Faculty Directory
Roberta Farber


Adjunct Associate Professor of Sociology

PhD, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, 1978
Other, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, 1969
BA, CIty College of the City University of New York, 1966

Dr. Roberta Farber received an MPA and a PhD from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. For the last 19 years she has taught sociology at Stern College for Women. In addition to teaching core sociology courses, she developed courses on Jews in America, Israeli Identities, and the Sociology of Religion. Her teaching, research, and writing interests reflect these topics but focus on processes of change, including the change process of baalei teshuva and the changing response of Jewish Orthodox communities in America and Israel to social problems like wife abuse. She regards this latter process as an example of social change within a traditional religious community. For a long time she has had an interest in the interaction between methodologies, feminism, spirituality, and social change, particularly as expressed in the 1960s and 1970s into the present. Her publications include JEWISH STUDIES IN VIOLENCE: A COLLECTION OF ESSAYS, co-edited with Simcha Fishbane, and JEWS IN AMERICA: A CONTEMPORARY READER, co-edited with Chaim I. Waxman.


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Spring 2017
Sociological Theories
SOCI 1640


The American Jewish Community
SOCI 1730