Youssef Chouhoud

Youssef Chouhoud

Youssef Chouhoud


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Youssef Chouhoud is an assistant professor of political science at Christopher Newport University, where he is affiliated with the Reiff Center for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution. Youssef completed his PhD at the Political Science and International Relations program at the University of Southern California as a Provost’s Fellow. His research interests include political attitudes and behavior, survey methodology, and comparative democratization.

Youssef’s dissertation theorizes the changing contours of political tolerance in both established and nascent democracies. Through original survey analysis, experimental findings, and in-depth elite interviews, his project demonstrates how group identity conditions the expression of liberal norms. This comparative examination of tolerance offers new theoretical and empirical traction for public opinion researchers, while also providing practical insights for community advocates and rights activists.

Prior to enrolling at USC, Youssef earned a bachelor’s degree in History at Lehigh University where, as a President’s Scholar, he went on to complete a master’s degree in Political Science. He is an alum of the American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute and a Fellow at the Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research.


BA, MA, Lehigh University; PhD, University of Southern California

Areas of Expertise

  1. Race and Ethnic Politics
  2. Religion and Politics
  3. Survey Analysis
  4. Political Attitudes and Behavior


Other Work

Berry, Justin, Youssef Chouhoud, and Jane Junn. “Reaching Beyond Low-Hanging Fruit: Surveying Low Incidence Populations.” In The Oxford Handbook of Polling and Polling Methods. New York: Oxford University Press, 2016.

Chouhoud, Youssef. “Modern Pathways to Doubt in Islam.” Dallas, TX: Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research, 2016.

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