Youssef Chouhoud

Youssef Chouhoud

Youssef Chouhoud

Fellow

Areas of Expertise: Race and Ethnic Politics, Religion and Politics, Survey Analysis

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Youssef Chouhoud is a PhD candidate in 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.

Education

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

Areas of Expertise

  1. Race and Ethnic Politics
  2. Religion and Politics
  3. Survey Analysis

Publications

  • Marriage is a perennial topic in American Muslim circles—alternatively a source of joy or anxiety depending on the context. On the one hand, the centrality of marriage should come as no surprise given the numerous textual prescriptions (both in Quran and hadith) lauding and encouraging...

  • Judging by how Oklahoma voted in the recent election, one might conclude that despite its tiny Muslim population, Oklahoma was on the verge of becoming an Islamic caliphate in Middle America. The reality is of course far different. Oklahoma State Question 755, which passed, asked voters whether state courts should be forbidden "from considering or using Sharia Law." Similar legislation is being considered in Tennessee, and Louisiana recently became the first state to pass several b

  • Judging by how Oklahoma voted in the recent election, one might conclude that despite its tiny Muslim population, Oklahoma was on the verge of becoming an Islamic caliphate in Middle America. The reality is of course far different. Oklahoma State Question 755, which passed, asked voters whether state courts should be forbidden "from considering or using Sharia Law." Similar legislation is being considered in Tennessee, and Louisiana recently became the first state to pass several b

  • This is a summary of the key findings of ISPU’s American Muslim Poll 2017: Muslims at the Crossroads, a poll which offers a timely and groundbreaking look into the American Muslim community. From early on in a deeply divisive presidential election cycle until today, American...

  • American Muslim Poll 2017: Muslims at the Crossroads offers a timely and groundbreaking look into the American Muslim community. From early on in a deeply divisive presidential election cycle until today, American Muslims have been at the center of heated social and political debates. One byproduct...

  • One of the hallmark theories in political science is the so-called “paradox of voting.” The reward citizens get from casting a ballot, according to this model, is a function of the benefit accrued from their preferred candidate being elected, multiplied by the probability that their...

Other Works

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.