2010.
  • Speaking the Unspeakable: Marital Violence Among South Asians in the U.S. Rutgers University Press: New Brunswick New Jersey: June 2000 (reprinted 2002).
  • Special Issue: Making a Difference: Linking Research and Action in Practice, Pedagogy and Policy for Social Justice. Current Sociology, Monograph Series, SAGE. March 2012. (Co-edited with Bandana Purkayastha).
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Journal Articles and Chapters

  • “The Intersections of Protest Suicides, Oppression and Social Justice”. Sociologies in Dialogue, Journal of Brazilian Sociological Society,  Porto Alegre, Brazil, Vol 1, No. 1, July-Dec 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, 2015.
  • “Strengthening Sociology’s Commitment to Social Justice”. Global Dialogue, International Sociological Association, vol. 4, No. 3, September 2014.
  • Introduction: Making a Difference: Linking Research and Action in Practice, Pedagogy and Policy for Social Justice.  Current Sociology, Sage. (Co-authored with Bandana Purkayastha), March 2012.
  • “Transforming Place and Belonging through Action Research, Community Practice, and Public Policy: Comparing Responses to NIMBYism”. Current Sociology, Sage. (Co-authored with Gregory Maney), March 2012.
  • “Globalization, Work and Citizenship: The Call Centre Industry in India”. In Contours of Citizenship: Women, Diversity and Practices of Citizenship. Ashgate Publishing Ltd, 2010.
  • “Rethinking Citizenship with Women in Focus.”  Contours of Citizenship: Women, Diversity and Practices of Citizenship. (Co-authored with Esther Ngan-ling Chow, Laura Maratou. Evangelia Tastsoglou) Ashgate Publishing Ltd, 2010.
  • “Whose Backyard? Boundary Making in NIMBY Opposition to Immigrant Services.” (Co-authored with Gregory Maney)  Social Justice, 2009.
  • Globalization and the Call Center Industry”, Review Essay in International Sociology Review of Book, 2008.
  • “Ethnicity and Marginality: A Study of Indian Jewish Immigrants in Israel” Indian Diaspora in West Asia: A Reader ed. Prakash C. Jain. Manohar Publishers: New Delhi, 2007. (Reprint).
  • “Infanticide” Encyclopedia of Sex and Gender, Macmillan Library Reference, 2006.
  • “Model Minority and Marital Violence: South Asian Immigrants in the United States” Chapter in Cultural Psychology of Immigrants. Editor, Ram Mahalingam. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates Inc.
  • Publishers, 2006.
  • “Domestic Violence and the Indian Diaspora in the United States” Indian Journal of Gender Studies, 2005. (Also reprinted in Marriage and Migration editors, Rajni Palriwala and Patricia Uberoi, Sage Publication, 2007).
  • “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.
  • “South Asian Immigrant Women’s HIV/AIDS Related Issues: An Exploratory Study of New York City. (Co-authored with Roopa Chakkappan and Sung Won Park). Published by APICHA, 2005.
  • “Strategies of Resistance” Chapter in volume edited by Natalie Sokoloff and Christine Pratt. Domestic Violence at the Margins: Readings in Race, Class, Gender and Culture. Rutgers University Press, 2005
  • “Addressing Domestic Violence and Challenging the Model Minority Community of South Asians in the United States,” Intersections and Divergences: Contemporary Asian American Communities. Edited by R. Bonus and L. Vo. Temple University Press, 2002.
  • "Immigrant Status and Marital Violence," Women and the Politics of Violence. Editor, Taisha Abraham, New Delhi: Shakti Books, 2002.
  • "Femicide," Routledge International Encyclopedia of Women's Studies, Spring 2001.
  • "Infanticide," Routledge International Encyclopedia of Women's Studies, Spring 2001.
  • “Reflections on Doing Research.” Comments in Asian Mode 1999-2000. Issue 2, March 2000.
  • “Isolation as a Social Factor in Marital Violence: The South Asian Immigrant Experience” Journal of Social Distress and the Homeless, vol.9, No.3, 2000.
  • “Sexual Abuse in South Asian Immigrant Marriages.” Violence Against Women, vol.5, No. 6, 2000.
  • “Speaking the Unspeakable: Marital Violence Among the South Asian Community in the United States." Indian Journal of Gender Studies vol.5 No.2 Aug-Dec, 1998.
  • “Marital Violence and Alienation among South Asian Immigrant Women in the United States. Designs on Alienation editor, Devorah Kalekin-Fishman. Finland: Sophi Press, 1998.
  • "Ethnicity, Gender, and Marital Violence: South Asian Women's Organizations in the United States." Gender & Society Vol.9 No.4, August 1995.
  • "Ethnicity and Marginality: Indian Jewish Immigrants in Israel", South Asian Bulletin, 1995.
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Selected Fellowships & Grants

  • Hofstra University, Center for Scholarly Research and Academic Excellence Grant 2014-2015, 2007-2008, 2005-2006.

  • The Sydney S. Spivack Program in Applied Social Research and Social Policy Community Action Grant Seen and Sheltered: Effective Responses to NIMBYISM 2007-2008 (co-recipient).

  • International Sociological Association - Research Committees Grant: 2007 (co-recipient).

  • American Sociological Association Travel Grant to attend International Sociological Association, Durban, South Africa. July 22nd – 29th 2006 (Declined).
  • Hofstra University Presidential Research Award for 2007-2008, 2006-2007, 2005-2006.
  • Asian Studies Supplemental Research Hofstra University, 2004-2005, 2003-2004, 2002-2003.
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Grant Applications Peer Reviewer

  • Office of Violence Against Women Legal Assistance for Victims Grants Program 2004.
  • Violence Against Women Office Grants to Reduce Violence Against Women on Campus Program 2001, 2002.
  • CUNY grant proposal 2005-2006.
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Board Member

  • Advisory Board Member, Domestic Harmony Foundation, 2014-Present.
  • Board of Trustees, Member, Westbury Friends School 2006- 2009.
  • Advisory Board Member, Violence Against Women’s Act Measuring Effectiveness Initiative, Edmund S. Muskie School of Public Service, University of Southern Maine, Portland, Maine, 2002-2004.
  • Board Member, Sakhi for South Asian Women, New York, Spring 2000 - Spring 2002.
  • Board Member, Asian and Pacific Islander Coalition on HIV/AIDS (APICHA), New York, NY, July 1999 – June 2001.
  • National Advisory Board Member, National Evaluation of Arrest Policies Program Under the Violence Against Women Act conducted by the Institute for Law and Justice, VA, 1999 – 2001.
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Conference Presentations

  • Vulnerability to Violence. White House Council on Women and Girls and the Anna Julia Cooper Center at Wake Forest University. The White House, Washington D.C., November 13, 2015.
  • Sociology in Transnational Dialogues, Strenghtening Sociology’s Commitment to Addressing Gendered Intersectional Violence. XVII Congresso Brasileiro de Sociologia. Brasilian Sociological Society, UFRGS, Porto Alegre, Brazil, July 21, 2015.
  • Sociology Matters: Addressing Violence Trough Research and Activism. Contours of Violence. 22nd Annual SASA Congress at the University of Johannesburg. Johannesburg, South Africa, June 28, 2015.
  • Progression and Regression: (Re)shaping the State’s Response to Violence Against Women (Violence Against South Asian Women). British Sociological Association Annual Conference. Saltire Centre, Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow, Scotland, UK. April 16, 2015.
  • Sociology Matters: Sociology’s Commitment to Social Justice. Indian Sociological Society, Varanasi, India, December 1, 2014
  • Addressing Domestic Violence in Canada and the United States: The Uneasy Co-Habitation of Women and the State. XVIII ISA World Congress of Sociology. Pacifico Conference Center, Yokohama, Japan, July 2014.
  • Public Sociological Frames on the Occupy Movement in the United States. National Association Meetings of the International Sociological Association. Middle East Technical University Cultural and Convention Center, Ankara, Turkey, April 2013.
  • Connecting Circles of Knowledge (plenary speaker). Sociologists for Women in Society, Winter Meeting, Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico, February 7-10, 2013.
  • South Asian Immigrant Struggles for Social Justice: The Possibilities and Pitfalls of Transnational Anti-Domestic Violence at Work for Social Change, Bangladesh Sociological Association Regional Conference, December 21-22, 2012.
  • Domestic Violence in South Asian Communities in the U.S., Nassau University Medical Center, April 18, 2012.
  • Muslims in Motion: Islam and National Identity by Nazil Kibria-Author-Meets-Critics, Annual Meetings of the Eastern Sociological Association, New York City, February 23-26, 2012.
  • Talking the Talk and Walking the Walk?: Linking Research and Action in Ending Domestic Violence, Sociology Symposium: “Paradox of Social Justice”, Cal Poly Pomona, CA, Feb. 9, 2012.
  • Building Effective Global Partnerships. Sociologists for Women in Society, Winter Meeting, Workshop Panelist, Tampa, Florida January 24, 2012.
  • Keynote Address, Indian Sociological Society – Post Conference Seminar - University of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram, India. Challenges in theoretical & methodological considerations, Dec. 27, 2011.
  • Addressing Domestic Violence, Keynote Speaker, Annual Banquet and Fundraiser, Chetna: Domestic Violence Organization, Richardson, TX. November 11, 2012.
  • Refocusing the Gender and Migration Lens: Cyber Migrant Labor, Customer Care and the Call Centre in India" Inclusions, exclusions, seclusions: Living in a globalized world, Women’s Worlds Congress, Ottawa, Canada. July 2011.
  • "Re (thinking) Intersectionality: Globalization of Service work and Cyber Migrant Labor". Intersectionalities and Complex Inequalities, Annual Meetings of the Eastern Sociological Association, Philadelphia. February 2011.
  • Which intersections? What effects?: Domestic Violence and the South Asian Diaspora in the U.S.". (2011). Intersectionalities and Complex Inequalities, Annual Meetings of Eastern Sociological Association, Philadelphia, PA, "February, 2011.
  • Cyber Migrant Labor: Women and Call Centre Work in the Global Economy”". (XVII International Sociological Association World Congress of Sociology. RC31 Transnational Migration and Identity, RC31 XVII International Sociological Association World Congress of Sociology, Gothenburg, Sweden. July 14, 2010.
  • “From Addressing ‘Personal Problems’ to Claiming Human Rights: Reflections on Anti-Domestic Violence Activism”", XVII International Sociological Association World Congress of Sociology, International Sociological Association, Gothenburg, Sweden. July 13, 2010.
  • "From NIMBYISM to YIMBYISM: Effective Strategies for Establishing Immigrant Service Facilities", 104th Annual Conference, American Sociological Association, San Francisco, Aug. 2009.
  • "Court Services and Limited English Proficient (LEP) Persons Seeking Protection Orders", 104th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, American Sociological Association, San Francisco, CA, August 9, 2009.
  • "Exploring Connections: Asia and Asian America", 38th Annual Meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Region Association for Asian Studies. Mid-Atlantic Region Association for Asian Studies, Rutgers University, October 26, 2008).
  • “Pitfalls and Possibilities of Action Research in Addressing Domestic Violence” First ISA World Forum of Sociology Barcelona, Spain, Sept. 5-8, 2008.
  • Whose Backyard? Boundary Making in Opposition to Immigrant Services (co-authored Gregory M. Maney) 103rd Annual Meetings of the American Sociological Association. Boston, August 2008.
  • “Globalization and Cyber Migrant Labor: Women and Work in the Indian Call Center Industry” Mundos de Mujeres/Women’s Worlds 2008 - The 10th International Interdisciplinary Congress on Women Madrid, Spain, July 3-9, 2008.
  • “In Dialogue: Toward Bridging Research and Action in Addressing Domestic Violence for South Asian Communities in the United States”, 2007 Rutgers Annual Conference on South Asia, Rutgers University, New Brunswick. Nov 10th 2007.
  • “Globalization, Women and Work in the Call Centre Industry” ISA-RC 32 Interim Conference: Women and Citizenship in a Local /Global World. Sponsored by National Centre for Social Research (EKKE) and ISA/RC32, Athens, Greece, May 31-June 1, 2007
  • “Doing Public Sociology: Bringing the Margins to the Center” (presented with Bandana Purkayatha). XVI World Congress of Sociology, Durban, South Africa., July 28th 2006
  • “Marriage, Migration, and Marital Violence Among Indian Diaspora in the U.S.” Metropolis Conference, Toronto Canada, October 17, 2005.
  • “Service on the Line: Youth Jobs and Indian Call Centers” Youth Employment in the Global Economy: An International Interdisciplinary Conference. Hofstra University Sept.15, 2005
  • “Service on the Line: Indian Telephone Call Centers and Customer Care” ASA Asia Section Round Table.100th Annual Meetings of the American Sociological Association. Philadelphia. Aug.14, 2005.
  • “Business Process Outsourcing: The U.S. and India in the New Global Market” (with S. Manning) 99th Annual Meetings of the American Sociological Association. San Francisco, August 2004.
  • “Domestic Violence Among Asian Immigrant Women” Annual Conference on Criminal Justice Research and Evaluation Washington D.C. July 20th 2004.
  • “Redefining self, community, and culture among South Asian immigrants in the U.S: Panel on Self, Culture and Narratives” Conference on Immigration Psychology: Rethinking Race, Class and Gender, University of Michigan University, Ann Arbor. April 12, 2003.
  • “Domestic Violence” Solidarity: Addressing Socioeconomic Disparities in South Asian America, South Asian Conference Council of Yale College, Yale University Spring Feb. 9, 2003.
  • “Domestic Violence and South Asian Ethnic Identity construction in the United States: Post Sept. 11th”, XV World Congress of Sociology (RC32), Brisbane, Australia. July 10th 2002.
  • Gendering and Politicizing Violence: Domestic Violence in South Asian Communities in the U.S after September 11th Thematic session, 72nd Annual Meeting of the Eastern Sociological Society, March 8, 2002.
  • “The Courts’ Response to Violence Against Women: Progress and Future” Fifteenth Anniversary Conference: New York State Judicial Committee on Women in the Courts. New York City, April 4, 2001.
  • "Intersections and Divergences Addressing Domestic Violence in the South Asian Community" Asian American Studies Conference, Toronto, Canada, March 28-April 1, 2001.
  • “Addressing Violence Against Women” International Women’s Conference. New Delhi, India. February 27-March 2, 2000.
  • “The Politics of Research” The Next Millennium Conference: Ending Domestic Violence (Sponsored by the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Community Services). Washington D.C. Aug. 29-Sept. 1, 1999.
  • “The ‘Controlling’ image of the ‘Model Minority’: Ethnicity, race, class, and gender implications”93rd Annual meeting of the American Sociological Association. San Francisco Aug. 21-25, 1998.
  • “Immigration policies and practices in the United States: Ethnicity, race, and class implications”14th World Congress of Sociology of the International Sociological Association, Montreal, Canada July 26 –Aug. 1, 1998.
  • “Mobilizing the Community to Respond to Violence Against Women” Domestic Violence Among South Asian, East Asian& Arab Immigrant Women: Challenges and Solutions. Colombia University, New York. Oct. 17, 1997.
  • “Domestic Violence in the South Asian Community.” South Asian Women’s Conference. Los Angeles. September 21, 1997.
  • “Cultural and Structural Factors in Marital Violence Among South Asians in the United States.” World Congress on Violence and Human Coexistence. University College, Dublin, Ireland Aug. 1997.
  • “Transnational Marriages and Marital Violence Among South Asians in the United States.” Refereed Roundtable at the 92nd Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association in Toronto, Canada Aug. 1997.
  • "Marital Violence and Alienation among South Asian Immigrant Women." International Sociology Conference on Alienation and Families. Tampere, Finland, May 1996.
  • "Families and Law: Changing Values, Rights and Obligations." American Bar Association Commission on College and University Legal Studies Conference. Colorado. April 1996.
  • “Women Under Siege” Women speak: Human Rights; Southern Women’s Perspective Symposium New York University, New York. April 26 & 27, 1996.
  • "Community Empowerment and South Asian Women's Organizations" 90th Annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, Washington D.C. Aug.1995.
  • "Examining the role of community based women's organizations in addressing the problem of Marital Violence Among South Asians in the United States." National Women's Studies Association's 16th Annual Conference. June 1995.
  • “Addressing the Problem of Violence Against Ethnic Minority Women: A Sociological Study of the Role of Community Organizations as Agents of Change”. XIII World Congress of Sociology, Bielefeld, Germany, July 1994.
  • “The Intersectionality of Gender and Ethnicity as a Sociological Framework for the Analysis of Domestic Violence” Rockefeller Symposium, Rockefeller Foundation, N.Y., June 1993.
  • “Organizational Strategies for Social Change: Addressing the Problem of Marital Violence Among South Asians in the U.S.” Annual Meeting of the Eastern Sociological Society, Boston, March 1993.
  • “Marital Violence among South Asians in the U.S.” Tenth Annual Conference of the Association for Asian American Studies, Ithaca, June 1993.
  • "Marginality and Disintegration of Community Identity Among the Jews of India” Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion New Orleans, Nov. 1990.
  • “Attitudes Toward Abortion and the Funding of Abortion”. Annual meeting of the New York State Sociological Association, Syracuse, Oct. 1990.
  • “Current Abortion Attitudes Among College Students Following the 1989 Supreme Court Decision.” American Sociological Association, Washington, D.C., Aug. 1990.
  • “Inclusion and Exclusion: A Study of an Indian Jewish Community”. Society for Applied Sociology Conference, Chicago, August 1988.
  • “Social Background, Personal Conservatism and Attitude Toward Communism.” Eastern Sociological Society Conference, Boston, May 1987.
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Selected Talks & Panels Sessions (Building Communities)

  • Speaker, “Why Diversity Matters: Transforming Place and Belonging”, University of Michigan-Flint. September 18, 2015.
  • Convocation Speaker, “Transforming Education into International Experience”, Southern Utah University. October 12-15, 2014.
  • Semi Plenary Speaker, “Progression and Regression: (Re)shaping the State’s Response to Violence Against Women (Violence Against South Asian Women). UNESCO Chair in Gender Research, Lancaster University and Security Lancaster and Department of Sociology. UK, Britain, April 17, 2015.
  • Plenary speaker: “Dialogue with Global Sociologists”. Sociological Pre World Congress 2014 Workshop, Yokohama, Japan. July 2013.
  • Keynote Speaker, “Making A Different: Linking Research and Action in Anti-Domestic Violence Community Work”, Praxis International Advocacy Center. July 16, 2013.
  • Speaker, “Talking the Talk and Walking the Walk?: Linking Research and Action in Ending Domestic Violence” Paradox of Social Justice Sociology Symposium, Department of Pyschology and Sociology. Cal Poly Pomona, CA Feb 9,2012.
  • Panelist, Building Effective Global Partnerships. Sociologists for Women in Society, January 24, 2012.
  • Speaker, “Women, Work and Citizenship" Dept. of Sociology University of Hyderabad, India, Jan 2012.
  • Speaker, Addressing Aging and Your Culture Seminar, Project Independence, Town of North Hempstead Department of Services for the Aging. March 23, 2010.
  • Guest Speaker, “Addressing Domestic Violence in South Asian Communities in the US”, Helen Ralston Annual Memorial Lecture. Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Feb. 3, 2010. Committee Co-Chair, Sakhi for South Asian Women, 20th Anniversary Gala. New York City, New York, Raised over $150,000. 2009.
  • Guest Speaker, New Jersey. Movement Building: History of South Asian Organizations. Opening Session AAROHAN 2008: South Asian Women RISE UP Against Violence. Sponsored by Manavi and Violence Against Women Grant Office. Sept. 19, 2009.
  • Guest Speaker, Domestic Violnce. Domestic Harmony Foundation, Long Island. April 2009.
  • Guest Speaker, Shakti: The Power in Empowerment Conference, sponsored by Arizona South Asians for Safe Families, Tempe, Arizona. April 2009.
  • Speaker for the Opening Session, "Stepping Stones: Tracing South Asian Women’s Organizations that Address Domestic Violence in the United States". Capacity Building Institute. Sponsored by Manavi, NJ and funded by the Violence Against Women Grant’s Office. Sept. 21, 2008.
  • Speaker “Why Diversity Matters: Challenges and Lessons Learned” . Nassau Bar Association, Long Island, NY. Jan. 15, 2008.
  • Speaker, “Looking Back, Looking Ahead: Domestic Violence and the Indian Diaspora in the United States”. Department of Sociology and the Centre for the Study of Indian Diaspora, University of Hyderabad, India. April 10th 2006.
  • Panelist, “South Asian Forum on Sexual Health”, New York City, APICHA. April 26, 2006.
  • Keynote: “Motivating Change” Indus Women Leaders Annual Conference. Chicago, Sept. 16, 2005.
  • Panelist, “Twenty years of South Asian Women’s Organizations: Looking Back, Looking Forward” Aarohan Conference, Manavi New Jersey Sept. 9, 2005.
  • Speaker: “The Power to Influence” Indus Women Leaders Annual Conference. Boston, Oct. 23, 2004.
  • Panelist, Aarohan Conference, Manavi New Jersey, August 22, 2003.
  • Keynote Speaker: “Celebrating Women of Color.” University of Connecticut, April, 2003.
  • Speaker, Speaking the Unspeakable: Bridging Research and Activism in Addressing Domestic Violence. Multicultural Center, University of California at Santa Barbara. Feb. 11, 2003.
  • Panelist, “Domestic Violence” Solidarity Conference: Addressing Socio-Economic Disparities in South Asian America. February 9th, 2003 Yale University.
  • Panelist, “Social Services and Quality of Life” Post 9/11-Freedom Under Attack: Threats to a Multicultural Society. Asian American Leadership Summit 2003, Cosponsored by Asian Americans for Equality, New York City, Jan. 23, 2003.
  • Speaker, “Domestic Violence as a Health Issue” 20th Annual Convention of American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin. Chicago, Illinois. June 27th, 2002.
  • Speaker, Women’s Forum “Domestic Violence and the South Asian Community” 20th Annual Convention of American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin. Chicago, Il. June 27, 2002.
  • Keynote Speaker, “More Reflections on Domestic Violence…the multicultural perspective.” Family Violence Coordinating Council Symposium. Sponsored by the Circuit Court of Cook County’s Second Municipal District, & Oakton Community College Chicago, Illinois. Oct. 29, 2001.
  • Keynote Speaker, Asians Against Domestic Violence. Sponsored by Asians Against Domestic Violence Inc. & Asian American Studies Program, University of Houston, Houston, Texas. Oct.4, 2001.
  • Speaker, “Domestic Violence & the South Asian community” Women’s Health Seminar. Cosponsored by Apna Ghar Inc. & Indian Medical Association, September. 9, 2001.
  • Speaker, The Many Faces of Domestic Violence. Sponsored by the Nassau Academy of Law, Nassau County, June 26, 2001.
  • Speaker, Speaking the Unspeakable. Sponsored by the Department of Sociology Nassau Community College, April 3, 2001.
  • Speaker, “Violence Against Immigrant Women,” International Women’s Day Conference. Sponsored by Labor Studies & Women’s Studies, Hofstra University, March 8, 2001.
  • Speaker, Speaking the Unspeakable. Cosponsored by the Department of Sociology and the South Asian Center. Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs, Syracuse University, November 9, 2000.
  • Speaker, “Criminal Injustice? A Critical Review of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996.” Sponsored by the Committee on Civil Rights and the Committee on Immigration and Nationality Law. The Association of the Bar of the City of New York, New York. Oct. 17, 2000
  • Keynote Speaker, “Speaking the Unspeakable” Conference on ‘Relationships and Communities: The Law That Bind Us.” Sponsored by Saheli, (a South Asian organization against domestic violence) Austin, Texas, Sept. 16, 2000.
  • Speaker, “In a Foreign Country and Behind Closed Doors” Sponsored by the Department of Asian Studies, University of Texas, Austin, Texas, 15, 2000.
  • Speaker, “Speaking the Unspeakable.” Safe Place, Austin, Texas. Sept. 15, 2000.
  • Panelist, National Advisory Research Consortium (NRAC) Asian &Pacific Islander American Communities, San Francisco, CA 2000.
  • Speaker, “Speaking the Unspeakable” Sponsored by Omega Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Hofstra University, New York. May1-4, 2000.
  • Speaker, “South Asian Community Activism: Organizational Strategies, Struggles and Successes.” University of Connecticut, West Hartford. Nov. 16, 1999.
  • Speaker, “Domestic Violence in different cultures and its impact on immigration, Matrimonial, criminal and family law issues.” Supreme Court, Mineola, NY. Sponsored by the Nassau County Judicial Committee on Women in the Courts. Oct. 1, 1999.
  • Speaker, “Myths and Realities: The Many Faces of South Asian Immigrant Youth” Sponsored by St. John’s University, New York. April 17, 1999.
  • Speaker, The Global Advancement of Women’s Rights. Hofstra University, New York. March 12, 1999.
  • Speaker, Domestic violence in the Asian community: Organizing and mobilizing across communities. Sponsored New York University Sponsored by New York Asian Women’s Center, Sakhi for South Asian Women and New York University Asian Pacific American Law Students Association, Jan. 20, 1998.
  • Speaker, Conference on “Domestic Violence among South Asian, East Asian and Arab Immigrant Women: Challenges and Solutions”. Columbia University Social Intervention Group and Institute for Research on Women and Gender, New York, Oct., 17, 1997.
  • Speaker, “Enduring Question Series” Hofstra University, New York, Spring 1996.
  • Speaker, "Moving Beyond a "Private Problem": Addressing Marital Violence Among South Asians in the United States". Fund raiser for function sponsored by Service and Education for Women Against Abuse, Philadelphia, July 29, 1995.
  • Speaker, "Signs and Portents: New Paradigms for Transcultural Literacy and Social Policy in 21st Century America." Asian/American Center, Queens College, CUNY, New York. May 12-13, 1995.
  • Speaker, "South Asian Immigrant Women and Domestic Violence" The Columbia University School of Social Work, New York. April 10, 1995.
  • Speaker, "Domestic Violence in the South Asian Community" Cornell University, March,1995.
  • Speaker, "The Role of Women's Organizations in Addressing the Problem of the International Sale of Brides: The Case of Amina". Of Human Bondage: The International Traffic in Bodies, Babies and Bride Conference, Women's Studies Program, Hofstra.
  • Speaker, “Racism Within and Towards the Community”, Conference on South Asian Immigrant Women” Sakhi for South Asian Women and Manavi at Columbia University, 1993.
  • Speaker, “Marital Violence within the South Asian Community: Addressing the Problem Developing the Strategies in the U.S., Hunter College, CUNY, April 1993.
  • Speaker, "Domestic Violence in the South Asian community" Fundraiser sponsored by Service and Education for Women Against Abuse, Philadelphia, March 1993.
  • Chair, session on “Race, Ethnicity and Suburban Politics” - Contested Terrain: Power, Politics, and Participation in Suburbia Conference, Hofstra University, March 1993.
  • Chair, session on “International Perspectives on Communication, Language and Gender” 15th Annual Conference for the Study of Communication, Language & Gender, Hofstra University, Oct.1992.
  • Panelist, “Race Relations Open Forum”, Hofstra University, April 1992.
  • Panelist, “Confronting Prejudice on Campus,” B’nai B’rith Hillel Foundation, Hofstra, 1992.
  • Speaker, “The Indian Jewish Experience”, Long Island Zionist Association, Feb. 1992.
  • Speaker, “The Jews of India”, International Scene, Hofstra University, Nov. 1991
  • Speaker, “Is There Racism at Hofstra”, Hofstra University, November 1991.
  • Speaker, “A Look Behind the Masks of Racism”, Hofstra University, November 1991.
  • Panelist, “What Can You Do About Discrimination?” Hofstra University, September 1991.
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Courses Taught

Globalization, Work and Citizenship

  • Ethnicity & Minority Groups
  • Women and Development
  • Senior Seminar on “Violence Against Women”
  • Sociology of Gender
  • Contemporary Society
  • Introduction to Women’s Studies
  • Women Studies Seminar “Domestic Violence”
  • First Year Seminar “Crossing Borders”
  • Introduction to Applied Social Policy
  • Funding & Community Based Research
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Teaching Experience

  • Professor, Department of Sociology, Hofstra University, August 2002 - present.
  • Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Hofstra University, August 1996 - 2002.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Hofstra University, August 1990 - 1996.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Syracuse University, August 1989 - 1990.
  • Instructor, Department of Sociology, Syracuse University, Summer 1988.
  • Teaching Assistant, Department of Sociology, Syracuse University, August 1988 - Dec.1988.
  • Teaching Assistant, Department of Sociology, Syracuse University, January 1985 - Jan. 1987.
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Affiliations

  • American Sociological Association
  • International Sociological Association
  • Sociologists for Women in Society
  • Association for Asian American Studies
  • Sakhi for South Asian Women
  • Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP)
  • Eastern Sociological Association
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University and College Committees

  • Member, Diversity Task Force, 2004-2015
  • Member, Faculty Personal Board, 2005-2008
  • Center for Civic Engagement, 2006-present
  • Member, Committee to recruit “Dean of Honors College” Hofstra University, 2003 Spring
  • HCLAS Five Year Strategic Planning Taskforce (Social Science), 2002 Fall
  • Saturday College Committee, 2001 - 2003
  • Security Advisory Committee, 1999 - 2003
  • Member, Ad Hoc University Honors Committee Program, 1999 – 2000
  • Chair, Departmental Personnel Committee, 1997 - 2000
  • Chair, Women and Minorities, AAUP, Hofstra Chapter, 1997 - 2000
  • Member, Search Committee “Dean of Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences”, 1998
  • Member, Committee to Recruit “Director of New Opportunities at Hofstra, 1998
  • Member, Curriculum Proposals Committee, 1995 - 1998
  • Member, University Senate, 1994 -1997
  • Member, University Academic Affairs Committee, 1995 - 1997
  • Member, Committee to Review Training of Public Safety Staff, 1995 - 1997
  • Member, Task Force on Discrimination & Harassment, 1995 -1997
  • Member, Women Studies Steering Committee, 1994 -1999
  • Faculty Member, Student Affairs Committee, 1994 -1995
  • Member, Ad Hoc Committee for Recruiting "Dean of Admissions", 1993
  • Member, Africana Studies Committee, 1991-1998
  • Member, Senate Athletic Policy Committee, 1991-1994
  • Member, Committee for a Bias Free Campus, 1990-1991
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