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Margaret Abraham

Margaret Abraham is Professor of Sociology and Special Advisor to the Provost for Diversity Initiatives at Hofstra University, New York. She is the Vice President for Research of the International Sociological Association (ISA, 2010-2014) and also serves as the American Sociological Association Representative to the ISA.


Margaret is an action researcher committed to promoting social change. Building on her teaching and research interests in gender, social justice, ethnicity, globalization, immigration, and domestic violence, she has published in various journals including Current Sociology, Social Justice, Gender & Society, Violence Against Women, andIndian Journal of Gender Studies. She is the award-winning author of Speaking the Unspeakable (Rutgers University Press 2000), the first book on Marital Violence Among South Asian Immigrants in the United States. She is the co-editor of the recently published Contours of Citizenship: Women, Diversity and the Practices of Citizenship (Ashgate 2010) and Making a Difference: Linking Research and Action in Practice, Pedagogy and Policy for Social Justice (Current Sociology Monograph Series, March 2012).


A researcher and activist in the field of domestic violence in the South Asian immigrant community in the U.S. for nearly 20 years, Margaret  frequently writes, speaks publicly, teaches courses, facilitates workshops, serves on editorial boards and consults on national projects related to domestic violence. She has served on the Board of Directors of Community Based Organizations and has also been honored for her community action research. Her work has been profiled and quoted in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Newsday, India Abroad, and India Today.