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Schneur Zalman Newfield


Schneur Zalman Newfield is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Jewish Studies at Hunter College. He received his PhD in Sociology from New York University, with a focus on cultural sociology and the study of identity, narrative, and resocialization. He holds an MA from NYU in sociology and a BA from Brooklyn College, CUNY, in psychology.


Prior to arriving at Hunter, he was an Assistant Professor at Borough of Manhattan Community College. Beforejoining CUNY, he taught sociology courses for two years in six New Jersey state prisons through Rutgers University-Newark’s New Jersey Scholarship and Transformative Education in Prisons (NJ-STEP) program.


Dr. Newfield’s research focuses on the process individuals undergo when making major life transitions. His book, Degrees of Separation: Identity Formation While Leaving Ultra-Orthodox Judaism (Temple University Press, 2020), explores the lives of a group of men and women who were raised in ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities and decided to leave that way of life.



Degrees of Separation: Identity Formation While Leaving Ultra-Orthodox Judaism, Temple University Press


“Grandfathers Against Bar Mitzvahs: Secular Immigrant Jews Confront Religion in 1940s America,”Zutot: Perspectives of Jewish Culture



Zalman's Personal Website  

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Faculty Publications

Across Generations
Building Popular Power
Fighting To Learn
High Profile Crimes
New York and Amsterdam
One Out of These
Opting Out
Questioning The Veil
Sadomasochism In Everyday Life
Seeing The Light
Sewing Women
Strangers No More
The Unhappy Divorce of Sociology and Psychoanalysis
Torture Twilight of Empire
Immigration and Social Capital in the Age of Social Media
A Dream Denied
Being a Scholar in the Digital Era
Foucault's Orient
Oh Book Cover
Opting In
White Lies
Cyber Racism
Going Public
Digital Sociologies
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