Rifat A Salam
Social Sciences, Human Services and Criminal Justice
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
- This course studies the social world and how it has evolved over time, as well as how individuals are influenced and structured by social interactions in small groups and by larger social forces. The course covers major sociological theories and research methods, and key concepts such as culture, socialization, social class, race/ethnicity, gender, technology, social inequality, and social change.
- This course studies the various ethnic groups which comprise the population of the United States—their accommodations and assimilation, their changing attitudes and impact on one another. In addition, the effects of interracial tension on personality and social organization are explored and comparative analyses of selected countries are made. Prerequisite: SOC 100
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.
- Negotiating Tradition, Becoming American: Family, Gender and Autonomy for Second Generation South Asians,LFB Scholarly Publishing
- The Sociology Major in the Changing Landscape of Higher Education,American Sociological Association
Honors, Awards and Affiliations
- 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”