Department of Sociology
Randa Serhan is a political sociologist who is interested in immigrant communities, nationalism, and citizenship. She began graduate school in Canada where she was interested in gender and law. Since then she has worked on PTSD in post-conflict Lebanon, meanings of refugeeness, and second generation Palestinian-Americans.
Randa joined AU as an assistant professor in Sociology and the director of Arab Studies in 2011. In 2013, under her leadership, Arab World Studies became a full degree-granting program offering a BA in Arab World Studies.
In 2015, Randa returned fulltime to the sociology department in order to focus on her scholarly research and writing.
Her publications include "Palestinian Weddings: Inventing Palestine in New Jersey," a co-edited book titled, "American Democracy and the Pursuit of Equality," and “Muslim Immigration to America.” She is currently converting a data from a 7-year ethnography in metropolitan New York into a book tentatively titled, "Assimilation Suspended: The Making of Palestinian Americans."
Beyond working on her manuscript, she is also studying NYPD surveillance of Arab Americans and looking to expand this work to Washington, DC.
Randa has taught courses on urban ethnography, immigration to the United States, political and classical theory, sociology of exclusion, and social movements.
Broader Interests: Qualitative methods, sociological and political theory, race and ethnicity, nation-state formation and citizenship.
PhD, MPhil, MA, Sociology, Columbia University
MA, Sociology, University of Windsor
BA, Sociology, American University of Beirut
HS, American School of Kuwait