Meet Our Faculty: Dr. Randall Salm

Professional headshot of CSM instructor Dr. Randall SalmMeet Dr. Randall Salm

Associate Professor, School of Liberal Arts,  Social Sciences Department

Faculty member since 2018

Courses Taught

I teach most of the sociology courses taught at CSM: Introduction to Sociology; Social Problems; Technology and Society; Race and Ethnicity; Gender and Sexuality; and Global Societies and Globalization. 


I am an associate professor of sociology at CSM in Leonardtown, Md. Over the last 30 years, I have worked in a variety of fields, including higher education, social science research, conflict resolution, peacebuilding, and exploitative child labor. I've led conflict resolution and human rights training in Colombia; juvenile justice training; USDOL exploitative child labor cooperative agreements; social research projects; peace education work in Rakhine State, Myanmar; and conducted primary research on Syrians affected by the armed conflict, leading to six reports addressing displacement, protection, and humanitarian access.


Educational Background 

I have a bachelor of arts in history; master’s degrees in conflict analysis and resolution and in business administration; and a Ph.D. in sociology, with a specialization in globalization and study of ethnic identity in Syria. Since 1990, I have taught over 100 courses in sociology and conflict resolution, and written on conflict resolution, peace education, child labor, and ethnic conflict in Syria.



My teaching style involves building on students' experiences and skills to promote understanding of important sociological concepts and critical thinking skills. As much as possible, we do case studies of relevant issues within our society or global societies to apply theories and concepts studied in class. I emphasize critical analysis of social issues, emphasizing how social structures influence everyday life.


I have led Social Justice Day events at the Leonardtown Campus since I started here, bringing many local organizations and agencies on campus to interact with CSM students and examine local social problems.

  • Report on the Population Affected by Armed Conflict in Syria. December 2015. Antakya, Turkey: NGO Forum, 2015.  
  • No Where Safe to Go: A Study of Internally Displaced Population Movement for the Affected Population in Syria. Antakya, Turkey: NGO Forum, December 2015.  
  • A Study of Attacks by Armed Groups in Syria and Syrian Civilians Casualties in 2015. Antakya, Turkey: NGO Forum, November 2015.  
  •  “Conflict Analysis of the Education Sector in Rakhine State for the UNICEF Peacebuilding, Education and Advocacy in Conflict Affected Countries Programme.” UNICEF Myanmar. Yangon, Myanmar. April 2014. Unpublished report. 
  •  “A Pilot Study of Quality of Life Indicators in Fairfax County, VA.” Fairfax, VA: GMU Center for Social Science Research, 2008.  
  • Country reports for “Belize, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Guyana and Venezuela,” for the U.S. Department of Labor’s 2006 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor, Washington DC, September 2007. 
  • Laws Governing Exploitive Child Labor Report and the Child Labor section of the Labor Rights Report for the Free Trade Agreements for Peru and Colombia, Washington, DC 2007 and 2008.  
  • “From Conflict Resolution Curriculum to Peace Camps,” in And the Children Shall Lead Them: An NGO Journey Into Peace Education, Federal Way, WA: World Vision, 2006. 
  • Final Report of the Evaluation on the Use of Mediation to Solve Civil Conflict in Panama, in Spanish. Panama: Management Sciences for Development and USAID, 2002. 
  •  Handbook of Techniques for Conciliation, in Spanish. Bogotá: Management Sciences for Development and USAID, 2001.  
  • “A Study of Student Conflict in Colombian Schools,” in Spanish, coauthored with Eduardo Gomez, in Investigación Educativa y Formación Docente. Bogotá: El Bosque University, 2000.  
  • The Solution of Conflicts in Schools, in Spanish. Bogotá: Edit. Magisterio, 1999. 170 pages. 6,000 copies sold in Latin America to date.  
  •  “Refugee and Displaced Children: The Legacy of Armed Conflict,” in Hunger, 1993: Uprooted People. Washington, DC: Bread for the World Institute, 1993.  


Conference Presentations:  

  • A Model for Understanding War Experiences, Socialization, Identity and Social Stigma of Child Soldiers, at the American Sociological Association conference, Philadelphia, 2018.  
  • Ethnic identity in Syria as markers for opposition and support for Assad regime, at the Eastern Sociological Society Conference, Baltimore, 2018.  
  • Forms of Structural Violence in Syria, Public Sociology Conference, Arlington VA 2016.  
  • Socialization and Identity of Vulnerable Children in Colombia, at the Eastern Sociological Society Conference. New York. 2012.  
  • The State of Displaced and Refugee Children Worldwide, at the International Development Conference. Washington, DC. 1993.  
  • The Psychological Effects of War on Children, for the Wisconsin Institute for the Study of War, Peace and Global Cooperation. 1988 and 1989

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Last updated: 4-25-23

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