Dr. Solomon Selvam

Dr. Selvam is involved in the production of serious graduates to bring about social changes across the world.


As a senior professor of sociology in a leading HBCU and a top ranked university in the United States, Dr. Selvam enjoys his long and loyal teaching service to his students and to the academia. His diverse research interests such as traditional societies, minorities, tribes (Kallar in Tamil Nadu, Australian Aborigines, Maya, Inca and Aztec in Americas, etc.) and rural women and modern constructs like class, and state, globalization and global poverty, terrorism, urban gangs and urbanism and other issues equip him with a comprehensive international perspective, rarely seen, on contemporary society.

Born in a family with teaching traditions for five generations, widely travelled, heavily followed local and global political activism for redistribution of resources across the board, he is involved in the production of serious graduates to bring about social changes across the world.


  • Ph.D., M.Phil., and M.A. in Sociology, The City University of New York, New York, 1991
  • M.Phil. in Sociology, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
  • M.A. in Sociology, Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai
  • B.A. Pasumpon Muthuramalinga Thevar College, Usilampatti

Research Interests

  • Social Constructs and Stratification: Caste, Class, Race, Ethnicity, Gender
  • State, Social and Political Movements
  • Capitalism, Globalization and Global Poverty
  • Women, Gender Inequality
  • Traditional Societies, Tribes
  • History of Religion and Social Control
  • History of Jesus of Nazareth

    Activities and Honors

    • Promoting Social Science Research on HIV/AIDS in India, National Institute of Health, Bethesda, MD, December 7, 2012 Submitted
    • Casteism in India and Racism in America: Discrimination in a Global and Comparative Perspective, Southern Regional Education Board, February 6, 2007
    • Corruption in Public and Private Life: The Case of India Today, Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, March 2001
    • Campaign Against Christian Minorities in India, Southern Regional association Board, Atlanta, 1999
    • Eradication of Female Infanticide, Laubach Literacy International, NY, 1992-95
    • Campaign Against female Infanticide, Global Ministries of Methodist Women, 1992 (This fellowship was awarded to do research on female infanticide in Madurai district of Tamil Nadu state in southern India).
    • Doctoral Students Council, The City University of New York, 1989-1990
    • CUNY Vice Presidential Fellow, 1986-1990
    • India Overseas Doctoral Fellow, 1984-1988
    • CCSR-Indian Council of Social Science Research Fellow, 1981-1984

    Recent Publications

    • “Gandhism: Its Practices and Global Impact,” a book chapter accepted for publication, February 2016
    • Kallar (Peasants) in South Indian Freedom Struggles, a chapter for a book, Agrarian Relations, Peasant Movements, and Rural Distress in Contemporary India, February 2016
    • Management Techniques of Retail Business: The Case of Indian Owned Business in the USA, a chapter in Selvaraj, c., Governance for Excellence, JM International Publishers, 2012

    Recent Presentations

    • Higher Education in United States Today, University Of Madras Constituent College, Thiruvetriyur, Chennai, July 21, 2016
    • The Challenges of Modern Civilizations Today, Mother Teresa University, Kodaikanal, June 28, 2016
    • The Current State of Untouchability in India: The Case of Rural Scenarios Today, South Carolina Sociological Association Conference, Charleston, February 19-20, 2016
    • Emergence of Sociological theories: A Historical Perspective, Bharathidhasan University, Trichy, India, July 17, 2015
    • Gandhism Today: a Global and Historical Perspective, Mother Teresa University, Kodaikanal, India, July 10, 2015

    Dr. Solomon Selvam
    Dr. Solomon Selvam
    Professor of Sociology
    • School of Humanities & Social Sciences
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