Deborah Gambs

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Associate Professor
Social Sciences, Human Services and Criminal Justice


Office: N-651T

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Phone: +1 (212) 220-8000;ext=5126

I began as an Assistant Professor at BMCC in 2008. My PhD in Sociology is from The Graduate Center at the City University of New York.

My current research project is a visual sociology/ sociology of art study on modern and contemporary sculpture by women artists. Using psychoanalytic theory and feminist philosophy, I am looking at sculptures that explore women’s bodies and the relationship between inside and outside the body. This project follows up on my dissertation research that analyzed how contemporary visual art illustrates the impact of technological change on society.

I have co-edited a volume of essays with Rose M. Kim, Women on the Role of Public Higher Education: Personal Reflections from CUNY’s Graduate Center (Palgrave 2015). The essays in this book were written by women social scientists on their experiences at the CUNY Graduate Center, with a particular focus on the importance of public higher education.

I have also published articles in the journals Socialism & Democracy, Cultural StudiesCritical Methodologies, and Qualitative Inquiry. Some of my photography is included in the journals Women Studies Quarterly and Socialism & Democracy.


Sociology of Art • Feminist Theories • Psychoanalytic Theories • Public Higher Education


B.A. North Park University, Sociology & Human Diversity,1996

Ph.D. The CUNY Graduate Center, Sociology,2008

Courses Taught

Research and Projects

The Inside-Outside Relationship of Women’s Bodies in Sculpture by Women Artists


Honors, Awards and Affiliations


  • Digital Storytelling 2014
    Facilitator, Faculty Summer Workshop
  • PSC-CUNY Award 2013
    “Land, Landing, Landed: A Visual and Textual Autoethnography”
  • Digital Storytelling 2013
    Faculty Summer Workshop at BMCC -“Following Trees”
  • CUNY Faculty Fellowship Publication Program Spring 2010
    “After Race: Technics, Haptics & Zones of Intensities”
  • CUNY PSC Grant 2009-1010
    “Complicating the Nature-Culture Relationship: Natalie Jeremijenko’s OneTree”


  • Eastern Sociological Society
  • Midwest Sociological Society
  • Cultural Studies Association

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