Schneur Z. Newfield

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Assistant Professor
Social Sciences, Human Services and Criminal Justice


Office: N-669

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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, 2016

Courses Taught

SOC 200 (Social Problems)
SOC 350 (Sociology Capstone)

Research and Projects

  • Dr. Newfield’s research focuses on the process individuals undergo when making major life transitions. His book, Degrees of Separation: Identity Formation While Leaving Ultra-Orthodox Judaism (Temple University Press, 2020), explores the lives of a group of men and women who were raised in ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities and decided to leave that way of life.


Honors, Awards and Affiliations

  • Faculty Fellowship Publication Program, CUNY, 2020
  • Knapp Foundation Travel Grant, 2019
  • 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

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