Schneur Z. Newfield
Social Sciences, Human Services and Criminal Justice
Phone: +1 (212) 776-6960
Dr. Schneur Zalman Newfield received his PhD in Sociology from New York University, with a focus on cultural sociology and the study of identity, narrative, and resocialization. He holds an MA from NYU in sociology and a BA from Brooklyn College, CUNY, in psychology. Prior to arriving at BMCC, he taught sociology courses for two years in six New Jersey state prisons through Rutgers University-Newark’s New Jersey Scholarship and Transformative Education in Prisons (NJ-STEP) program.
Sociology of religion and culture; qualitative research methods
- B.A. Brooklyn College, CUNY, Psychology, 2007
- M.A. New York University, Sociology, 2012
- Ph.D. New York University, Sociology, 2015
- 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.
- A close relationship exists between the social problems and the values and structures regarded by society as normal and stable. In this course, students apply sociological principles, theory, methods, and research toward an understanding of social problems. Prerequisite: SOC 100
Research and Projects
- Dr. Newfield’s research focuses on the process individuals undergo when making major life transitions. He is revising a book for publication that explores the lives of a group of individuals who were raised in ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities who decided to leave that way of life.
- “Grandfathers Against Bar Mitzvahs: Secular Immigrant Jews Confront Religion in 1940s America,” Zutot: Perspectives of Jewish Culture
- “Few Who Leave Chasidic Life Lose Their Families,” The Jewish Week
- “Ex-Haredim Cannot Save Liberal Judaism,” The Forward
Honors, Awards and Affiliations
- Footsteps Ignite Microgrant, 2018
- Travel Grant, Graduate School of Arts and Science, New York University, 2014
- Berman Grant, Association for Jewish Studies, Honorable Mention, 2014
- Targum Shlishi Dissertation Grant, 2013-2014
- Kevy Kaiserman Memorial Fellowship, Feinstein Center for American Jewish History, Temple University, 2013
- Travel Grant, Association for Jewish Studies, 2013
- Henry M. MacCracken Fellowship, New York University, 2008-2013