Rifat Salam

Picture of Rifat A.    Salam

Associate Professor
Deputy Chairperson
Social Sciences, Human Services and Criminal Justice

EMAIL: rsalam@bmcc.cuny.edu

Office: N-651S

Office Hours:

Phone: +1 (212) 220-8000;ext=7452

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


  • B.A. Marymount Manhattan College, Sociology,1992
  • Ph.D. New York University, Sociology,2010

Courses Taught

Research and Projects

  • BMCC Teaching Academy
    The BMCC Teaching Academy is a two-year pedagogical program aimed at junior faculty at the college. I was part of the initial group which proposed and designed the program, which was funded by the college and is now into its third cohort of faculty. I am currently serving as a Co-PI in a research project examining the program and am especially interested in assessment.


Honors, Awards and Affiliations

  • BMCC Distinguished Teaching Award- 2019
  • BMCC Faculty Development Grant 2010
    BMCC Faculty Development Grant, 2010 for the project, “Re-Arranged Marriage: Second Generation South Asians Negotiate Gender, Autonomy and Becoming American”

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