REBECCA A. KARAM is a doctoral candidate in sociology and recipient of the Carell Dissertation Fellowship (2018-2019) at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York City. She received her BA in sociology from University of Michigan-Dearborn. Her research is situated at the intersection of the sociology of religion, international migration, and race and ethnic studies. She is particularly interested in American Islam and generational differences in immigrant religious communities.
Rebecca is currently working on her dissertation entitled “Making Muslim Americans: Parenting Practices, Parochial Schools, and the Transmission of Faith Across Generations in Metropolitan Detroit.” Using qualitative methods, she is conducting a study investigating the intergenerational transmission of religion and parenting strategies among second-generation Muslim American adults in Metropolitan Detroit in order to reveal often misunderstood connections between religiosity and acculturation in contemporary Muslim American communities.
In addition to her studies, Rebecca serves as the princpal investigator of the MAP Project commissioned by the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding. This study investigates Muslim contributions to the state of Michigan across several key areas including medicine, STEM, economics, and non-profits (among several others). The MAP Project confronts empirical limitations to the comprehensive study of religious communities in the United States by utilizing Muslim-particular data collection techniques. This study has culminated in a social media campaign, policy brief, and report (available here).
Updated Spring 2018