Robin G Isserles

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Social Sciences, Human Services and Criminal Justice


Office: N-651J

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Phone: +1 (212) 220-8227


I am the third generation in my family to be a part of the CUNY system.??A My maternal grandmother, while a single mother raising two young children, took classes at City College Downtown (what later became Baruch) to become a teacher, both my parents graduated from Queens College, and I graduated from the Graduate Center and teach here at BMCC.

I started teaching at BMCC as a part-time instructor back in 1993. I became a member of the full-time faculty in Spring of 2000. I teach Introduction to Sociology, Urban Sociology, Sociology of the Family, and the Sociology Capstone coure. I teach face to face and on line classes.??A






  • B.A. Union College, Schenectady, New York, Political Science,1990
  • Ph.D. Graduate Center of the City University of New York, Sociology,2002

Courses Taught

Research and Projects

  • CUNY Research Project on Academic Momentum

    From 2011-2013, Professor Isserles served as Project Director for the CUNY Research Project on Academic Momentum. This project, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, sought to test Clifford Adelman’s theory of Early Academic Momentum in the Community College setting. We conducted Randomized Control Trial Experiments looking at the effects of three different types of academic interventions on first year community college students in CUNY. While we are tracking these students we have also conducted in-depth interviews with 30 project students. We are currently writing up our findings.


  • The Dialectics of Care in Everyday Life

    Professor Isserles is writing on the Ethic of Care and how it contradictorily intersects with our everyday experiences– as workers, as consumers, in our school curricula and our political culture. 

  • In the forthcoming book, Learning from Each Other (edited by Jeffrey Chin and Michele Kozimer-Kim), University of California Press (2018), Robin has a chapter, ?Cultivating Engagement and Deepening Understanding While Leaving the Textbook Behind?, outlining her decision to teach a Writing Intensive Introduction to Sociology course without a textbook, replacing it with a solid piece of sociological research. She analyzes student work to demonstrate how she successfully meets three important learning objectives and how the experience is deepening her students’ engagement with the material during and after the class is over.
  • Battery Park City User Study
    Along with colleague, Michele Ronda (Sociology, Coordinator of BMCC’s Criminal Justice Program), we are conducting a user study of Battery Park City Parks. We are working with 26 current and former BMCC students who have been trained in conducting systematic counting and survey interviews. We will also be training students to code and analyze the data, as well as write up ethnographic observations. This project is currently underway.


Honors, Awards and Affiliations

  • 2014 PSC-CUNY Grant

    Awarded a PSC-CUNY Grant to continue working on CUNY Academic Momentum Project

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