Dr. Karam Dana joined ISPU in December 2011 as a Fellow. He is an Associate 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 PhD 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 U.S. 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
Karam Dana, 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.
Karam Dana, 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).
Karam Dana, 2017, “The West Bank Apartheid/Separation Wall: Space, Punishment, and the Disruption of Social Continuity,” Geopolitics, DOI: 10.1080/14650045.2016.1275576.
Karam Dana, 2016, “Confronting Injustice Beyond Borders: Palestinian Identity and Nonviolent Resistance,” Politics, Groups, and Identities, DOI: 10.1080/21565503.2016.1229625.
Karam Dana and Hannah Walker, 2015, “Invisible Disasters: The Effects of Israeli Occupation on Palestinian Gender Roles,” Journal of Contemporary Arab Affairs 8, no. 4.
Karam Dana, 2015, “Review of ‘Why the West Fears Islam: An Exploration of Muslims in Liberal Democracies’ by Jocelyne Cesari,” International Journal of Middle East Studies 47, no. 4: 837–39.
Karam Dana 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, 119–50 (Beirut, Lebanon: Arab Institute for Research and Publishing).
Karam Dana and Stephen Franklin, 2013, “Islam in America” in Islam for Journalists: A Primer on Covering Muslim Communities in America, ed. Lawrence Pintak and Stephen Franklin, 96–127 (Columbia, MO: Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute).
Karam Dana, 2012, “Negotiating Influence: The Economy, Security Apparatus, and the Asad Regime,” The Syrian Studies Association Bulletin 17, no. 2. Review of Bassam Haddad’s Business Networks in Syria: The Political Economy of Authoritarian Resilience.
Karam Dana, Matt Barreto, and Kassra Oskooii, 2011, “Mosques as American Institutions: Mosque Attendance, Religiosity, and Integration into American Society,”Journal of Religions 2, no. 4: 504–24.
Karam Dana, 2011, “Muslims in America: A profile,” The Dubai Initiative Paper Series, The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
Karam Dana, 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.
Karam Dana, 2011, “Review of ‘The Cartoons that Shook the World’ by Jyttee Klausen,”Journal of Politics and Religion 4, no. 2: 390–92.
Karam Dana and Stephen Franklin, 2011, “Islam and Muslims in America,” in Islam and Main Street: A Crash Course for Domestic American Reporters, ed. Lawrence Pintak. The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication, Center for Distance and Professional Education, Washington State University.