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 more recently second generation Palestinian-Americans. The latter was an ethnographic study of a Palestinian-American community for her PhD dissertation.
Randa has taught courses on democratization, immigration to the United States, political and classical theory, sociology of exclusion, and social movements.
Her publications include "Palestinian Weddings: Inventing Palestine in New Jersey," and a co-edited book titled, "American Democracy and the Pursuit of Equality."
She is currently working on turning her PhD dissertation, titled "Suspended Community" into a book. She also is studying NYPD surveillance of Arab Americans and was recently awarded a grant to conduct the first national survey of Palestinian Americans.
Randa also assumed the position of director of Arab Studies upon joining AU in 2011, which since she has turned into a major degree granting program.
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