Research Assistant

ISPU is seeking 1-2 research assistants for a project that will examine and quantify the responses of American audiences of varying ethical and racial backgrounds to the anti-Muslim tropes previous studies have documented, and the impact of these audience responses on their willingness to lend public support to anti-Muslim and undemocratic state policy.

The project will measure the impact popular programs containing anti-Muslim tropes have on the following:

Objective 1:  Audience scores on the ISPU Islamophobia Index

Objective 2:  Audience acceptance of anti-Muslim policies

Objective 3:  Audience acceptance of authoritarian and undemocratic policies

Once the research is complete, we will utilize the findings to educate the public and raise awareness of these impacts in order to equip decision-makers in the creative community.

Scope of activities:

    • Be available and present at weekly check-in with the project team at agreed upon date and time.
    • Work with PI and other RA to achieve the following:
      • Refine project methodology
      • IRB submission
      • Develop pre and post-surveys
      • Focus groups protocol development
      • Assist in observing and taking notes during focus groups.
      • Contribute to analyzing quantitative and qualitative data and contribute to writing the first draft of report from PI lead outline, summarizing the findings of the research.
    • Address and make sure all advisors’ feedback is incorporated/considered in methodology and final reports.
      Assist the PI in Developing content for PPT slide deck with key findings from the study if needed
    • Assist with dissemination activities and planning

Position Logistics:

    • Position Title: Research Assistant, Muslim Narratives in Popular Media: An Audience Study
    • Period of Performance: 18 months, March 1, 2023 – September 30, 2024
    • Location: US-based, virtual
    • Classification: Part time
    • Pay Rate: $20 an hour/8 hours a week


    • Currently enrolled in a graduate or undergraduate degree program OR Bachelor’s/Master’s degree completed.
    • Experience in qualitative community-based research and/or survey research.
    • Experience setting up systems for qualitative and/or quantitative research.
    • Ability to engage academics and a diverse group of community leaders alike.
    • Demonstrated ability to gather, analyze, and present information in a clear, concise, and understandable manner.
    • Strong interpersonal, cross-cultural, and problem-solving skills.
    • Highly motivated individual with the ability to work independently and operate on a flexible work schedule.

To apply, please email your cover letter, resume, and a writing sample by February 28 to: humanresources@ispu.org. No phone calls, please.

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