Bahira Sherif Trask, Ph.D.   Globalization and Families:
  Accelerated Systemic Social Change

Bahira Sherif Trask, Ph.D.

Dr. Bahira Sherif Trask is a Professor of Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Delaware. She graduated from Yale University with an undergraduate degree in Political Science and a concentration in International Relations, and earned a PhD in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania.

Over the course of her academic career, Professor Trask has focused on teaching, researching, writing and speaking about issues of diversity, gender, and work and family in a culturally changing world. She is a strong proponent of the view that both diversity and gender are broad dynamic concepts that encompass different belief and value systems, and are informed and influenced by socio-historical context and individual experiences. Globalization is creating an environment where individuals of very different cultural backgrounds are interacting with each other in all spheres of life as never before. This suggests that we are increasingly being exposed to different ways of thinking, cultural values, and new forms of family life. She feels that it is imperative that we promote greater cultural understanding in order to improve the lives of all individuals and their families.

In her most recent book, Globalization and Families: Accelerated Systemic Social Change, (Springer, 2010), Dr. Trask specifically analyzes the relationship between globalizing forces and transformations in the social order and she focuses on the rapidity, complexity, and consequences of these changes. In addition to this work, Dr. Trask has co-edited Cultural Diversity and Families: Expanding Perspectives, (Sage, 2007), and The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Women’s Issues Worldwide, (Greenwood, 2003).

Much of Dr. Trask’s scholarship has been informed through participation with a number of international, national and community based research projects that focus on diversity, gender and work, and strengthening low-income families. Much of this work has been concerned with improving holistic family support programs in order to enhance the lives of vulnerable children and individuals. This research has been funded by the Annie E. Casey foundation, the Margurite Casey foundation, and the Blue Prints Communities Initiative. Dr. Trask’s involvement on these projects reflects her belief that it is incumbent on academics to share their knowledge in a practical manner that will help improve societal conditions and promote civic advancement.

Dr, Trask has also published numerous articles in Anthropology Today, Practicing Anthropology, the Journal of Family Issues, the Journal of Comparative Family Studies, the Journal of Family Social Work, Qualitative Inquiry, and the Journal of Teaching About Families and Marriage: Innovations in Family Science. She has also authored and co-authored over forty chapters and review articles on cultural and family diversity, gender roles, and work, and family life in significant edited volumes and handbooks.

In terms of her professional activities, Dr. Trask has served in a variety of capacities on national and local boards and committees. From 2006 – 2009 Dr. Trask served as an elected board member of NCFR (National Council on Family Relations), the umbrella organization for family scholars. She continues to be involved with a variety of NCFR committees in order to assist in keeping the organization on the cutting edge of family concerns. Dr. Trask has also served as President of the Family Science Association and as Co-Chair of the Family Policy Taskforce for the American Anthropological Association. A frequent presenter at national and international conferences, Dr.Trask is an acknowledged expert witness and national commentator on challenges facing American families. She serves as a reviewer for several major journals including Contemporary Ethnography, Early Childhood Research Quarterly, Journal of Human Organization: Applied Anthropology, Fathering and Fatherhood, Qualitative Inquiry, Journal of Family Issues, Family Relations and Family Science Review. In addition to her academic activities, Dr. Trask is involved in service activities with several non-profits that assist vulnerable youths.

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