Karam Dana

Karam Dana

Karam Dana


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Dr. Karam Dana joined ISPU in December 2011 as a Fellow. He is an Assistant Professor at the University of Washington Bothell, where he is the principal investigator of two projects: The American Muslims Research Institute (AMRI) and The Middle East Public Opinion Project (MEPOP). He received his Ph.D. from the University of Washington in 2009, after which he held a one-year post-doctoral fellowship at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University, and was a Research Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Dr. Dana was a faculty member at Tufts University, where he taught extensively on Middle East History and Politics. His Middle East-related research explores the intersection between economics and politics: the ways in which economic indicators have affected political (in)stability in the Arab Middle East, and the role of technology in shaping various social structures in the developing world (with a focus on the Arab world). Dr. Dana is the co-principal investigator of the Muslim American Public Opinion Survey (MAPOS), a research project that won the American Political Science Association’s Best Paper Award for 2008. He has secured multiple research grants over the years including a multi-year grant from the Social Science Research Council to engage US policymakers, journalists, and scholars of Islam in a discussion to find a common ground to engage in a continuous conversation to better understand Islam and Muslims in the United States.


PhD, University of Washington


Dana, Karam. 2017. “Anti-Western Feelings in the Arab World and the Role of Exposure to the West: Rethinking Connections Through Public Opinion.” Territory, Politics, Governance. DOI:10.1080/21622671.2017.1292946

Dana, Karam, Bryan Wilcox-Archuleta and Matt Barreto. 2017. “The Political Incorporation of Muslims in America: The Mobilizing Role of Religiosity in Islam.” Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Politics. Accepted/ Forthcoming.

Dana, Karam. 2017. “The West Bank Apartheid/Separation Wall: Space, Punishment, and the Disruption of Social Continuity.” Geopolitics.
DOI: 10.1080/14650045.2016.1275576

Dana, Karam. 2016. “Confronting Injustice Beyond Borders: Palestinian Identity and Nonviolent Resistance.” Politics, Groups, and Identities.
DOI: 10.1080/21565503.2016.1229625

Dana, Karam and Hannah Walker. 2015. “Invisible disasters: the effects of Israeli occupation on Palestinian gender roles.” Journal of Contemporary Arab Affairs. Volume 8, No 4 (2015).

Dana, Karam. 2015. Review of “Why the West Fears Islam: An Exploration of Muslims in Liberal Democracies” by Jocelyne Cesari. International Journal of Middle East Studies. Vol 47, No 4 (2015): 837-839.

Dana, Karam and Belal Salamah. 2015. The Islamic Liberation Party: From Intellectual Awareness to Political Practice in Palestine and Beyond. In Islamic Hizb ut-Tahrir in Palestine: Intellectual Foundation and Politics between Theory and Implementation. Pp. 119-150. Arab Institute for Research and Publishing. Beirut, Lebanon.

Dana, Karam and Stephen Franklin. 2013. “Islam in America” in Lawrence Pintak and Stephen Franklin’s (Ed.) Islam for Journalists: A Primer on Covering Muslim Communities in America. Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute. Columbia, Missouri. Pp. 96-127.

Dana, Karam. 2012. “Negotiating Influence: The Economy, Security Apparatus, and the Asad Regime.” The Syrian Studies Association Bulletin. A book review of Bassam Haddad’s Business Networks in Syria: The Political Economy of Authoritarian Resilience. Vol 17, No 2 (2012)

Dana, Karam, Matt Barreto and Kassra Oskooii. 2011. Journal of Religions. “Mosques as American Institutions: Mosque Attendance, Religiosity, and Integration into American Society.” 2(4): 504-524.

Dana, Karam. 2011. “Muslims in America: A profile.” The Dubai Initiative Paper Series. The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Dana, Karam. 2011. “Political Economics: The Challenges of Economic Development in Palestine” The Dubai Initiative Paper Series. The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Dana, Karam. 2011. Journal of Politics and Religion. Review of “The Cartoons that Shook the World” by Jyttee Klausen. 4(2): 390-392.

Dana, Karam and Stephen Franklin. 2011. “Islam and Muslims in America.” in Lawrence Pintak’s Islam and Main Street: A Crash Course for Domestic American Reporters. The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication, Center for Distance and Professional Education. Washington State University.