Dr. Arifa Javed, is a sociology professor at the University of Michigan in Dearborn. Her area of research being immigration, acculturation, issues of identity and mainstreaming in United States. She hails from an academic family and has continued the tradition. She is creating an impact by entering into the field of producing documentaries based on her research. Her first documentary ‘Essential Arrival’ has been well received and has been screened at multiple film festivals.
She herself is an immigrant from New Delhi in India and that has helped her first hand to twine her personal experiences with her academic research. She lives with her husband and two children.