Margaret has been involved in research and activism in the field of domestic violence in the South Asian immigrant community for more than two decades.
"Though my entrée into the field of domestic violence in 1989 was primarily as a researcher whose main goal was to contribute to the discourse on domestic violence, over the past 25 years I view myself as sociologist engaged in “action research” - committed to bridging the gap between scholarship and activism."
Margaret was a co-recipient of The Sydney S. Spivack Program in Applied Social Research and Social Policy Community Action Grant for the project "Seen and Sheltered: Effective Responses to NIMBYISM" 2007-2008.
She has been appointed on journal editorial boards 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 Sakhi for South Asian Women, Indus Women Leaders, the Indian American Kerala Cultural and Civic Center, and the Office of the Executive, Nassau County, State of New York. 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. She has been:
- Member, Board of Trustees, 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).
- Committee Co-Chair, Sakhi for South Asian Women, 20th Anniversary Gala. New York City, New York, Raised over $150,000 (2009).