For the past two decades, Margaret Abraham’s primary research interests have been in the area of ethnicity, gender, and migration, more specifically on domestic violence in the South Asian immigrant community.
"Underlying all my research work is an interest in power relations at the micro, meso, and macro levels. I believe that an approach grounded in sociology but drawing upon other disciplines such as anthropology, women studies, social work, and history offer me an avenue for understanding. 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 two decades I view myself as sociologist engaged in “action research” - committed to bridging the gap between scholarship and activism. As such, I continue to be an action researcher in the field of domestic violence."
Since 2004, Margaret’s research has examined the process of globalization and the transformation of work and labor relations in the context of business outsourcing to India. In 2008, her review essay “Globalization and the Call Center Industry”, was published in the International Sociology Review of Books. The essay focuses on the book Developments in the Call Centre Industry Analysis, Changes and Challenges edited by John Burgess, and Julia Connell (Routledge, 2006), and the report Bi-National Perspective on Offshore Outsourcing: A Collaboration between Indian and US Labour October, 2006. Issues she addresses in the essay include resource strategies, managers and management, jobs and job skills. She has received HCLAS grants, the Hofstra President’s grant and Asian Studies supplemental grants for conducting this research.
In addition, Margaret served as research consultant and co-author of "Serving Limited English Proficient (LEP) Battered Women: A National Survey of the Courts' Capacity to Provide Protection Orders" for the National Center for State Courts. This first national study collected national-level information on the provision of protection orders for non English speaking applicants (seeking orders of protection). The multi-method study design included a national survey of courts, an intensive survey of a select group of courts and community-based organizations within their jurisdictions, and the assessment of selected sites that can serve as national models.
Currently, Margaret is exploring the impact of suicides in social justice movements, and the sociological frames of Occupy Wall Street.