Rebecca A. Karam is a Dean’s Research Associate in the Department of Sociology at Michigan State University. Her work examines how ethnic and racial minorities navigate their place in America’s racial hierarchy while accounting for the increasingly salient role of religious identity in these processes.
Her dissertation project, entitled “Making Muslim Americans: Parenting Practices, Parochial Schools, and the Transmission of Faith Across Generations in Metropolitan Detroit,” was defended in 2020. This ethnographic and interview-based project examines the intergenerational transmission of religion and parenting strategies among second-generation Muslim American adults. Despite Islam being widely stigmatized in contemporary America, this project provides evidence of patterns of upper-middle-class Muslim Americans assimilating socioeconomically without losing their religious identity.