Biography and Education
Arifa Javed has been at the University of Michigan Dearborn since 1998 after moving from India in 1995, where she launched her academic career as an assistant professor in 1988.
Social dynamics revolving around cultural issues has always been the focus of her research. Her recent areas of research interest include immigration, acculturation, changing family dynamics, and challenges of parenting. She has worked extensively with post 1995 immigrants of varied ethnic backgrounds in United States that includes Arabic, Bosnian, Bangladeshi, Chaldean, Indian and Pakistani immigrant families.
Teaching and Research
Currently working on a documentary on Sikhs in America as a writer and producer. This will be an educational film with a sociological perspective discussing Sikhs as a distinct group among Indian immigrants, highlighting their religious and cultural details. This follows her first documentary “Essential Arrival-Michigan’s Indian Immigrants in the 21st century”, that she wrote and produced in 2014.
“Mainstreaming Immigrant Children through Parallel Socialization Workshops," a chapter published in the 2009 book Voices of Diversity (edited by Dr. Mary Cay Sengstock).
Muslim Society in Transition- Case study of Muslims of Hyderabad (1990 and 1992) based on her Ph.D. dissertation. She was an Indian Council of Social Science research fellow as Ph.D. student and received a grant for its publication.
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