Assistant Professor

School of International Service

American University

4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20016
202 895 4921;   Fax 202 895 4939



Ph.D. Political Science (Middle East), University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT. 1995.

Teaching Experience:

Assistant Professor, School of International Service, American University, Fall 2008 to Present.

Courses: Religion and Politics Worldwide, Cross Cultural Communication

Adjunct faculty, Arab Studies Program, American University, Spring 2008.

Course: Contemporary Arab World

Instructor, International Institute of Islamic Thought, Herndon, VA, 2008-Present.

Courses: (1) Historical and Contemporary Islamic Movements, (2) Muslims in America

Instructor, Social Sciences, Community College of Baltimore County, Catonsville, 2005

Course: Muslims in the United States (developed class).

Teaching fellow, Arabic Language and Culture, Middle East Center, University of Utah. 1986-1987.

Courses: Modern Standard Arabic (taught three classes of first year Arabic)

Research Experience:


Research Director, Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Washington, DC. 1995-2007 (Developed research and symposia focusing on Islam and Muslims in America and American-Islamic relations).


Islamophobia and Anti-Americanism: Causes and Remedies (ed.), Beltsville, MD: Amana Publications, 2007.

The North American Muslim Resource Guide: Muslim Community Life in the United States and Canada. New York, NY: Routledge, 2002.

Papers and Book Chapters:

“Islamophobia Dynamics in the West,” PS Supplement (2008, forthcoming)

“Women, Gender and Freedom of Expression, and Freedom of Religious Expression: United States,” and “Women, Gender and Religious Associations: United States,” in Suad Joseph (ed.) Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures. Leiden, the Netherlands: Brill Publishers, Vols 1, 2003 and 2, 2005.

“Muslim Organizations in the United States: Before and After 9/11,” in Philippa Strum (ed.) Muslims in the United States: Identity, Influence, Innovation. Washington, DC: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, 2005.

“Muslims in American Public Life,” in Yvonne Haddad (ed.) From Sojourners to Citizens. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2002.

Backtracking on Democratization in Egypt: Implications for U.S. Policy, CAIR, 1996.

Survey Research:


American Muslims and the Elections: 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, CAIR.

Muslim Student Views of Women, CAIR, 1997.

American Public Opinion about Islam and Muslims, 2004 and 2005.

Research in Progress

American Muslims and Evangelicals, Survey project in collaboration with Brian Calfano, Missouri State University.

Conference Papers:

“Exegesis, Social Science and the Place of Jews in the Qur’an,” American Academy of Religion Regional Conference, Baltimore, Maryland, March 24, 2009.

“Contemporary Islamic Activism and the Challenge of Peacebuilding,” 37th Annual Conference of the Association of Muslim Social Scientists, hosted by the Harvard Divinity School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, October 25, 2008. 

“Middle East Peace Building: Engaging the Islamists,” paper presented at  Islamic Traditions of Peace and Nonviolence Conference, Center for Global Peace, American University, May 5, 2008.

“Prospects for an American Muslim Polity: Implications for Muslim World Democratization,” Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy, April 22-23, 2005.

“The U.S. 2004 Elections: A Victory for American Muslim Identity,” Middle East Studies Association. November 21, 2005.

“Becoming Part of the West: American Muslim Institution Building,” 35th Annual Meeting, Middle East Studies Association, Washington, DC, November 22, 1999.

“Imams, Activists and Muslim Adaptation to Life in America,” 33rd Annual Meeting, Middle East Studies Association, San Francisco, CA, November 23, 1997.

“In Search for a Place in the American Body Politic: Political Attitudes of American Muslims,” 29th Annual Meeting, Northeast Political Science Association, Philadelphia, PA, November 15, 1997.

Invited Talks and Lectures:

“The Qur’an and Social Sciences,” Seminar participant and presenter, International Institute of Islamic Thought July 14-28, 2008.

“Jews and Muslims in Conversation: Jerusalem” Joint dialogue initiative of the Islamic Society of North America and the Union for Reformed Judaism Davies Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church, Camp Springs, Maryland, May 18, 2008 .

“Beyond Stereotypes: Islamophobia and the War on Terror,” Brueggeman Center for Dialogue, Xavior University, February 3, 2008.

“Breaking the Vicious Cycle of Islamophobia and Anti-Americanism,” Center for Muslim Christian Understanding, September 20, 2007.

“Jurists, Activists and Intellectuals and the Making of American Muslim Discourse,” at Islam and Muslim Citizenship in Non-Muslim Liberal Democracies, Muslims Studies Program, Michigan State University, April 21, 2007.

“Post 9/11 Consequences for Arabs and Muslims in America,” Islam in the West Seminar Series, Harvard University, March 24, 2004.

“Understanding Muslim Cultures,” Community College of Baltimore County, February 26, 2004.

“Arab Americans and American Muslims After 9-11,” Democracy at a Critical Juncture, Pace University, New York, June, 2002.

“Islam, Terrorism and U.S. Policy,” Center for Islamic Studies at Florida International University, Miami, FL, November 6, 1998.

“Peace, Justice and Responsibility in the Middle East,” Office of International Programs and Services, George Mason University, April 6, 1996.

Panel Discussions:

“The Impact of the Gulen Movement,” in Islam in the Age of Global Challenges: Alternative Perspectives of the Gulen Movement, Georgetown University and Rumi Forum, Washington, DC, November 15, 2008 (Panel Chair).

“Global Attitudes on Islam-West Relations,” with Steven Kull, U.S. Congress, March, 2007.

“The Iraq Study Group Report: Implications for U.S. Policy,” with Shibley Telhami, Walid Muallim, Larry Shaw, and Parvez Ahmed. National Press Club. February, 2007.

“Shias, Sunnis, and the Future of U.S. Relations with the Muslim World,” with Sayed H. Nasr, National Press Club, September 29, 2005.

“Islamophobia and Anti-Americanism: Causes and Remedies,” CAIR, May 13-15, 2005 (a seven-panel conference).

“Religious Minority Rights in Western States and Muslim Countries,” with Yvonne Haddad and Jocelyne Cesari, US Congress, January 25, 1999.

“Islam, The U.S. Constitution, and the Concept of Civil Rights,” CAIR, May 5, 1997.

Professional and Scholarly Service:

Referee, The American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences, 2008.

Referee, Journal of Law and Religion, Hamline University School of Law, 2009.

Weber Award Committee Member, Religion and Politics Section, American Political Science Association, 2008-Present.

Committee Member, Rosa Parks Scholarship, CAIR, 2004-2007.

Scholar, Muslims in American Public Square Project, Georgetown University, Washington, DC, 1999-2004.

Research Committee Member, Mosque Study Project, Hartford Seminary, 2000-2002.

Participant, Islamic Roundtable, Office of International Religious Freedom, U.S. Department of State, 1999-2001.

Outside member of dissertation committee, Graduate School of Education and Human Development, George Washington University, 1998 (dissertation by Mohamed S. Omeish titled: Muslim Students’ Perception of Prejudice and Discrimination in American Academia).

Expert witness, “Religion in Public Schools: The Muslim Experience,” U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, Washington, DC. May 20, 1998.

Selected Working Papers, and Commentary:

“Nineteen Questions on Shia-Sunni Relations,” with Liyakat Takim and Asma Afsaruddin, Islamic Horizons, November/December 2007 (feature piece).

“In Celebration of the Fourth of July: A Test of Our American Values,” San Francisco Chronicle, July 4, 2007 (Oped).

“Radical Hope: Reform and Conflict Resolution,” Tikkun Magazine. March 8, 2005 (Oped).

“An American View: Osama Bin Laden, the United States and Muslims,” al-Hayat, January 9, 2002 (Oped, in Arabic).

“United in Sorrow: EgyptAir Crash Sheds New Light on American Muslims.” MSNBC, November 3, 1999 (Oped).

“The Many Faces of Islam,” Washington Times, October 19, 1998 (Oped).

Computer Skills:

Word, Access, Excel, Power Point, SPSS, Blackboard (online teaching).


Arabic: Fluent.

English: Fluent.

French: Standard proficiency.

Professional Memberships:

American Political Science Association.

Middle East Studies Association.

American Academy of Religion.


Upon Request.